1989 Lanessan, Haut-Medoc

SKU #1172343 90 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly rustic, but a big wine. Young and well structured. Good dark-ruby color. Blackberry, cherry and floral aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a ripe berry, tobacco aftertaste.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2001.  (5/1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lanessan's 1989 is herbaceous, but also fat, richly fruity, and soft. A weighty, rich, full-bodied wine, it offers gorgeous amounts of fruit, glycerin, and tannin. (RP)  (2/1993)

K&L Notes

Over the years Ch. Lanessan has gained quite a following here at K&L for offering exceptional Bordeaux values. While this is more expensive than many of our previous offerings, it is still quite the bargain from the 1989 vintage, which critic Michael Broadbent said was, "Unquestionably a great vintage and one which brought the decade to a resounding close." K&L's co-owner and Bordeaux buyer, Clyde Beffa Jr. says: "I drank the lovely 1989 Lanessan last night. It was a vibrant and lively wine, a 25-year-old beauty. The sweetness of the vintage combines well with the old school-style of the property. It has fine structure and great length on the palate. Delicious with rack of lamb. Direct from the property. Perfect fills and labels."

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/25/2014 | Send Email
I am glad that I wasn’t given this wine blind, because I would have missed it entirely. It was an impressive dark color and looked quite young in the glass. The bouquet had an amazing aroma of lavender in it, and that combined with a warm earthiness made it a dead ringer for old-fashioned Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Since my experience has taught me that first impression is always the most accurate when tasting blind, I would have blurted out Châteauneuf-du-Pape… And been dead wrong! The seamless, medium-bodied texture of the wine was all claret, and it lead into a mineral strewn, lively, long finish. I have often heard the term “exotic” applied to the very warm and ripe 1989 vintage, and now I know why. This is a truly exotic Bordeaux, but without the excess baggage of alcohol, wood and clumsy thickness that one usually has to endure to get that exoticism. If you have occasion to drink a special bottle of claret, this is a great candidate!
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