Annual Pilgrimage to Chateau Lanessan; 5/23/2014-5/25/2014 (Chateau Lanessan, Bordeaux): Directly from the private cellar of the chateau, original cork with vintage clearly showing. Solid cork. Needs decanting for sediment clearing but the wine is really open for business. Fragile wine so no prolonged decanting here pls. It's flaw is that it followed the beautiful 53. Quite similar though and just a touch lighter. With good healthy fruit core, well round and mature but still very much solid and alive. 92
This could have just as easily been a 1995 as a 1955. If I didn't know so much about the person who owned it, I would seriously wonder about it being fake. Very dark color, loads of fruit, and a great treat to try something of this age that's so youthful. This wasn't the most complex of the wines we drank that evening, but it certainly was very enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Chateau Lanessan Vertical (55,95,96,00,01,03,05,08): What an honor to be drinking this. It may not be outstanding, but it is really cool. Ruby with some purple, looking 40 years younger than it is. Great Bordeaux nose of sandalwood, slight funk, and a bit of cassis. Not quite as good on the palate, a bit thin. Still, it has a lot to offer. Not quite as complex as I might have hoped, but a fine wine. This was slowoxed for five hours before consuming.
Second time with this wine for me from Linden's cellar. This bottle was even younger and more serious than the previous which was a fully resolved and wonderfully expressive mass of red fruits. This was almost dark to the rim and full of black fruits and truffles. Was a truly classic claret in the good sense and a great match for the 70s BVs served alongside it. It didn't quite have the power they had or the grandeur of the 59 ausone but still a great claret.
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