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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 75 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lanessan (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationHaut-Médoc
UPC Code(s)088156006848, 3700266203852, 3700266203853, 3760096586129, 723055600291, 835603001662

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2022 (based on 57 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lanessan Medoc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.4 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 218 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by stinkycook on 7/1/2015: Drinking well (286 views)
 Tasted by blanquito on 4/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Goddamn, this is good, seriously good. Ethereal scents of inkberry, cranberry, cassis, loam, vitamins. A truly fresh and engaging bouquet. A bit grapey still, but with incipient savory notes, and round yet tangy profile. Light to medium bodied yet intense and long, and some dry tannins remain on the finish. This is one of the best vintages of this wine I've had, true to the house style while eschewing any flaws. Drinkable now, and over the next decade. Tasted from 375 ml. (1402 views)
 Tasted by dfusina on 4/26/2015 & rated 88 points: Average. Needs more time. Like most Bordeaux, last sip much better than the first. (1104 views)
 Tasted by asgerG on 1/23/2015 & rated 88 points: D1h. Ruby red, yellow rim, 5. Discrete classic Medoc bouquet. Elegant harmonious palate, some tannin, elegant finish. Wait two years for this wine to unfold. (2302 views)
 Tasted by DG Allen on 1/11/2015 & rated 88 points: Decanted for probably 90 minutes and I think that was too long. The nose was very light and hard to detect. Color was nice light purple with a fair amount of sediment. Well balanced flavor. I liked it. (2339 views)
 Tasted by cork breath on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Full body. Bone dry. Very long finish (1896 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 1/1/2015 & rated 90 points: From small format fully ready, smooth, much more than we expected, an interesting wine, will be neat to see it develop secondaries (2471 views)
 Tasted by palbe on 11/28/2014 & rated 85 points: Decanted 1 hr. Deep ruby. Slightly herbal nose of cassis with plums emerging, in addition to the classic leather and some dark chocolate. Medium bodied with nice fruit persistence, cool berries and tannins still a little stern. A stylish charmer and an excellent value. In a good place for me now, but will surely develop and mellow out. (2627 views)
 Tasted by eeeeeradicator on 11/27/2014 & rated 89 points: This is drinking well now but is already becoming dominated by aged characteristics, even out of a magnum. Great value but it's not going to bust expectations for longevity. (1741 views)
 Tasted by SactoWino on 11/25/2014 & rated 87 points: Pnp, this could have used an hour+ decant as others mentioned. Typical Bordeaux flavors, with a bit more richness than most. Seems to have many years of life left (1821 views)
 Tasted by J Mac on 11/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Incredible cru bourgious superior as always. Great year, still drinking with great perfume and power all the way through the palate. (1110 views)
 Tasted by cork breath on 10/17/2014 & rated 88 points: A little disappointing (2145 views)
 Tasted by ProfByron on 10/10/2014 & rated 88 points: It has some of the richness expected of 2005. It's savoury and food friendly, not souped up with oak or alcohol. Others at the table enjoyed it a good deal. That said, it's fairly straightforward and I doubt it will gain much with age.

Sealed with cork. 13%

PS I found a 2009 tasting note of mine. Again 88 points:
2005 has given a really nice lift in richness to this good but minor claret. Good drinking now and over the next 5+ years.

Interesting though to think how far this wine is from its classed growth St. Julien neighbours. (1891 views)
 Tasted by mikeyc on 9/21/2014 & rated 90 points: Following other members notes I let this decant for 2 hours. Hints of tobacco and fruit with a little earthiness added to its smooth texture.
I recommend this as good value. Too bad I only have 1 bottle left. (1998 views)
 Tasted by silk1969 on 9/18/2014 & rated 90 points: Popped, poured, swirled for 10 minutes and jumped in. Lovely, classic Bordeaux nose of leather, cigar box, black currant, and sweet cherry. Light, almost lean, on the palate, leading with cherry tobacco, leather, and earth. Currant and unripe plum are in the background, and the tannins aren't quite resolved, adding a pleasantly bitter tar element that takes over on the finish. Lots going on here, the mouthfeel is decent, and this is a terrific value under 30 bucks. (2043 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 9/9/2014 & rated 89 points: This needed an hour in the glass to show its stuff. Plum, blackberry, currant and leather on the nose; black fruit, lead pencil and mint on the palate. Round and mouth filing, with a trace of tannins at this point. Soft finish. Drinking well now. In retrospect, great QPR in an otherwise expensive vintage. Hat tip to K&L. (2117 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 9/6/2014 & rated 90 points: This is the best this wine has shown me. Thin and cedary at first, it needs some air time to fill out and develop richness. Tart berry and plum, definitely has the rustic barnyard and earthy components (but was not overwhelming as I've sometimes faulted this wine for), and tight tannins will serve to carry this wine for some years to come. (1710 views)
 Tasted by J Mac on 7/19/2014 & rated 90 points: Personally, I thought the average score to be a little hard for this bottle. I found it to be a delightfully rustic representation of the haut medoc, with a nose full of farm dirt, sandstone, green peppers, unripe yet not unpleasant black cherry, and a fine hint of sage. Overall, a pleasure to drink, with a decent finish. (2215 views)
 Tasted by S1 on 7/4/2014: ~5 hour slow ox
This bottle leads with an immediate punch of cassis and follows with some saddle leather and some really dry, toasted oaky tannins. The alcohol seems a little out of balance initially but the bottle calmed down after about an hour in the glass. Decent QPR. (2232 views)
 Tasted by blanquito on 6/20/2014 & rated 89 points: The nose shows a mixture of new and old oak, a little cinnamon. Dry palate impression, medium bodied, but a little richer this year than usual. Very drying finish, with lots of wood tannin dominating the impression right now. Austere and classic, should improve for another 5+ years, but open for business now. Very nice. (2219 views)
 Tasted by Ken332 on 5/26/2014 & rated 87 points: Was not as impressed with this bottle as in previous ones. Cassis, wood, and spice in a very nice nose, but mid-range and finish were both lacking. Hopefully, this was just a slightly off bottle. Opened about an hour before serving, did not decant, served with seared duck breast, rice and leeks. (2499 views)
 Tasted by swaap on 4/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Bouteille débouchée 17 heures avant le repas. Le vin fermé la veille était bien ouvert le lendemain. Arômes de fruits rouges, cuir et cèdre. La bouche est déjà accessible mais quelques années de garde lui donnera plus d'homogénéité. (2951 views)
 Tasted by casper01 on 4/13/2014 & rated 88 points: A bit more time, no rush (2623 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 4/4/2014 & rated 89 points: Drinking OK, with a nice earthy classic medoc nose. A bit tart and still a bit tannic. Can use 3 years. (2683 views)
 Tasted by Poisey on 3/28/2014 & rated 89 points: Right out of the cellar this has a typical nose with cabernet dominating. Nice wood integration with cassis and flowers and ink notes. A solid structured 05 Bordeaux. Sweet dark fruit finish that's fresh and round. Pleasant drink. (2445 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/18/2009)
(Ch Lanessan Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/13/2006)
(Ch Lanessan Haut-Médoc Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/12/2009)
(Château Lanessan) Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; nice tart cassis, slightly herbaceous nose with a hint of smoke; silky textured, tart cassis and mineral palate; medium finish  89 points
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Château Lanessan

Producer website | Read more About Chateau Lanessan

2005 Château Lanessan

75% Cabernet sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot

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.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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.

Haut-Médoc

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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