Bright ruby colour belies its 14 years age, only slightly fading at the rim. Secondary aromas of leather immediately apparent with blackberry and other black fruits still well and truly there. The attractive nose is slightly let down on the palate. Firm tannins, but a little hollow on the mid palate.
A good table wine with a very good QPR. Pleasing nose of prune, mushroom, damp soil, and licorice and a palate showing sour cherry, prune, plum, licorice, tobacco, forest floor, and black pepper. Low/med acidity and tannins and a smooth finish. It is as good as it's going to get, and perhaps on the downward trend so drink now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Excellent showing, in a great drinking window at the moment. Soft, round palate, creamy oak and fine tannins with good fruit weight. A really well made wine which outperforms many others at higher prices.
Good leafy tobacco and cigar box nose. A core of ripe fruit on tbe attack quickly transitions to a mid-palate more defined by its gentle tannic structure. Finishes smoothly and with elegance. The very definition of nice, a demure and elegant bottle. Look elsewhere for complexity, power, or gobs of fruit.
A solidly delicious drink. Great candidate for a crowd pleaser. Straightforward and pure. Good core of sweet fruit. Excellent lack of woodiness. Maturity yields a soft texture, but unfortunately no complexity. In the end this is still a one dimensional wine. I prefer mature Medoc with at least some tertiary aromas, which this does not.
Aromas of currants, leather, cedar, forest floor and dusty red fruit. Light- to medium-bodied with flavors of red fruit, spice, leather and cigar box. Medium finish. Nice fruit and weight on the attack and finish, a bit hollow/light on the midpalate though. No need to hold these any longer, drink now.
Needed a few hours to open up. Really showing the cab franc or slightly green cab character on the nose and palate. Peppery, green leafy nose. Fine, slightly tannic palate, with the structure showing a little more than the fruit. Chalky slightly bitter finish. Nice for fans of bdx that aren't looking for big fruit. Seems mature enough.
A reasonable quaffing Bordeaux. Tannins still pronounced and fruit depth a little lacking so relatively consistent with most 01s. Nonetheless, a good value wine which expresses its roots well and will hold a while longer.
Cedar and leather on the nose. Loads of black currant, dark berries and some graphite in the mid-palate.The finish is abrupt, with a hint of vanilla. At $20, a fair value for Bordeaux, especially given the age.
Ripe plum, graphite, cocoa powder, meaty note, hint of vanilla and smoke. Ripe velvety tannins. Medium concentration and acidity. Well-balanced, poised and elegant. If I have to nit pick, the finish is not particularly long. Drink now or within five years. Over deliver for the price.
Wow - I loved this wine, and I have had a love hate relationship with wines from this producer. In my opinion, you have to decant all wines from Lanessan for at least 60 minutes. The wines just don't open up immediately. Great on Day 1 and very good on Day 2. I thought there was good fruit and no rough edges.
K and L liquors has been promoting Lanessan so much, I've often wondered if they own stock in this chateau. I bought the 96, the 98, the 00, and the 01. Both the 96 and 98, previously consumed, were a big disappointment. They were both thin and tannic. I was about to give up on Lanessan and assumed I had been duped by K and L, when I opened the 01'. This was a wonderful bottle of wine. It was drinking beautifully and even my wife said it was one of the best bottles I've ever opened for her! This wine had plenty of life in it. Based on how the 98 tasted, I'm not sure I would wait on this wine for 3-4 years. The other vintages seemed like completely different wines. I bought a few more bottles of the 01'to drink in the near term. Would definitely recommend this wine.
Good claret. At first the fruit was very muted, both on the nose and the palate (which was dominated by a cheesy note). That blew off within half an hour and this was good to go. Cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, creamy blackcurrants, herbs and menthol with a touch of chocolate on the finish. Reasonable complexity and good weight and length. Very good QPR for Bordeaux.
May not have been a perfectly stored bottle, but normal fill. Black cherry and cedar nose, with a touch of volitility. Pleasant and light palate, mature fruit and cedar/oak influence. Still has some coarse tannin. Moderate finish. Drinking well now.
You just died in glass tonight... No really. Started pretty good. Nice nose. A bit thin and lacking great stuffing, but a nice wine. Mature with little fruit remaining (not that I mind). Leather, hints of mocha. Rather pleasant. 1hr started to turn a bit savory. 1.5 hr in and it's dead. Good QPR, just wished we could have finished the bottle.
