|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Classification||5ème Cru Classé|
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot. Relatively dumb nose, Good consistency of fruit and spice on the palate, and although it's not that lively it's solidly well-made and fully ripe. Good broad cakey, juicy finish with vanillin and a touch of sweetness. Drinking range: 2025 - 2037 Rating: 90-91 L&S (Apr 2017)
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The 2016 Lynch Moussas is a blend of 17% Merlot an 83% Cabernet Sauvignon cropped at 48 hectoliters per hectare between 3 and 19 October. Matured in 60% new oak and the remainder one year old, this has a concentrated bouquet that offers tobacco-infused black fruit, briary and then with aeration, veins of pencil lead. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin cloaked in plenty of black fruit, quite spicy for Lynch Moussas with a touch of orange rind developing towards the finish. I appreciate the salinity on the aftertaste here. This is excellent and may well surpass the impressive 2015 last year. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2017)
Sweet ink on the nose. Tasted just after Lynch-Bages, it's obviously less dense and a little frailer but it is a good Lynch-Moussas and takes advantage of what the vintage has to offer. Long. Drinking range: 2025 - 2040 Rating: 17- Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2017)
This is alluring, with a coating of warm vanilla bean over a core of gently steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Shows a light woodsy streak through the finish. Not as vivacious as the top wines, but solid. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2017)
This is very dense and intense with lovely intensity and energy. Dense, round and savory tannins. Another winner from here. Rating: 93-94 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2017)
Deeply coloured with a slightly smoky edge to the oak, this is a very good Lynch-Moussas full of Pauillac character of dark fruits and graphite. 60% new oak complements the blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot, cropped to a yield of 48hl/ha. One of the best I remember at this property. Drinking range: 2023 - 2042 Rating: 92 Jane Anson, Decanter(Apr 2017)
The 2016 Lynch-Moussas is a solid, easygoing wine. Sweet tobacco, herb, mint, licorice, dried cherry and incense give the 2016 its lifted, expressive aromatics. There is lovely brightness and energy here, although some slightly angular contours remain. It will be interesting to see if time helps them soften a bit. Rating: 87-89 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
Rating: 88 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2017)
Château Lynch Moussas
Pauillac Cinquième cru 1855 Thomas Lynch emigrated to Bordeaux from Galway in Ireland in 1691. He had two children and it was his son Thomas who associated the family name with Bordeaux by inheriting Lynch-Bages through his wife, and buying Lynch-Moussas and Dauzac in Margaux. Jean Castéja bought Lynch Moussas in 1919, and his family still own the estate. Lynch Moussas has has not really matched its apparent namesake estate of Lynch Bages which exceeds its 5th growth status with ease. Indeed, by the end of the 1960's, Lynch Moussas was run down with the chais in such bad repair that the wine had to be made at neighbouring Batailley. Things have improved considerably since then and, in good years, Lynch Moussas produce some perfectly decent claret. There are 60ha of vines, in various plots around Pauillac, planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
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