2010 Les Calèches de Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

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A superb value--delicious. Full-flavored, sweet, lush and sexy.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/13/2013 | Send Email
K&L customers will quickly recognize the name of Chateau Lanessan. We have sold many vintages of this historic Medoc property. But 2010 is the first time we have carried their second wine, Les Caleches de Lanessan. The 2009 and 2010 vintages were the first overseen by new director, Paz Espejo. While building on the 200 year history of the chateau, the young Spanish woman has brought Lanessan into the 21st century, introducing a cleaner, more modern style. The 2010 Les Caleches is the beneficiary of her efforts, displaying youthful, berryish fruit and intriguing spice notes. There is lively acidity here, but matched by ripe red and black fruits and a rich texture. Firm tannins frame the finish. Don't be fooled by the sub $20 price point. This is a serious wine that will reward 3 to 5 years in the cellar. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2013 | Send Email
Chateau direct pricing and old world charm make Lanessan one of our most popular Bordeaux and this second wine is an even greater value. This is just as rustic and traditional as the regular bottling but in a more approachable style and price.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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