The Grand Vin of Chateau Lynch-Moussas is ever improving! This one seems to be a step above its younger iteration from 2015 though it will need a few years to sand down some of those rough edges!
Chateau Lynch-Moussas was, in the 18th century, a part of the massive estate of Count Jean-Baptiste Lynch. The property was eventually divided, to give birth to Chateau Lynch-Moussas, and what would become Chateau Lynch-Bages.
Reaching the hight of its fame, it was named among the Cinquiemes Crus in 1855, but fell into disrepair in the late 19th century. In 1919, it was purchased by the Casteja family of the Borie-Manoux empire. The Castejas didn't produce any wine from the estate until 1970, at which point, there were only ten hectares under vine. However, a huge overhaul of the vineyards and the wine making facilities ensured a steady rise in wine quality and quantity, which should continue into the future!
The 60 hectare vineyard today, is planted to 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The first wine tends to be made in similar ratios and is aged in 60% new French oak for around 18 months.
A bright high toned nose, fresh fruit salad, raisin, lovely concentration and purity. The texture and oak are prominent, this is lively with subtle extraction. An easy going Lynch Moussas that will make many friends.
This is very dense and intense with lovely intensity and energy. Dense, round and savory tannins. Another winner from here.
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.
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.
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