Drinking exceptionally almost 20 years out. Classic Medoc mix of leather, herbs and earthiness. Echoing my earlier tasting note, this wine shows a level of depth, complexity and roundness in the mouth that defies its under $20 value. A slight hint of mustiness in the finish knocks this particular tasting down a notch or two. Drink now.
Popped and poured. Color garnet w bricking edges. Nose unmistakably Bordeaux w mostly secondary showing. On palate this is mostly resolved and read to go w Finish showing tannin supporting the simple fruit. There is still quite a bit of stuffing here but I intend to drink the rest of mine in the next 2-3 years.
Still quite young in taste and appearance, this is a full bodied, viscous wine with a thick, velvety texture. Quite a discreet nose of plums, tobacco and leather, in the mouth it envelops the tastebuds with notes of blackberry and cherry, together with mocha and pepper. There is a slight lack of fruit, it doesn't have the sweetness of a really good vintage, but still a very impressive wine. What I like is that it doesn't try to be anything it's not: it's not a budding St.Julien or Pauillac, still less a Right Bank fruit bomb, it's a good Haut-Medoc. With a little more fruit, this would have been the best Lanessan I've tasted, the body and texture are certainly more impressive than the 90, for example. The Lanessan 09 costs exactly the same as the 95 did back in 99, so this is precisely the type of wine to hunt down in the current context.
Chateau Lanessan Vertical (55,95,96,00,01,03,05,08): This took some time to open up despite the 4 hour decant. Ruby/purple in color. With air in the glass, some cassis, tobacco and a bit of warm earth develops. Great texture. Juicy with solid tannins. Slowly unwinding in my glass. Needs time, but it is a delicious wine.
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.
Tested with 3+ hrs air time (including shaking the bottle initially) at 70-75 deg F. Filled in and moved from "orange-ish" taste to cherry taste with air time. Nose of this wine is quite good and better than the taste, but taste is acceptable. Alluring nose of cherry-plum, leather, smoke, graphite, stony mineral, perfume, and cola spices (nutmeg or orange peel). In the mouth tastes of slightly musty leather with sour ripe fruit (cherry, dark plum) plus some spice (pepper, orange peel, nutmeg). Finish fades of fruit and wood notes with hints of nuts and toast. Body medium minus, acid medium, tannin medium or lower.
Wow, I am shocked how lively this still is after 15 years. Great mose full of musty blackberries and plums. Nice zip of acid still kicking around and nicely integrated tannin. Fruit flavors are a tad thin, bit nicely matured with a good balance of damp earth. Absolute steal of an aged Bdx at $20.
Saturdays at One - Volume 32: Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass. clear hue throughout. Nose of aspirin, black berries, white pepper and a hint of roses. Flavors of black berries and black cherries. Medium to bright acidity, drying tannins, medium body. I'm still not sure the fruit will outlast the tannins and acidity of this vintage. It's still hanging in there but the acidity and tannins are still a little ahead of the fruit.
Tested from a preservation machine. Complex nose with strong cherry (kirsch) notes, spices (anise), hints of strawberry or cherry cola, background mineral. In the mouth has notable and smooth acid and tannin around the rim of the tongue with smoke, graphite, and rich ripe not sweet (slightly sour) red and black fruit (red cherry, berry, and cassis or elderberry) along with a meaty undertone. Finishes with fading sour fruit and toasted oak with a metallic sheen. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium plus. Good value as tested, USD20.
appears dark purple with fading edges, smell soft raspberry, gentle spice, nice and soft, light touch of cedar, very nice nose, taste well-integrated, softer, fruity spice, great acid, wonderful pair for grilled lamb loin chops, wonderfully pleasant, very meaty and tobaccoesque, on day two, the wine had moved onto blunt acid with excellent mouthfeel but the favors had long faded away, nice, easygoing wine to drink now, no reason to hold onto it any longer as far as I can tell, not quite what I paid, but certainly an excellent demonstration of how lamb and bordeaux can work hand-in-hand
Medium ruby, medium bright ruby rim. Pleasant, nicely perfumed, if not overly intense nose showing cassis, cedar and spice. Medium bodied on the palate with cool, elegant spicy blackcurrant fruit and cedar. Nicely poised with nice fresh acidity and a medium length finish with some slightly aggressive tannins. Lacking a little intensity but quite classy, now to 2010ish.
Thanks to Mimik for saving the left over from the WS Ottawa Offline 30/09/2006. Nice ruby red with slight bricking on the edges. This one was starting to show signs of being opened for so long but it was still hanging in there !! Nice nose of raspberries, cedar and dried thyme. On the palate more fruits but with a marked acidity, still had a nice bit of tannins left to enjoy !