Following a rainy winter, the soil was given yet another soaking during the equally wet spring. Although budburst was surprisingly homogeneous, this cool weather slowed down the growth of the vines. Later, the combination of sunny days and high temperatures in July and August raised hopes for a slight compensation for the phenological delay in the vines, however harvesting was very late. Veraison ended up being homogeneous, accompanied by a rapid ripening of the skins at the end of september. The organisation of our teams and the availability of the grape pickers were a terrific boon, providing tremendous responsiveness during this difficult end to the season.
The average yield per hectare at Lynch-Bages was historically very low (31.5 hl/ha), reduced mainly by problematic flowering conditions.
Echo de Lynch-Bages 2013 is following in the footsteps of the Grand vin; it displays a striking colour and an expressive nose on aromas of black fruits and spices. The attack is lively and racy, and the still-fiery tannins are sure to mellow as ageing takes place in one-wine barrels.