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Chateau Lynch Moussas History, Overview
What we know as Chateau 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.
The classically designed chateau was constructed in 1850. 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.
Starting in 1970, Emile Casteja began managing Lynch Moussas. However, it was a difficult task in those days as the Pauillac vineyards and estate had become completely dilapidated by that point in time. Less than 10 hectares remained under vine. In 1970, Chateau Lynch Moussas received a complete overhaul of the Medoc vineyards and winemaking facilities.
Chateau Lynch Moussas Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 60 hectare Left Bank vineyard of Lynch Moussas is planted to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot. This shows an increase in Cabernet Sauvignon vines over the years. Lynch Moussas is one of the few, Classified Left Bank vineyards planted with only two grape varietals.
The vineyard, like many estates in Bordeaux, has vines in various different communes in the appellation. Lynch Moussas has vines planted not far from Pichon Lalande, Grand Puy Lacoste and Batailley. But their best parcels are placed close to the chateau.
On average, the vines are 25 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,300 vines per hectare. The terroir of Chateau Lynch Moussas is mostly gravel, clay, sand, and limestone-based soils.
Lynch Moussas is a massive estate. Much of their property is not cultivated with vines. In fact, close to 140 hectares of land are devoted to greenery, forest, and parklands.
To produce the wine of Chateau Lynch-Moussas, vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. Yields are slightly high by today’s standards at close to 55 hectoliters per hectare.
The wine of Lynch Moussas is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months. There is a second wine, Les Hauts de Lynch-Moussas, which made its debut in 2001. On average, Chateau Lynch Moussas produces close to 20,000 cases of wine per vintage.
The best vintages of Chateau Lynch Moussas are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005. It is important to note that Lynch Moussas began investing a lot more time and money starting with the 2010 vintage. The wines have never been better here. You can easily taste the difference in the wines produced at the property today. However, 2019 is the finest vintage of Lynch Moussas in the history of the estate!
When to Drink Chateau Lynch Moussas, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Lynch Moussas can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Lynch Moussas is usually better with at least 7-9 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lynch Moussas offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-20 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Lynch Moussas with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Lynch Moussas is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Lynch Moussas is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Lynch Moussas is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Lynch-Moussas Wine Tasting Notes
23 Vintages 96,109 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Tobacco leaf, cedar, spice, cigar box and red berries are just great on the nose. Medium/full-bodied, refined, crisp and juicy, with round tannins, concentration and a firm, fresh, bite of Cabernet Sauvignon and tobacco leaf on the palate that stays with you through the savory finish. Give this 7-8 years in the cellar and enjoy it over the following 2 decades with pleasure. 92-94 Pts
1,861 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2020||Les Hauts de Lynch-Moussas (Haut-Médoc)|
Flowers and red currants with a touch of spice is on the nose. Medium-bodied, bright, fresh, crisp and crunchy with a sweet, creme de cassis character on the palate and in the finish makes this easy to enjoy while waiting for the Grand Vin to mature. 87-89 Pts
2,297 Views Tasted Jul 16, 2021
|2019||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
2019 is a powerful, concentrated, tannic, backward, crisp, chewy, almost austere, classic Pauillac. Once past the tannic backdrop, you find a big, juicy blast of peppery, tobacco-stained cassis and blackberries. Long, structured and firm, with a savory edge to the spicy, earthy, red currant and cranberry finish, it is going to need cellaring before being fun to taste. The special label trumpets the Casteja family owning the property for 100 years. Drink from 2028-2050. 93 Points
840 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
Celebrating 100 years of ownership by the Casteja family, the 2019 vintage for Lynch-Moussas hits all the right notes. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a big, juicy blast of peppery, tobacco-stained cassis and blackberry, the wine is firm, classic, structured long and intense. With a dynamic finish, this is the finest vintage of Lynch-Moussas I recall ever tasting. This will age, so let it rest for a decade before popping a bottle and enjoy it over the following 20-30 years, or longer. 92-94 Pts
4,894 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Herbs, tobacco leaf, currants, cedar and spice aromas are the right place to start. On the palate, the fruit is fresh, lively and vibrant, with a chewy, crisp, tangy, juicy character that holds true to the finish. The wine blends 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. 92 Points
1,515 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
The juicy, black currant, herb and tobacco leaf character really come through this year. The wine is medium/full-bodied with ripe tannins and ample freshness to the blackberry and cassis palate. This should be easy to drink within five years of release. The wine blends 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. 91-93 Pts
3,382 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium-bodied, with a top note of tobacco, cedar, pepper and herbs that comes along with the fresh, bright, crisp, spicy red fruits. Classic in nature, give this at least 5 or more years and it could be an even better wine. 90 Points
3,049 Views Tasted May 14, 2020
Dark cassis aroma is the first thing you notice. From there, the cedar, tobacco and leafy cigar wrapper notes kick in. The wine is full bodied with soft, ripe tannins and ample crispy freshness. This should be easy to drink within five years of release a 91 Points
3,533 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2017||Les Hauts de Lynch-Moussas (Haut-Médoc)|
Medium bodied, lighter styled Pauillac with a forward, correct approach offering, an easy drinking, cassis filled wine with no hard edges. 86 Points
