Thursday, December 1, 2011 - I bought a case of ‘95 Lanessan for less than $20 per bottle and I have to say that it is hard to find a more complex, balanced, classically made wine for this price with 15 years of bottle ageing. As I characterized in an earlier tasting note, this is a great everyday house wine to serve with almost anything. My suggestion, if you are considering a more recent vintage, would be to buy a half case or so and drink comfortably over the next 7-9 years. You won't be disappointed from a value standpoint. There are plenty of nuanced flavor notes such as leather, deep sour cherry and licorice.
Eric Asimov of the New York Times did a recent article about the first growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundies that are out of reach of most wine consumers, who can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars per bottle. The point he made was that fortunately for the rest of us, there has been an explosion of good wines available that are affordable to almost anyone interested in pulling a cork. Lanessan is proof wines like this do in fact exist.