1998 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #992088 Wine Spectator

 A good red, with plum, berry and vanilla character. Medium in body and tannins, with a short finish.  (1/2001)

K&L Notes

This property is on the border of St-Julien and the Haut-Médoc, quite close to Beychevelle and Branaire-Ducru. A classically styled Bordeaux with plenty of complex earthy flavors and cassis fruit. Needs one hour decanting and then it blossoms forth. No new wave flashiness here, just solid good Cabernet flavors. This is the style that made Bordeaux famous!

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
Tasting notes 3/11/2014.... it was the consensus that this wine is drinking better than it ever has. Maybe it woke back up but lots of life in this wine still. Layered with dried currants to cassis with black olive and tea with cedar and spice. This is drinking really well. Tasting notes 7/5/2011...With a 5 vintage vertical of Lanessan in the store right now we just tried all 5 with the staff.The 98 was some of the staff's favorite. The nose showed cassis, tea, mushroom and damp earth. The cassis had a perfumey quality to it that came through on the palate all the way through the finish along with spice.. Some astringency remains but this wine is ready to drink now.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
So good! If you like old style Bordeax these are for you, and they are exceptionally well-priced. In September 2011: The 1998 Lanessan is a sturdy wine with some mineral undertones and dusty aromas. Decant it and it blossoms. Will cellar a few more years. Serve with cassoulet.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2013 | Send Email
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This production is medium ruby in color, with aromas of currants and cherry-like tones, and creamy, cedary notes. In the mouth, this Gem is soft, integrated, fleshy, and long. Nice wine for near-term consumption. Rusty has made this one of our house reds for the month.13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2011 | Send Email
This is a deal in classic, aged Bordeaux for anyone with a "old world" palate. Firm and completely dry with flavors of dark cherry, oak and spice, this is just beginning to show mature hints of cedar and leather. This cabernet based wine still shows the structure of the vintage so decanting is recommended.

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