Very nice wine and outstanding at the price. Mature bordeaux but still with more than a hint of youth about it. Real complexity, creamy black fruit, graphite and chocolate. A slightly stale hint on the finish stopped it getting an even higher score.
Really pleasurable experience of traditional claret. It is, as several reviewers have pointed out, primarily secondary now. There's a persistent pucker of some red fruit but the experience is more leather, tea, and graphite. Finishes a bit dry but overall, quite lovely. Given the price, I'm on my way to buy more.
Maybe my California palate just doesn't get Bordeaux. But K&L hypes this to the sky, and I think it's not memorable. It was only $20, so we're not talking Laffite here, I get that. But there's finesse and then there's no fruit. Not thin like a cheap burg, but pretty weak on flavors, with only a bit of secondary (mostly leather and a little tobacco), maybe a little graphite.
Everything is about reasonable expectation! not so much diluted than 00 vintage I have tried a year ago. As with my prior experience it has a slower/thiner/sour start and started to stabilize after around 40 mins to yield a firmer/thicker mouthfeel. Overall, a good value bdx claret at this price tag alongside Ch. Beamount and maucaillou?!
Decanted 90 mins....got better along the way. Ripe fruit aromas with touch of leather. pours medium deep garnet. Palate is multilayered. Opens with tight ripe fruit that slowly flowers open to dusty plum and touch of leather. Great integrated tannins....delicate yet present. Lingering finish. Paired great with steak and veg with sage butter sauce.
Developing nose: some fruit, unripe blackberry, leather and pencil shavings. Medium tanning, medium plus acidity, palate confirms the nose, medium plus alcohol and good length, good solid wine, I don't think it will improve any further.
Still quite full colour. Surprisingly jammy nose, some sweet spice. Distncitve Lanessan plump fruit up front but slightly hollow mid-palate and shortish finish. Some bitter, sourness on the finish also. Drink up. A long way behind the excellent 2000 and where I believe the 09 will end up.
Drinking as you'd reasonably expect it would. Mature, not 'very', but quite secondary to my tastes. Gamey plushness on the nose but the palate is a more linear. Fruit is getting tired (ie not 'fruity'), some game, fading tannin, some disappearing acid, but the structure is classic. I can't help but wonder though - should a decent mid-ranked BDX at 11yrs show a little better? (and don't get me wrong I like this wine).
- It's balanced with a medium body. Round texture with a medium finish - Very good bottle of mature claret. The bottle variation that has been exhibited in the case has been nothing short of extraordinary - one thin, watery and over-the-hill to this bottle which was by far and away the most impressive of them opened thus far. If they were all like this, I'd be back buying another couple of cases...
There's enough sediment in there to warrant decanting. Pleasant nose of black cherry and pencil lead. Medium-high acidity, red and black berries and a hint of sour cherry on the palate, some gorse bush and leatheriness and quite full, mouth-drying tannins in the finish. Moderate length. For me this is a very good "drinking" claret, in the style traditionally favoured by the English, that is in its window right now. I'm a bit surprised to see so many other tasters have been somewhat disappointed.
13.0% - Clear, med red tile / clean, medium intensity - cedar, funk, violet / dry, med acidity, med- body, med tannin, med- intensity, med- length, unidimensional. The wine is round at first but leaves the mouth dry - a food wine for sure. Will decant to let it open up... The funk went away and left some place to some minerailty (pencil shavings), dark berries, but it remained austere and the finale was just too short and pretty straightforward.
Drank at a party with 6 others. My wife hated it; thought it was bland, flat and metallic. I thought it was meh and agreed with a friend who described it as bland. Another taster suggested it might be corked. If not corked, definitely over the hill. If you have any, don't hold any longer.
Unfortunately, the bouquet on this wine writes checks that aren't delivered by the palate. The nose is dominated by engaging red fruits, blackberries and a little pencil shaving, but those flavours don't come out in the mouth where the wine feels thin. Enjoyable wine which requires food, but no more.
A decent claret. Agree with the comments about it being a little austere, opening up a little after an hour or so and having good black cherry fruit flavors with a bit of prune. I've had better Haut Medocs at the price though. Very little in the way of finish.
Seemed pretty closed at first and only opened up somewhat after a couple of hours. A bit spice up front, with good red/black fruit remaining, balanced by some soft tannins and acidity. A good value for the price, but this bottle at least is not showing much in the way of secondary Bordeaux characteristics. It seemed more like a moderately priced Alexander Valley Cab. I recall it showing more at the tasting where I first tried it, so maybe it's bottle variation.
