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- Chateau Lynch-Moussas
Country of Origin: France
Château Lynch-Moussas is a French winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux region of France. Château Lynch-Moussas is also the name of the red wine produced by this property. The wine produced here was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.
The history of the Château dates back to 1610 when the Domaine de Moussas-Bages belonged to the Jehan family, wine merchant and owner of several estates. In 1728, the Domaine de Moussas-Bages was bought by the Drouillard family. In 1748, Thomas Lynch, inherited by his wife, Elisabeth Drouillard, from the Estate which he renamed Château Lynch. In 1779, Jean-Baptiste Lynch, Mayor of the city of Bordeaux in 1808, Count of the Empire in 1811, then peer of France in 1815, inherited the Château and entrusted its management to his brother, Michel Lynch, Knight and Mayor of Pauillac. When Jean-Baptiste Lynch died in 1835, the Château Lynch was split into two: the Lynch-Moussas Castles (Moussas being located on the place called Moussas) and Lynch-Bages (located on the place called Bages) thus appeared . Only Château Lynch-Moussas will guard the building.
In 1847, Château Lynch-Moussas was bought by a family of Spanish wine merchants, the Vasquez. In 1855, it became the 5th Grand Cru Classé of the Médoc. This official classification of Bordeaux wines of 1855, organized by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce, was established on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in Paris, at the request of Napoleon III. The classification concerns only wines from the left bank as well as a Superior wine from Sauternes, Château d'Yquem, and a Pessac-Léognan, Château Haut Brion. This ranking is still a guarantee of high quality today.
In 1919, Jean Castéja, owner of the Châteaux Duhart-Milon, 4th Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac, Pichon-Longueville Baron, 2nd Grand Cru Classé in Pauillac, and Doisy-Védrines, 2nd Grand Cru Classé of Sauternes and Barsac, brought in the Château Lynch-Moussas in the heritage of the Castéja family. At that time, the property made more than 250 hectares including 120 hectares of vines, forest and pasture. At the end of the 1960s, the sons of Jean Castéja, Pierre, Émile, Jean, and Édouard Castéja decided to share the family assests.
In 1970, Émile Castéja, married to Denise Borie and father of Chantal Preben Hansen and Philippe Castéja, took the reins of the Château and undertook numerous works. On a property whose vineyard area had been reduced to less than ten hectares, Émile Castéja replanted the entire vineyard to reach 60 hectares. He modernizes the Château to restore its luster to this magnificent building, then the Cellars to have a better wine-making tool. At that time, the Château became recognized for the quality of its wine.
The 1st wine, designation of origin Pauillac, Classified Grand Cru in 1855, is recognized for its power and its aging potential. Of a beautiful dark color, ruby and deep, its complex nose of red and black fruits such as blackberry and blackcurrant, its roundness, a rich and dense mouth, its velvety substance, its ripe tannins and its beautiful slightly spicy aftertaste will delight your taste buds.