1,933 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium-bodied, with smoke, thyme, mint and bright red fruits on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, fresh, crisp and just a tiny bit herbal in the finish, giving you a classic Pauillac profile. 92 Points
5,604 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Cassis, tobacco, cedar and blackberry sensations offer freshness, sweet fruits and soft tannins. The wine is medium bodied and with a few years of age it will be ready to drink. This wine was produced from a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot and is 13.5% alcohol. 92 Points
3,557 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Tobacco, cigar box, blackberry and cedar create the character. On the palate, the wine is almost easy to drink with its soft tannins. There is a strong, olive and cedar overtone. The wine was produced from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. 90 Points
4,280 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Cassis and blackberry notes play at the forefront of this satisfying but not overly complex, easy-drinking Pauillac. This wine was produced from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. 87 - 89 Pts
2,507 Views Tasted Apr 18, 2016
|2015||Les Hauts de Lynch-Moussas (Haut-Médoc)|
Early drinking quaffer with a tart cherry and herbal profile that will be best on release. 79 - 81 Pts
2,165 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Forward, already open and showing its cedar, tobacco, spicy cassis character with not much effort. This is easy to drink, and will be even better with a few years of age. 90 Points
3,419 Views Tasted May 28, 2017
Perhaps the best wine I've ever tasted from Lynch Moussas. A healthy dose of cassis, oak, tobacco and spice box create the nose. The wine is medium/full bodied, with ripe, dark red fruits, freshness and length. Clearly, this should be even better with age. The wine was produced from a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot. 91 Points
3,402 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2017
|2013||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Light in color and fruit, with a peppery, olive, cranberry and cassis character that is best for early drinking. 83 Points
2,374 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2016
Light, bright and crisp, the wine showcases crunchy red berries and a spicy cranberry finish. From a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot, making it a contender for the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon placed in the blend in the history of the estate, this wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts
1,723 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|2012||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
From a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot, the wine is medium bodied, forward, focused on soft, bright leaning red fruits and easy to drink. 88 Points
3,378 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
|2011||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium bodied, with a bright, crips quality to the tart and sweet red fruits, the wine ends with a cassis and cranberry note. Perhaps time will add to this blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. 85 Points
2,362 Views Tasted Feb 16, 2014
|2010||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Lots of blackberry, cassis and tobacco coupled with an equal amount of tannin that makes this a wine that needs at least 5 years in the cellar before it comes together. This is a good value wine for Pauillac. The wine was produced from a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. 89 Points
4,263 Views Tasted Jul 22, 2013
|2009||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Starting to show its secondary side with all the tobacco and cedar notes, the wine is medium bodied, earth, leafy, minty and bright. The wine is clearly ready for prime time drinking. 88 Points
3,008 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
Produced from a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot, this medium bodied wine already displays some tobacco, cassis, blackberry and earthy characteristics. Not mature, but accessible, you can drink this now, or age it for up to a decade. 89 Points
2,912 Views Tasted Aug 18, 2014
|2008||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Bright, red, crisp, crunchy red berries make up the core of this wine. Fresh, medium-bodied and old school, this classic luncheon claret leaves you with a bite of cranberry, cassis, green olive, herb, pepper and tobacco in the finish. 87 Points
2,625 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2020
|2007||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium bodied, almost light actually, the wine is short, with a red berry and leafy, herbal, cigar wrapper character that requires drinking sooner than later. 85 Points
3,423 Views Tasted Sep 2, 2017
|2006||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium bodied, stern, crisp, bright red berry styled wine, with an austere, dusty, sweet and tart, cassis and cranberry filled finish. The wine was made from a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Merlot. 87 Points
4,279 Views Tasted May 25, 2016
|2005||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium bodied, lighter style of early drinking Pauillac with tobacco, cedar, cassis and cranberry. 88 Points
5,129 Views Tasted May 23, 2012
|2003||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, with more going on in the nose, with its tobacco, leaf, cedar, cassis and cranberry notes, than on the palate. Strict in style for 2003, there is no reason to age this any longer. 87 Points
2,946 Views Tasted Oct 31, 2016
|2000||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, correct Pauillac, with ample cedar, tobacco, cigar box, herbs and bright, crisp, red fruit. A little austere, but fun, this is probably at peak today. 88 Points
4,262 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2017
|1996||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Fully mature, medium bodied, lighter styled Pauillac, with a crisp, cranberry, cassis, earth, cedar and tobacco character. There is some rusticity in the sharp, peppery finish. I like the wine more on the nose, than on the palate. 85 Points
3,265 Views Tasted Feb 7, 2018
|1995||Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)|
Medium-bodied, firm, rustic, lean, tannic styled wine with a strong, cedar, pepper, leafy, tobacco filled character that accompanies the bright, sharp, crisp, red fruit. This is probably just slightly past full maturity and is already gently declining. It should be noted however that the wines coming from Lynch Moussas today and dramatically better. 84 Points
1,922 Views Tasted Aug 19, 2021