Chateau Lynch Moussas Pauillac [Pre-arrival] 2019
JS94-95: A big, rich LM with lots of blackcurrants, black chocolate and tar. It’s full and layered with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Muscular and rich. Extracted. A wine for aging. 73% cabernet sauvignon and 27% merlot.
JD90-92: Another solid effort from this estate, the 2019 Château Lynch-Moussas has a pretty bouquet of red and black fruits, unsmoked tobacco, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This carries to a medium-bodied Pauillac with good mid-palate concentration, plenty of tannins, and outstanding length. It's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15 years or more.
VM92-94: The 2019 Lynch-Moussas comes in a swanky bespoke embossed bottle to celebrate a century's ownership by the Castèja family (and very tasteful it is too.) Does it have a wine worthy of this anniversary, you ask. Well, it has a very attractive mint-tinged bouquet, a mélange of red and black fruit laced with brown spices and cedar. It gains intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a lightly spiced entry: black pepper and a touch of Earl Grey infusing the black fruit. Well-balanced, fresh and showing similar class to its sibling Batailley. This is indeed a very fine Lynch-Moussas that frankly is a significant step up from some of the wines I was tasting a decade ago. Excellent.