Château Lanessan, Haut Médoc, 2009

  Château Lanessan

Château Lanessan, Haut Médoc

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Lanessan

Chateau Lanessan is a Cru Bourgeois, located in Cussac, to the south of the commune of St Julien, in the appellation Haut-Medoc. This 45 hectares estate is owned and managed by the Bouteiller family. It is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Merlot (20%), with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot accounting for just 5% of plantings. Wines are fermented in temperature-controlled concrete tanks for 12-18 days before aging in oak barrels for 18-30 months (5% new barrels). This is not an estate that we have followed with much interest as the wines have previously been a bit straightforward and ordinary, but the 2009 and 2010 vintages are marked improvements.

Appellation: Haut Médoc

The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc | Petit Verdot

The full complement of permitted Bordeaux varieties (excluding the rarely used Carmenere & Malbec) and the classic left bank Bordeaux blend. The Cabernets and Merlots usually dominate the blend with small percentages of Petit Verdot blended in for colour, structure and complexity. Several producers outside of Bordeaux have tried to emulate this with a Bordeaux style blend of their own, a particularly successful example being Cain Cellars in the Napa Valley and their splendid Cain Five.