1996 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

  1. 1996 Château Lynch-Moussas (Pauillac)

    1. 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 - Tasted
chateau Lynch Moussas Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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 there 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 park lands.

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: 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.

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.