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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 56 
ProducerChâteau Lanessan (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2011 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lanessan Medoc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.5 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 32 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by kurishin on 8/1/2014 & rated 85 points: Over the hill now. Drink up. (176 views)
 Tasted by dke on 7/19/2014 & rated 87 points: Opens up after several hours, good acidity, light body with some earth, bay leaf and hint of fruit. 87-88 (215 views)
 Tasted by 82Latour on 8/21/2013 & rated 89 points: Big bottle variation - this tastes nothing like the last. Still cedar and chocolate, but way more secondary flavors and age on the bottle - dusty, wet earth, bret nose - more tabacco powering through on the palate too. Great wine, great buy. (1484 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/24/2013 & rated 89 points: Quite a bit better than my last bottle two months ago (bottle variation?). This still showed the mature profile of leather and dried florals, but without the VA. The fruit, although light, was a bit more prominent. A nice lightweight claret that is very pleasing to drink right now. (1444 views)
 Tasted by kurishin on 7/22/2013 & rated 92 points: There was fruit remaining here with some secondary flavors as well. Had vs a 1996 Maucaillou and this offering was the clear winner. Peaking now, drink up. (1376 views)
 Tasted by WinePeli on 5/21/2013 & rated 79 points: A powerful nose of acetone and banana with the former being dominant as it breathed. Decanted 1 hour prior to pouring. Worse on the 2nd day. Poured down the drain. I hope this was a flawed bottle, but there was no smell or taste of corking. Anyone else experience this? (1605 views)
 Tasted by redwhiteandrich on 5/15/2013 & rated 87 points: Slight bricking. Needs about an hour before it opens up, lots of earth and leather, little fruit but a good modest aged bordeaux. (1509 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/12/2013 & rated 84 points: Nice aged notes of leather, dried florals and earth, but also an unusual hint of something chemical or artificial... almost like plastic or band-aids... not enough to annoy, but enough to detract. Well resolved structure but perhaps already on the downslope. Probably better 5 years ago. On day 2, the chemical taste seemed to really resemble VA... hopefully a bad bottle. (814 views)
 Tasted by christyler on 5/9/2013: Nice dark color - not really showing its age. Medium+ body and very round and mouth-filling. More on the old world side but still very gulpable and a joy to drink. Kudos to K&L for importing wines with age at affordable prices. (743 views)
 Tasted by Kylemauck1 on 5/7/2013 & rated 88 points: Mahogany color, ripe cherry's, blackberry, damp earth on the nose medium body. Raspberry tart, drying tannins, orangy sweet. Medium finish.maybe past its prime (723 views)
 Tasted by 82Latour on 4/26/2013 & rated 89 points: Napa v. Bordeaux (Work): Great acidity, floral nose, pronounced tannins with a cedar chocolate palate. Med finish. (670 views)
 Tasted by dke on 2/25/2013 & rated 87 points: Similar to previous notes, but it seemed little tired, needs 1-2 hours decant. (935 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 2/17/2013 flawed bottle: Not in line with my expectations... I suspect either this was an off bottle or it didn't like the road trip drive... 83-84 if ranked. (890 views)
 Tasted by dke on 1/20/2013 & rated 89 points: Very pleasant claret. Nose has hints of flowers with some cherries and rusty overtones. On the palate this had only hint of fruits and overall leather and cedar profile with high acidity and still noticeable tannins. Very well integrated, can be consumed now, but will hold few more years. (1107 views)
 Tasted by aleksds on 1/19/2013 & rated 89 points: rusty flowers on the nose, leathery apricots on the palate, gentle finish (998 views)
 Tasted by imissjerry on 11/30/2012 & rated 89 points: very nice nose still floral. Dark yet some fruit still present. Graphite, cassis, new leather, VERY yummy. 1997 was an acidic year and this was toght a few years a ago but it's drinking nicely now! (1158 views)
 Tasted by Jason Rzutkiewicz on 10/21/2012 & rated 86 points: (13%) This added in the missing ring in my recent tasting vertical of now 1996-2001. All very nice wines given you can still procure them for ~$20. This one showed what was once a structure but was simple soft, and earthy all around. A fine claret now but I’m not sure how much longer it can hold on. You likely know more than I do but if you’ve been waiting long at least try one now and let me know what you think… (1471 views)
 Tasted by btock on 6/9/2012 & rated 87 points: Better than I had expected. Structure was there, if not the fruit. Found this in the corner of the cellar and pulled to make space! Lots of cedar/cigar, amber color, definitely a Bdx profile if simple. (1612 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/29/2011 & rated 89 points: Open on the nose very herby, some earth and indeed very fragrant, long . The nose stays with you and in away a great surprise. On the palate is a bit thin to start but finishes ok, and still has some life in it but we would suggest to have these sooner than later. Very nice for the price and will not dissapoint.

