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| ||Tasted by partylikeakennedy on 5/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Another go at this one! It's available at K&L for $21 so you can't lose. Getting pepper and mushrooms on the nose. As with last time, very limited fruit on the palate - more musty dusty leather, very soft and light, but very satisfying with a nice lingering finish. (399 views)|
| ||Tasted by rmalloy on 4/30/2015 & rated 90 points: Tart plum with smoked meat, cedar, and leather. Tastes good. Not complex. (379 views)|
| ||Tasted by greidy on 4/29/2015 & rated 89 points: Bohemian garnet, not very fine and clear with brownish light brim; opened with the nose of pencil lead, lots of wood and earth; after half an hour - some secondary smell of cooked fruits. On the palate – not too much alcohol, very little acidity and fully integrated tannins. Little bit too woody for my taste, but worked well with Gruyere cheese; short to medium finish. Definitely over the peak already… If you still have a bottle or two – drink now. (367 views)|
| ||Tasted by MSheridan on 4/26/2015 & rated 90 points: Very enjoyable. Consistant with my previous note and those of recent reviewers. I'd recommend to drink up soon as it was best straight after opening (398 views)|
| ||Tasted by rorykinnear on 4/2/2015 & rated 90 points: Wonderful wine for dinner with spicy merguez sausage.|
Aromas are all secondary/tertiary at this point, mushroom and cedar and leather (in that order). The maturity of the aromas concerned me, but on the palate it still had a core of dark red fruit, with good mid-weight texture and a spicy finish. I have had other over-aged bordeaux that I couldn't stand, but this one still had some stuffing left, and was balanced too. And god, the price...20 bucks?!
I would certainly drink it this year and no later. Lamb is a good pairing. (721 views)
| ||Tasted by brubron on 3/11/2015: My second of two bottles and this one was terrific. Deep beautiful color and faint fragrance preceded the full bodied fruit still strong and delicious after all these years. Tannins were soft as silk. Really far better than I expected. 30 minutes minimum in the decanter. (785 views)|
| ||Tasted by Serge on 3/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Notes of old wine. Great value. (836 views)|
| ||Tasted by Papies on 1/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Maybe the best of this batch came as the last bottle. Decanted for 30 minutes. |
Just beautiful and most likely at peak. Testament to what good claret can achieve for 13£ and easily among the better value for money wines around. Just turning secondary, with good ripe fruit core, good acidity and length. A beautiful wine that just put a smile on our faces. 90-91 and drinks just beautiful now. (1538 views)
| ||Tasted by Zoomin Z on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Expressive, pleasing nose of red fruits, cedar and a hint of leather. Medium to medium light body with tart fruit and a moderately short finish. Tannins completely integrated by now. No hints of being over the hill yet. (1413 views)|
| ||Tasted by partylikeakennedy on 12/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Decant. I agree with previous people who've remarked on the absence of fruit. But that's what I was in the mood for today so boom, victory! Leather, muted plums, and dusty on the palate. Subtle. (1323 views)|
| ||Tasted by LJD on 12/8/2014 & rated 90 points: Gave this an hour decant and was pleasantly surprised. As others have said, quite an absence of fruit, but drank beautifully wishing I had a second bottle to share and consume the same night. (1576 views)|
| ||Tasted by azzah on 11/19/2014 & rated 88 points: Medium to dark purple. Lots of secondary aromas on the nose which work hard to obsure any fruit - cow yard, earth, tobacco, some bandage. It's less so on the palate with plum and cherry flavours but plenty of those cedar and tobacco flavours too with hints of brett. Pretty good length but lacks some refinement. (1785 views)|
| ||Tasted by diggydan on 10/19/2014 & rated 90 points: Tobacco and earth on the nose. Nicely structured with good acidity on the mid-palate and some tannins on the back end. This is all earth and leather, no fruit that I can discern, but a very good bottle of wine. (1472 views)|
| ||Tasted by AllRed on 9/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Friday Night Brown Bagger (Ron's): Garnet color. The bouquet shows ripe- but not overly so- fruit, raspberry and currants. Notes of herbs, spice and tobacco emerge as it opens. Raspberry and currants on the palate with a raisin undertone. As it opens, the raisin note disappears leaving ripe currants and herb flavors. Finishes well. Guessed young Bordeaux.|
An impressive showing for this wine, and drinking very well now. I wish I had a few in the cellar to open over the next few years. (1905 views)
| ||Tasted by Ftolland on 9/4/2014: Light (1618 views)|
| ||Tasted by wboyd on 6/12/2014 & rated 89 points: Delicious cedar and spice-box. I can't imagine a better drinking window for this wine than now. (Anybody got another bottle?? This was my only one and I don't know where I got it!) Still with some sweet tannins, good acidity and a medium finish. A great value! (2297 views)|
| ||Tasted by rmalloy on 6/10/2014 & rated 91 points: Very earthy. Strong cedar and tobacco. Tart plum. Tough tannins on the finish. (2027 views)|
| ||Tasted by brubron on 5/12/2014: This had the aroma of an old cellar and tasted the same. I can see how many would not like this but I found it went rather well with filet stuffed with mushrooms. (2113 views)|
| ||Tasted by MSheridan on 5/2/2014 & rated 89 points: nice balance of cedar and sour cherry, cassis and plums. Good length and enough tannin and acidity to last a bit longer (1980 views)|
| ||Tasted by never oenough on 2/4/2014 & rated 87 points: What started as a beautiful and fragrant claret, quickly turned into a flat, thin bodied wine that left your mouth wondering what happened. I would drink it again, but not with the hopeful anticipation that came with the first pour into the glass. (2802 views)|
| ||Tasted by asgerG on 1/9/2014 & rated 87 points: Decanted 20min. Elegant almost lean classic Lanessan. Drink now (2197 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 12/23/2013 flawed bottle: So corked I'm still tasting it 2 hours later. (2389 views)|
| ||Tasted by calodo2011 on 12/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Fatter in mid palate than 15 months ago, but almost the tinge of overripe tomato; worked well w/ a thick tomato stew w/ spicy tofu & bouquet garni. Drink up now! (2305 views)|
| ||Tasted by europat55 on 12/5/2013 & rated 86 points: This didn't perform as well as my previous bottle. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing to write home about. (2371 views)|
| ||Tasted by europat55 on 11/21/2013 & rated 89 points: Excellent nose with decent level of complexity. Very good palate. In a good spot right now and a good buy at $23 in retail. (1894 views)|
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Château Lanessan Producer website | Read more About Chateau Lanessan
2001 Château Lanessan60 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 36 % Merlot, 4 % 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.
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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).