CHÂTEAU LYNCH MOUSSAS
2010 5ème Cru Classé Pauillac
|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, produced from 45 hl/ha. Very supple, nicely concentrated black berry fruit and fine tannins. A bit blocky and rigid, but honest stuff. Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2011)
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The 2010 is a strong effort and one of their best wines in a generation or more. Some toasty oak seems relatively strong, but not excessive. Deep ruby/purple, notes of black fruits as well as red currants, fig and plum are all present. The wine has a good bit of flesh, fat, but then shuts down in the finish, with moderately high tannins. By all counts, this is an excellent Pauillac that just needs a few years of cellaring to resolve some of its oak and tannin, but has the potential to be outstanding if given sufficient bottle age. It should last for two decades. Rating: 89-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (Oct 2014)
Fragrant, cedary cassis. Very cedary. Verging on herbaceous. Actually I'd have to say a little bit green on the palate. Fine texture but just needs a touch more ripeness. Fresh of course. 2016-2022 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2012)
Tasted 7 Apr: Very dark, concentrated ruby. Very fresh and minerally/pencil shavings on the nose. Soooo Cabernet! Nice succulent fresh Pauillac without enormous ambition but well balanced and should provide lovely medium-term drinking. More transparent than most. Dry finish. Tasted 17 Feb: 1.5km from sister property Ch Batailley. Not finished when I tasted it so I have given precedence to my impressions when I tasted it blind in early April . Very dark purple. Light green-peppery note. Sweet start and lacks the sheer concentration of some 2010s but pretty snazzy. Very sweet and flattering. (Score: 16 18-30) 2017-2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Apr 2011)
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