Château Lynch-Moussas 2016

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• Domaine: Château Lynch-Moussas
• Appellation: Pauillac
• Classification: Fifth Growth, 5ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Lynch-Moussas is a Fifth Growth property in Pauillac. The wines from this estate are richly concentrated, with a lot of body and good structure.  The grand vin of Château Lynch-Moussas is an excellent option for oenophiles who enjoy bolder Cabernet-centric wines that don’t require a tremendous amount of aging.  In terms of scores, buyers should take note: Lynch-Moussas a consistent producer that yields excellent wines during most vintages after the mid 2000s.  Château Lynch-Moussas is without a doubt a must-know estate for the Bordeaux drinker who adores Pauillac terroir and wants a great value, quality wine.
Château Lynch-Moussas hails from the enormous Lynch estate that was originally owned by the Mayor of Bordeaux and exiled Irishman, Count Jean-Baptiste Lynch during the 18th Century.  The breathtaking grounds served as a hunting and vacation spot for nobility, including the King of Spain.  It seemed like a natural choice for a man of Count Jean-Baptiste’s elevated social status.  The property was so large he had to split the massive swath of land into two parts.  One portion became the most ubiquitous property in all of Bordeaux and the first wine to go into space - Château Lynch-Bages - and the other was Château Lynch-Moussas.
Yet despite the fanfare of Château Lynch-Bages, Jean-Baptiste had a very personal attachment to Lynch-Moussas. He resided there until the end of his days near the turn of the century, occupying its lavish bedrooms and wandering the extensive grounds around the striking estate.  The impressive, classical looking structure that sits in a place of prominence on the 150-hectare estate is where the current owners, Philippe Castéja and his wife, reside.  Five years after the exquisite château was built, in 1855, Château Lynch-Moussas was classified as a Fifth Growth.  In 1919 it was purchased by the Castéja family and they have been in charge ever since.   
If the Castéja name sounds familiar, it should.  The Castéjas are linked with the well-respected négociant arm, Borie-Manoux, which owns numerous other estates in the Médoc and the Right Bank including Château Batailley and the Saint Émilion Premiere Grand Cru Classé estate, Château Trotte Vielle.  The Castéjas managed the property throughout the 20th Century and revitalized the estate, particularly after a bad period during the financial crisis of the 1960s.  The property was nearly abandoned, but the Castéja family would not allow Château Lynch-Moussas to fall into obscurity as the terroir had too much promise.  In 1970 the vineyards were revitalized and were planted to a healthy 60-hectare parcel of Cabernet and Merlot vines. 
Château Lynch-Moussas makes wine in a very traditional style.  The grapes are tended to by one team who oversees everything from pruning to harvest.  The 25-year-old vines are harvested by hand when they reach optimum ripeness, then vinified in a mixture of temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before being aged in oak.  This yields a fresher, fruit-forward wine with supple tannins that can be enjoyed on the younger side after a few hours of decanting. 

Tasting Notes

"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." - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (4/28/2017, Issue 230), Ratings: 92-94, Drink: 2022-2045


More Information
LWIN 1400090
Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Pauillac
Vintage 2016
Brand Chateau Lynch Moussas
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Pauillac is best known as the appellation that produces 3 of the 5 First Growths estates in Bordeaux. Blessed by an exceptional terroir, Pauillac is located in the northern part of the Médoc peninsula, on the Left Bank along the Gironde estuary, an ideal placement contributing to moderating the climate and providing optimal conditions for wine cultivation. Pauillac is bordered by two other prestigious wine appellations: Saint-Estèphe to the north and Saint-Julien to the south.

Pauillac's terroir, characterized by gravelly soils, is often considered one of the finest for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, the predominant grape in Pauillac’s blends. The gravel helps with drainage and reflects heat, encouraging ripening and concentration of flavors in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec grapes. Such exceptional predispositions explain that Pauillac is home to some of Bordeaux's most renowned and iconic wine estates. They include First Growths estates such as Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild, and Château Latour. Other famous estates include Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Château Pichon-Lalande, Château Duhart-Milon, Château Pontet-Canet, Château Batailley, Château Lynch Bages, Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Château Grand-Puy Ducasse, Château Haut-Batailley, Château Lynch-Moussas, Château d'Armailhac, Château Haut-Bages Liberal, Château Pedesclaux, Château Clerc Milon, Château Croizet-Bages.

Pauillac wines are known for their deep color, complex aromas, and rich, full-bodied flavors, including notes of cassis, blackcurrant, cedar, tobacco, and graphite, with a pronounced tannic structure, which require several years or even decades of bottle aging to reveal their full potential. 

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