Just south of St. Julien, about a kilometer west of the D2 is Chateau Lanessan. Many red Bordeaux lovers are well aware of the quality of wines that come from this property that traces its roots back to the 18th century. Alas, it was a massive lapse of judgment in 1855 by then proprietor Louis Delbos, which resulted in Chateau Lanessan's omission from the famous classification of 1855. (He refused to provide samples, thinking it was 'bureaucratic nonsense'). Though this omission has cost the chateau dearly, it has benefited the frugal Bordeaux lover, as the price has been more than fair...even in the best vintages!
Tasted 4/1/11 at Negociant: "I found the Lanessan quite appealing as it had a complex nose of fresh dark berry fruit and vanilla spice. On the palate it had all components firing, including a distinct earthiness, yet maintained balance and finesse. It showed great weight with the fruit coming out on top. Structure suggests it will age well." - Peter Zavialoff, Staff.
Robert Parker's note: "Attractive notes of cedarwood, unsmoked cigar tobacco, red and black currants and loamy soil characterize this surprisingly soft, round, medium-bodied Lanessan. Although not the superstar value it can be in certain vintages, it is still a very good Medoc that should evolve nicely for 10-15 years given its tannic structure."
The Wine Advocate's Neal Martin had this to say: "Good purity on the nose of this Lanessan 2010 with dark black cherries, blackcurrant and warm gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, chewy with blackcurrant, briary and cedar towards the tannic, slightly hard finish. I think this will show better after bottling."
-- TWH Staff