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Wine Rating: RP 92-94 points Drink by: 2022 - 2045
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.
Château Lynch-Moussas, acquired by Jean Castéja in 1919, has been one of the family's jewels for a century. Transmitted by Jean to his son Émile, and by him to his daughter Chantal and his son Philippe, each generation of Castéja has had at heart to respect, develop, modernize and enhance this Grand Cru of Excellence.
The Château Lynch-Moussas vineyard covers 62 hectares of land in the Pauillac and Haut-Médoc appellations. Planted with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, it has been the subject of care for 100 years which allow it to shine among the greatest Pauillacs.