Michel Lynch / Mentzendorff prize draw

Win a fantastic wine weekend for two at Bordeaux’s beautiful Château Cordeillan-Bages courtesy of Michel Lynch and Mentzendorff.

The lucky winner and their guest will stay at the exclusive Château Cordeillan-Bages, a member of Relais & Châteaux chain, in Pauillac, Bordeaux. The prize also includes a bottle of Cordeillan-Bages wine to enjoy with a fabulous three-course dinner at the two-Michelin star Cordeillan-Bages restaurant and a private tour of Château Lynch-Bages.

How to enter

All you have to do is visit Stand 52 in the Empire Room at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter where you will be able to fill in a form to enter the competition and taste Michel Lynch and Château Lynch Bages wines with Jean-Charles Cazes.

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Michel Lynch

TODAY’S BORDEAUX

Michel Lynch wines were created thanks to the passion of one man, Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of the prestigious château Lynch-Bages and other distinguished properties in Bordeaux.

The Michel Lynch Bordeaux brand was developed to reflect the rich diversity of Bordeaux’s terroirs. The wines represent both tradition and modernity in Bordeaux. They are elegant, bold, and yet affordable and are in tune with a modern lifestyle that values quality wines for every day drinking.

TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN

The range takes its name from Michel Lynch, the 18th century founder of Château Lynch-Bages and passionate winegrower who epitomises the tradition of great Bordeaux wines.

The name Lynch is strongly linked to the history of Bordeaux. John Lynch, descendant of a famous mayor of Galway (at the gateway to the Connemara region) is one of a group of Irish emigrants who came to France. Nicknamed “the wild geese”, they were forced to leave their country in the late 17th century to escape religious persecution.

John Lynch set himself up as a merchant in Bordeaux in 1691. Hardworking and resourceful, he soon became rich. His son Thomas married Elisabeth Drouilbacon, daughter of the owner of the Bages estate in Pauillac. Their eldest son, Jean-Baptiste, who later became Mayor of Bordeaux, entrusted his younger brother Michel to run the Bages estate.

Michel Lynch, an enterprising man and noted patriot, channelled all his energies into making the family estate profitable. He also became mayor of Pauillac during the French Revolution. An experienced winegrower, he played a major role in developing the Bordeaux wine industry in the late 18th century. He was the first person to conduct experiments with pre-fermentation de-stemming, a method that became widespread in the Médoc during the 19th century.

The Cazes family perpetuates the tradition of Lynch quality, as well as their innovative spirit, as proved by the development of Michel Lynch.

A WINEGROWER’S OWN BRAND

Wines sold under the Michel Lynch brand are made by one of the group’s subsidiaries, J.M Cazes Sélection, that also offers a selection of “winegrower wines” from Bordeaux and elsewhere. The latter are made by people who place a premium on quality.

Furthermore, prestigious estates have been owned by the Cazes family for several generations: Lynch-Bages, Haut Bages Averous, Les Ormes de Pez, Villa Bel-Air, Cordeillan-Bages, and more recently, L’Ostal Cazes in the Languedoc region.

Bordeaux-Saveurs consists of two first class restaurants: Cordeillan-Bages, a superb two-star Michelin restaurant and Relais and Château listed establishment in Pauillac with talented chef Thierry Marx in the kitchen, and the one-star Michelin restaurant Le Chapon Fin, a veritable Bordeaux gastronomic institution which also has a cooking school. Bordeaux Saveurs also includes the Ecole du Bordeaux, which offers connoisseurs a chance to discover the fine wines of Bordeaux.

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