Chateau Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac 2016 - Bordeaux , France
This is great……and here’s why!94/100 Wine Advocate
93/100 Falstaff Magazin
93/100 James Suckling
92/100 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
92+/100 Neal Martin, vinous.com
91/100 Jeb Dunnuck
91/100 Wine Spectator
Jeb Dunnuck “A fine Pauillac and has a pretty, classic, elegant style that’s very much in the character of the vintage. Ruby-colored, with notes of tobacco, leafy herbs, and graphite, it has fine tannins and, again, an undeniable elegance and classic style.”
Neal Martin, Vinous “...I like the density of this Pauillac, which is focused and elegant yet classic on the finish...The palate is well balanced, with mint-infused black fruit, tobacco and sage.”
Wine Spectator "A restrained style, with a sanguine note leading off for a mix of gently mulled damson plum, loganberry, and red currant fruit flavors. Supple in feel, with perfumy cedar and alder notes guiding the finish."
Decanter "Tight and fresh, this shows good quality black fruits in a light, earlier drinking style. It's not as creamy in texture as some others, but has an enjoyable, fleshy texture as it opens in the glass."
83% Cabernet Sauvignon 17% Merlot
Château Lynch-Moussas was originally owned by Count Jean-Baptiste Lynch of Ireland in the 18th century. At the time, the estate was much larger than it is today. In fact, the Left Bank estate was so large in those days, it was eventually divided into two parts. Half of the estate gave birth to Chateau Lynch Bages. The remaining portion became Chateau Lynch Moussas. Like Lynch-Bages, it was ranked as a fifth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux classification.
In 1919, Chateau Lynch Moussas was purchased by the Casteja family and its negociant arm, Borie Manoux, which owns numerous other Bordeaux estates in the Medoc and the Right Bank including Chateau Batailley and Chateau Trotte Vieille. At the time of the purchase, they also owned Chateau Duhart-Milon.
Pauillac is a wine-growing region located between Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Julien on Bordeaux's Médoc peninsula (“Left Bank”), is home to some of the world's most famous and expensive red wines, made predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety, which is well suited to the free-draining gravel soils found in Pauillac's vineyards. The stellar reputation of Pauillac wines is based not only on their quality but on their success in international fine wine markets. Three of the top five châteaux in the 1855 Médoc Classification (a ranking of Bordeaux's best wine-producing properties) are located here: Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, and Château Latour.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world's most famous, prestigious, and prolific wine regions. Its three trump cards are diversity, quality, and quantity. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The finest (and most expensive) of these come from the great châteaux of the Haut-Médoc and the Right Bank appellations Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines, both dry styles (particularly from Pessac-Léognan) and the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.
A Bordeaux Blend is any combination of those grape varieties typically used to make the red wines of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon is widely accepted as a compulsory component of any Bordeaux Blend along with Merlot. In fact, the majority of Bordeaux Blend wines are often made exclusively from a blend of these two varieties. The remaining components are Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.