Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews (Fifth Growth Bordeaux)

Chateau Lynch-Moussas 

 

Chateau Lynch-Moussas is a winery located in the Pauillac appellation in the Bordeaux region of France.

The winery was classified as one of eighteen Fifth Growths in the 1855 Bordeaux Wine Official Classification.

The estate was originally owned by the Lynch family of Ireland. T this points the estate was much larger as the property was divided into what is Chateau Lynch-Bages.

The estate was purchased by the Casteja family . By then the estate had fallen onto hard-times. In 1969, under the direction of Emile Casteja the family began to restore the vineyards and wine-making facilities.   

Today, the estate covers 150 acres and is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

They produce approxiametly 20,000 cases per year.

2017 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is a bright, fruity wine, with attractive tannins and plenty of black currant and spice flavors. It shows great medium-term aging potential. Drink from 2022.

2016 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

Futures Pre Sale Price $42.00

Available November 2019

A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Merlot.

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chateau Lynch Moussas is a blend of 83% Cabernet and 17% Merlot  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.

94 Points James Suckling

This is very dense and intense with lovely intensity and energy. Dense, round and savory tannins. Another winner from here.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is one of those estates showing a new era of quality. The wine has power while keeping everything in balance. Acidity and black currant fruit are just as important as the structure. Drink after 2026.

92 Points Decanter

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.

91 Points Wine Spectator

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.

2015 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

This is a vastly improved estate, making impressively good wines in recent vintages. The wine is structured and tannic but also packed with blackcurrant fruits, good acidity and spice. It will take time to develop, so drink from 2025 at the earliest.

93 Points James Suckling

The oak steps into the frame here with greater effect, leading the nose with creamed baking spices ahead of ripe cassis and red plums. The palate has ample fleshy red-cherry and plum fruits, before smooth tannins make way for a nicely groomed finish. 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. Try from 2021.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chateau Lynch Moussas is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot cropped at 44 hl/ha between 17 September and 1 October. It has a very controlled bouquet at first with tightly wound raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, the oak nicely integrated and some lovely undergrowth aromas surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, the acidity well judged, leading to a spice-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. It is a very fine follow-up to the 2014 last year, with a freshness and class that I did not find conveyed ten years ago.

91 Points Decanter

Fresher and juicier than some Pauillacs, there is integrity and structure to the fruit, but also a sense of fun and enjoyment. Sometimes tasting young Médocs you feel the producers are trying so hard that they have forgotten that wine is supposed to be fun, whereas with this the balance is pretty much right up there, full of pleasure with fine tannins. This continues a run of successful vintages for Chateau Lynch-Moussas. It’s not the most long-living Pauillac, but is one to watch right now.

88 Points Vinous

The 2015 Chateau Lynch-Moussas is a burly, powerful wine, yet it offers plenty of character. A distinctly earthy, savory wine the 2015 is laced with scents of grilled herbs, smoke, cedar, leather and red stone fruits. Slightly angular contours give the 2015 its hearty feel but there is good depth and intensity throughout. This is a solid showing.  

87 Points Wine Spectator

Direct, with a good beam of cherry, currant and iron that has integrated well already. Shows solid flesh through the finish, with a good tug of earth at the end.

2014 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

The earlier tannins in this wine have softened considerably. Now it is dominated by ripe fruit. The wine is soft and jammy with attractive black currants and a layer of firm tannins underneath. Drink from 2022.

2013 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

90 Points James Suckling

A firm and silky wine with medium body, cedar, walnut and chocolate. Currants too. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fine and delicious now.

89 Points Wine Enthusiast

After the promise of the wine at its initial barrel tasting, this bottled wine is less exciting. Berry fruits are muted by the extracted tannins. It’s likely the wine will develop quickly. Drink from 2018.

87 Points Decanter (No Review)

2012 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

92 Points Wine Enthusiast

There’s a dry character to this wine. It’s concentrated in tannins with a bitterness that leads to a new-wood and spice character. The fruit is still in the background here.

2011 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

Soft and fruity, this is a wine that already shows attractive, ripe fruitiness. Black currants and a mineral texture add bite, allowing the tannins to fill out the core. This is a wine for medium-term aging.

2010 Chateau Lynch-Moussas Reviews

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

One of the chateaus owned by négociant Borie-Manoux, Lynch-Moussas has produced a fine, stylish 2010, which is firmly based on Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is rich and ripe, dominated by a blackberry note and underpinned by tannins. This is a chateau to watch.

92 Points James Suckling

This is solid for this estate with currant and chocolate character, full body and a velvety textured finish. Best ever from here? 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot.

89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2010 is a strong effort and one of their best wines in a generation or more. Some toasty oak seems relatively strong, but not excessive. Deep ruby/purple, notes of black fruits as well as red currants, fig and plum are all present. The wine has a good bit of flesh, fat, but then shuts down in the finish, with moderately high tannins. By all counts, this is an excellent Pauillac that just needs a few years of cellaring to resolve some of its oak and tannin, but has the potential to be outstanding if given sufficient bottle age. It should last for two decades. Lynch Mousses has never been one of my favorite wines, but the Casteja family, who own nearby Batailley, have definitely upgraded quality at this estate.