1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac

SKU #110418 Jancis Robinson

 Quite dark crimson. Savoury, evolved, rather toasty nose. Round and mild and easy to like. (JR)  (2/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A very good example of this under-achieving estate, the 1996's saturated dark ruby/plum color is accompanied by textbook aromas of black currants, smoky new oak, minerals, and tobacco. Well-made, with moderate tannin, excellent purity, and a medium-bodied, ripe, melted asphalt-flavored finish, this seductive Lynch-Moussas should drink well at a young age. (RP)  (4/1999)

K&L Notes

In February 1998, Robert Parker wrote: "Lynch-Moussas is clearly on the comeback trail, as evidenced by the 1995 and 1996 efforts, which are two of the finest wines I have tasted from this Pauillac estate." Tasted in 2015, the wine sings. Old school, Bordeaux-pure cassis and red fruits. Wonderful balance and length. Superb value. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux Buyer)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2019 | Send Email
Quite fruity for the vintage but with the telltale cedar and leather beginning to poke through the ripe tannins on the lingering finish. There is a nice sense of proportion to the cherry and cassis loaded middle of smoky fruit that ends very gently with subtle herb and wet mineral. This is easing very gracefully into middle age.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2019 | Send Email
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Ralph and I love this wine-to me it is better than their 2000! We have been following the property for the last five years and we think it is on a great track with their new releases, but try this 20+ yr old beauty. It is elegant and has a long, lingering finish. Smokey, toasty aromas, tons of cassis fruit on the palate. In a blind tasting at K&L (January 2019), one of our top Bordeaux staff thought it was a first growth Pauillac from the 80s. A steal at this price.
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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
This 1996 is soft and sweet, with attractive notes of black olives, cherry, plums, wet stones and thyme, framed by an earthy notes with a touch of "animal" It is a beautiful wine, and just about ready to be enjoyed now.

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/14/2015 | Send Email
The 1996 vintage brought on cool weather, but made for perfect conditions for ageable wines. The Lynch Moussas perfectly exemplifies the 1996 vintage. While it is certainly in its prime, drinking perfectly right now, it has aged gracefully in its 19 years and has the possibility to continue aging. Aromas of sweet cherry, leather and cola permeate the glass while the palate shows notes of smoke, coffee, olive and graphite. With an elegant polished structure and beautiful length, this bottle is a must-have for the traditional Bordeaux lover.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.