A much better showing than 2 years ago. Again bottle variation is an issue for mid 90s lanessan (2011 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/15/2009 & rated 86 points: Not as fine as the 96 but still a nice overall claret. Typical nose and body. Lacks complexity though.

Note that Lanessan makes for a great visit if you are in Bordeaux. Open 7 days a week, people are passionate, speak english and if you book they will even give you the right to create your own blend using single grape botlles. This is unique as you get to taste how a single grape fells like and wht it adds to the blend. This is unique.

Both Nicol and I are biased when it comes to Lanessans given we know the family and we have been and stayed over at the chateau. Its a wine to look out for especially over the last few years and for sure 2008 will be superb. They have spent a lot of money on technology and have even a superb grape selector. Will not disappoint (2396 views)
 Tasted by isbjoern on 5/4/2008 & rated 86 points: brick-red, quite translucent towards the edges. The nose is dominated by a distracting smell of stable and earthy notes. Becomes less dominant when open for a few hours. The palate is thin but quite elegant with earthy flavors and blackberries. Some mineral components and iron notes. The wine shows high levels of acidity and elegant hints of wood. The finsih is very short. If you still have any of this left, you should drink it soon, as it seems to be starting to decline. (2576 views)
 Tasted by DianeR on 6/9/2004 & rated 87 points: Light notes of wet stone and mineral, with an odd intensity to the nose - almost like jalapeno peppers. A pleasant wine, with a light feel and a good flavor. The tannins are very, very soft - almost unnoticeable. The heat (jalapeno) in the nose was not matched in the taste, but it left both me and my husband craving nachos. (4653 views)
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Château Lanessan

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more about Haut Medoc and its wines Long-standing fame The legally created division into Médoc and Haut-Médoc dates from 1935. But as long ago as 1815 a Chartrons broker, whose word carried weight, spoke of great red wines in the Haut-Médoc, so recognizing the high quality successfully achieved by this region's growers in the eighteenth century. The same Bordeaux broker revealed that the business world of the Chartrons and the great Bordeaux proprietors had established a sort of league-table of the parishes in which the vine-growing communes of today's Haut-Médoc appellation showed up well.

The Haut-Médoc appellation stretches over some thirty seven miles from north to south, from Saint-Seurin de Cadourne to Blanquefort. Within this area, certain zones produce wines exclusively with the Haut-Médoc appellation. It has terroirs of remarkable quality. And although we may note a certain predominance of layers of gravel (essentially Garonne gravel) from the Quaternary, all these sites are characterized by their wide diversity. Today in the southernmost communes of the appellation, the suburbs of Bordeaux, numerous vineyards which existed at the beginning of the twentieth century have disappeared, victims of urban expansion. But the vines live on... because man has retained his devotion to them.

The astonishing variety of different terroirs, the result of the very extent of the area, explains the diversity of Haut-Médoc wines, a fact which is rare within one and the same appellation.
But, over and above the differences, linked to this mosaic of climatic and geological influence, all these wines have the same family traits of character.
Alert and lively, full-bodied without being too powerful, and harmoniously balanced, they acquire a rare bouquet over the years.

In order to have the right to the Haut-Médoc appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the communes of Blanquefort, Le Taillan, Parempuyre, Le Pian, Ludon, Macau, Arsac, Labarde, Cantenac, Margaux, Avensan, Castelnau, Soussans, Arcins, Moulis, Listrac, Lamarque, Cussac, Saint-Laurent de Médoc, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint-Sauveur, Cissac, Saint-Estèphe, Vertheuil, Saint-Seurin de Cadourne "excluding all the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (48 hectolitres per hectare).

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