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.
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.