Bordeaux-Mostly 2009 Reds (K&L Wines, San Francisco): Medium center with maturing rim. Candied fruit and some secondary perfume. Lighter, good acidity, still some retained sweetness of fruit. Pretty good until it falls off midpalate leading to a short finish. OK, still not a bad deal for current drinking given the $20 price tag.
Chateau Lanessan Vertical (55,95,96,00,01,03,05,08): Decanted 3:30. Its a fine wine but just not in the league with most of these wines. A slight prune note on the nose, so perhaps it was mishandled but other signs of heat. Also some simple cassis notes. The palate is a bit bitter and just does not have the texture, the fruit nor the complexity of the other wines. Yet, even this wine for the price does have some value.
This bottle was particularly thin but not sure if that was due to the other wines drunk on the evening or whether it was bottle variation. Otherwise a more than reasonable effort, particularly given the price.
Solid and classic claret. Open on the nose, elegant long nose. On the palate it is round and drinks very well. Stylish and alive, no harsh edges or rough tannins. Will not dissapoitn and at the price really really worth it. 90-92 drink from now
Still quite big. Light mint nose. Some fruit in front. Acid sharp. Tannin has softened but still significant. Leaves nice finish in mouth. Not all packaged together well. Tend to notice the beginning and end without much middle. Nice solid wine without anything that makes it stand out.
Dark ruby red in color with bold dark fruit and cedar spice on the nose. This one is forward and expressive throughout with great, vibrant fruit. An earthy, rustic acidity is here but quickly pushed to the background as it warms with tart, spiced currants on a finish that dries and lingers nicely. This one drinks almost like a current release! A gem at $20. Guessing this one has at least another 5 years to go…
Fresh fruit, then a dark complexity of blackcurrents and a hint of raspberries, ending in a long acidic finish. I'm familiar with Lanessan from the 2005 vintage; this one is more complex, age no doubt, but both are lively. I think the 2001 is a very good every day Bordeaux , and comes into its own with food.
Had this with pork tenderloin medallions wrapped in prosciutto and infused with apple and fig port wine sauce. Sadly, this bottle was not up to the occasion. Obtained from a very experienced and Bordeaux savvy local retailer at an attractive price, I had hopes this could be a repeat buy, but I'm not getting very much love from it. The nose is pencil lead and faint cassis fruit, but on the whole muted and uninteresting. The palate actually delivers more than the nose with cranberry, broad soft earth tones, cedar plank, sub-ripe fruit. Gentle tannins.
Dary ruby/purple color with muscular, bold, flavors of black cherry, leather, dark chocolate, espresso, pencil shavings, and burned oak. This is well structured and balanced. Flavors are carried all throughout the finish. Not for the faint of heart, but utterly flavorful and intriguing. Like most Lanessans, this can keep for a long time. This beats the 2003 by a tiny margin, and so with the 1996. Drink now until 2026.
Shame to see the last bottle of three dozen go - but it was time to say goodbye. Some traditional claret leather and steel backbone but the fruit was thinning out and there wasn't a lot left. Odd, as the last few drunk have been reliable. Maybe an off bottle.
Saturdays at One - Volume 32: Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Dark garnet color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of spice, leather, flowers and mixed dark fruits. Flavors of red berries and cherries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium body. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
I had this wine at an all you can eat steak and rack of lamp restaurant. It was a good pairing with the mean. This wine has good red color, some black cherry notes to it as well as cedar and a vegetable (asparagus and brussel sprout) aspect as well. Nicely balanced and a well made one from a respectable wine producer that has been making wine for over 300 years.
Tried it at the Bibendum 2009 EP tasting Side by side with the brilliant 2009
Wine is well aged and mature. Nice on the nose and fine on the body. Lacks complexity i agree but makes for some nice everyday drinking at the moment. Great Value for money too at £14! ( If you come across the brilliant 2003 do not hesitate)
After a Goodhuis rapturous sales pitch I was expecting something rather better than this, but a good example of a simple Bordeaux. Very purple when opened, so went into a decanter at 1130 for a 1330 start. Good solid structure, quite well balanced, oaky blackcurrants. For eeryday drinking rather than special occasions I think
Pop & pour. Bright ruby red, nice legs. Nose muted at first. Blew off in 1/2 hr. Aromas of vanilla, black current, spice, and hint of smoke. Wine is high in acid and not very balanced. Tannic on the backend. Med finish.