Benegas Lynch Meritage
Benegas Lynch Meritage is quite simply one of Argentina's finest wines. A top Bordeaux blend to rival the very best from France. The first release to reach the UK was the 2004 and on first tasting I immediately bought the lot. I had never tasted anything so good from Argentina. It had great reviews from many critics being likened to a first growth Bordeaux. We have stocked all the successive vintages. The trend in Argentina now is to make their wines more European in style, a little leaner and tighter than previously which I can understand for some of the fruit bomb Malbecs, but it isn't needed here - this is Argentine Bordeaux already!
Benegas Lynch Meritage is one of Argentina's premier wines, from Federico Benegas with consultant wine maker Michel Rolland. It's made at the Finca Libertad vineyard, one of the oldest in Mendoza. Steven Spurrier likens it to a first growth bordeaux from an exceptional year!
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Finca Libertad, Upper Bank of Mendoza River, Cruz de Piedra, Maipu, Mendoza. Old vines from 40 to 120 years old.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in the second half of April, Merlot end of March and Petit Verdot second half of March.
Cold maceration. Fermentation at 25º C. Fermentative maceration during 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels of each varietal by separate. In the case of the Cabernet Franc it is aged in 500 lt French oak barrels. After 12 months ageing in wood the blend is made and the wine goes back to oak barrels for another 6 months. Bottling.
18 months in new French oak barrels and 5 years of bottle ageing.
alcohol:14,70. pH: 3,8. Acidity: 4,80.
Clean and brilliant. Intense dark red colour with brick red hues.
The complexity of the varietal composition exhibits in the nose aromas of red and black fruit, spices like white pepper, clove and cardamom. Herbal notes of eucalyptus ,thyme and rosemary. The wood ageing renders cocoa and vanilla notes.
Strong presence in the entrance. It reaches the maximum volume with a high impact in the mid palate, showing round tannins resulting from the blend of the four varietals. Long and lingering finish with delicate herbaceous notes.
Ageing capacity :
15 - 20 years
We recommend to serve this wine between 17 and 18 C
To be paired with long cooked meals. Due to its heavy tannins is ideal to be paired with red meat and game.
|Winery status||Family owned winery|
|Winemaker||Federico Benegas, Michel Rolland|
|Annual production||3000 bottles|
|Grapes||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot|
|Style||Old world Bordeaux|
|Sulphite level||Very Low|