Chateau Lynch-Moussas (Futures Pre-Sale) 2019
For this vintage we will have historically high degrees in all grape varieties. The colors are superb, deep, the roundness, the fruit and the length of the wines make an exceptional vintage.
Blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot
The Barrel Sample for this wine is above 14% ABV.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Barrel Sample: 94-96
Barrel Sample: 94-95
Barrel Sample: 92-94
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 Lynch Moussas leaps from the glass with vibrant red and black currant scents, followed by baked blackberries, chocolate box and camphor hints and a touch of smoked meats. Medium-bodied, the palate is chock-full of muscular, ripe black fruits, supported by firm, grainy tannin's and just enough freshness, finishing long and savory. This wine may take a little longer to come around than some of its 2019 peers, but it will be worth the wait.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
Barrel Sample: 92
The leader on the Left Bank in number of first growth classified producers within its boundaries, Pauillac has more than any of the other appellations, at three of the five. Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild border St. Estephe on its northern end and Chateau Latour is at Pauillac’s southern end, bordering St. Julien.
While the first growths are certainly some of the better producers of the Left Bank, today they often compete with some of the “lower ranked” producers (second, third, fourth, fifth growth) in quality and value. The Left Bank of Bordeaux subscribes to an arguably outdated method of classification that goes back to 1855. The finest chateaux in that year were judged on the basis of reputation and trading price; changes in rank since then have been miniscule at best. Today producers such as Chateau Pontet-Canet, Chateau Grand Puy-Lacoste, Chateau Lynch-Bages, among others (all fifth growth) offer some of the most outstanding wines in all of Bordeaux.
Defining characteristics of fine wines from Pauillac (i.e. Cabernet-based Bordeaux Blends) include inky and juicy blackcurrant, cedar or cigar box and plush or chalky tannins.
Layers of gravel in the Pauillac region are key to its wines’ character and quality. The layers offer excellent drainage in the relatively flat topography of the region allowing water to run off into “jalles” or streams, which subsequently flow off into the Gironde.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.