2015 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Lynch Moussas is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Merlot cropped at 44 hl/ha between 17 September and 1 October. It has a very controlled bouquet at first with tightly wound raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, the oak nicely integrated and some lovely undergrowth aromas surfacing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, the acidity well judged, leading to a spice-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. It is a very fine follow-up to the 2014 last year, with a freshness and class that I did not find conveyed ten years ago. (NM)
*Barrel Sample* This is a smooth, polished and ripe wine. The tannins are in the background, allowing blackberry fruits to dominate. The wine is going to develop quickly.
Extremely well done for the vintage in Pauillac with attractive dried flower, currant and light stone character. Medium to full body. Fine tannins.
The 2015 Lynch-Moussas is a burly, powerful wine, yet it offers plenty of character. A distinctly earthy, savory wine the 2015 is laced with scents of grilled herbs, smoke, cedar, leather and red stone fruits. Slightly angular contours give the 2015 its hearty feel but there is good depth and intensity throughout. This is a solid showing. (AG)
*Barrel Tasting* Direct, with a good beam of cherry, currant and iron that has integrated well already. Shows solid flesh through the finish, with a good tug of earth at the end.