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| ||Tasted by Papies on 5/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Annual Pilgrimage to Chateau Lanessan; 5/23/2014-5/25/2014 (Chateau Lanessan, Bordeaux): Directly from the private cellar of the chateau, original cork with vintage clearly showing. Solid cork. Needs decanting for sediment clearing but the wine is really open for business. Fragile wine so no prolonged decanting here pls. It's flaw is that it followed the beautiful 53. Quite similar though and just a touch lighter. With good healthy fruit core, well round and mature but still very much solid and alive. 92 (1111 views)|
| ||Tasted by Alex G. on 12/28/2013: This could have just as easily been a 1995 as a 1955. If I didn't know so much about the person who owned it, I would seriously wonder about it being fake. Very dark color, loads of fruit, and a great treat to try something of this age that's so youthful. This wasn't the most complex of the wines we drank that evening, but it certainly was very enjoyable and I would recommend it. (1153 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 1/13/2012 & rated 89 points: Chateau Lanessan Vertical (55,95,96,00,01,03,05,08): What an honor to be drinking this. It may not be outstanding, but it is really cool. Ruby with some purple, looking 40 years younger than it is. Great Bordeaux nose of sandalwood, slight funk, and a bit of cassis. Not quite as good on the palate, a bit thin. Still, it has a lot to offer. Not quite as complex as I might have hoped, but a fine wine. This was slowoxed for five hours before consuming. (2961 views)|
| ||Tasted by DAN BAILEY on 12/30/2009: Second time with this wine for me from Linden's cellar. This bottle was even younger and more serious than the previous which was a fully resolved and wonderfully expressive mass of red fruits. This was almost dark to the rim and full of black fruits and truffles. Was a truly classic claret in the good sense and a great match for the 70s BVs served alongside it. It didn't quite have the power they had or the grandeur of the 59 ausone but still a great claret. (2631 views)|
| ||Tasted by Paul D on 6/20/2008: UK Wine Pages - Vintage Pairs Offline (Le Colombier, Kensington, London): Deep garnet, wide pale rim. Very developed volatile nose, oxidative. Some mint. Tannic, tired palate, not much left in the tank here. (2609 views)|
| ||Tasted by SimonG on 6/20/2008: UK Wine Forum 'Vintage Pairs' Offline (Le Colombier, London): Clearly the older of the pair. Quite menthol on the nose. Italian acidity. Nose changing quite rapidly, creme caramel now. Early 1980s? Interesting, and I like this, but clearly fading. ***1/2 (3030 views)|
| ||Tasted by andrewstevenson.com on 6/10/2008 & rated 93 points: Very lovely nose: elegant with minerally restrained fruit. This feels really mature but not old. Lovely palate: there's lots of ripe fruit flavours still, combined with some stucture from very light grained tannins that persist in the mouth long after. (1854 views)|
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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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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).