2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1055233 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always one of the better values and ageworthy wines from the Haut-Medoc, Lanessan’s 2003 possesses lots of cedarwood, creme de cassis and forest floor notes, outstanding ripeness, low acidity, and a round, generous mouthfeel with no desiccation or flaws. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

When K&L's Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. tasted the 2003 in early April 2010 he immediately recognized it for the great value it is. He wrote: "Spicy nose and flavors. Very ripe and fine tannins. Lively and sweet. Ready early. The combination of rustic property and hot vintage makes this a superb value."

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
When young, the wines of Lanessan are typically a deep, intense ruby color, with an elegant nose and fruity, floral aromas. On the palate, the structure is complex and dense, melting away harmoniously to a good, long finish. When they are older, the wines take on a terracotta tint and the nose becomes increasingly complex, with plum, then undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm and perfectly harmonious, ending with silk tannins. The 2003 is that warm, round style.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2013 | Send Email
This lovely claret has none of the excesses that some of the 2003 vintage wines have, but instead shows great freshness and minerality. Old school Bordeaux fans love Chateau Lanessan for its earthiness and restraint, and this bottle comes through with both. If you are looking for something ready to drink that is under $20, look no further! I can't wait to sear off a juicy top sirloin and drink one of these wonderful bottles of claret!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2013 | Send Email
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The 2003 vintage was an incredibly warm vintage that resulted in certain grapes becoming a bit too ripe and, as a result, producing rather fat style wines. This Lanessan is not that, and if one discription has to be used, it is power. Deeply colored, this Gem shows a ripe, rich, focused cassis to current fruit note with mocha undertones on the nose, that leads to a broad, viscous, complex, almost creamy mouthfeel. It is long and luscious, and will be our house red, according to Rusty for the next three to six years. 13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2010 | Send Email
I have long been a fan of the wines of Chateau Lanessan. As a Cru Bourgeois they are always attractively priced, even while the chateau occupies an advantageous position immediately south of Chateau Beychevelle, just outside the St. Julien appellation in the commune of Cussac-Fort Medoc. I have enjoyed the 1996, the 1999, and even the 2000 vintage but had never before tasted the 2003. I was a bit nervous considering the extreme heat of the vintage that the wine would be too soft or overripe but nothing could be further from the truth. The wine shows perhaps a bit more fruit than in other years, but there is ample structure to support it. The estate produced a remarkably balanced wine with very reasonable 13% alcohol. Ripe red fruits – red currant and plum – and a hint of pepper. Delicious, and ready to drink now. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2010 | Send Email
You really do not have to look further than the label to understand this wine. It is old school from a very warm vintage. Ripe fruit back by rather big tannins that are starting to knit themselves into the wine, dark earthy tones and spice. For under $20 you will be hard pressed to find another Bordeaux with its power, complexity and accessibility.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2010 | Send Email
This affordable gem is from the warm and approachable 2003 Bordeaux and is already delicious. Sweet, lively and round with no hard edges, this is great with hearty foods or more sophisticated fare. From the much hyped "California" vintage in Bordeaux.

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