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 Vintage1983 Label 1 of 81 
ProducerChâteau Lanessan (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
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Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lanessan Medoc on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.8 pts. and median of 85 pts. in 6 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by le fouloir on 5/24/2014 & rated 92 points: Cleaning out some of the older wines in my cellar that I worry about whether they are still drinkable. This Lanessan was drinkable and then some! Classic Bordeaux flavors - still a beautiful color, nice fruit, lots of graphite, and cassis. Wonderful nose. I didn't decant it because 1983 was a rather light and floral vintage and I feared that decanting would send it over the hill, as has been my experience with '83's before. However, given the amount of sediment in this bottle, a quick decant before drinking would have been a good idea

I'm writing as much as I am because I think "Zweder" rated this wine (that I paid $8.99 a bottle in 1986) way to low. I may never have had a price-value ratio any greater than this bottle. Since most '83 Lanessan has disappeared, I doubt that my attempt to rehabilitate this wine will do much good, but if you've still got it and you've cellared it well, you'll like this wine. (704 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 8/22/2013 & rated 90 points: 1983 Cabernet Retrospective, Part 2 (Tasted Blind) (Tom's house in Palo Alto, California): Dark red color (with lots of sediments). Earthy nose (B++). Tasty palate. Still a decent amount of fruit left. Well integrated (B++).
My #3, Group's #4 (68 pts). Tasted blind. (1238 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/28/1997 & rated 84 points: Nice glass of wine. Not extremely complex, but certainly good. See my previous notes. It is fully mature. With a price of about $ 10 this was a quite expensive wine at the time and compared to the prices of other wines. (So not a good p/q then) I believe the p/q ratio has changed for the better the last years (after 2000) (1755 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/28/1996 & rated 84 points: Ok wine. Completely mature now. There is some fruit and fresh acidity left. The complexity however disappeared. I expected more. (2104 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/27/1987 & rated 85 points: Tasted at a retailers tasting. The bouquet was very fruity; like primary Beaujolais (cherry) fruit. (And then the score goes down on the bouquet part.) In the mouth there is sticky tannin, some cassis, oak and fresh acidity. The wine is definitely ok, but not great. (1982 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/28/1986 & rated 86 points: Creamy bouquet with good cassis. Round and full bodied wine with a lot of power and promise for the future. Needs at least 5 – 7 years of ageing. (1955 views)

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Château Lanessan

Producer website | Read more About Chateau Lanessan

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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History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


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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