1996 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A sleeper of the vintage, Lanessan's 1996 boasts an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color, and knock-out aromatics of melted chocolate, asphalt, and cassis. Deep, rich, and medium-bodied, with excellent concentration and purity, this impressively-endowed, flavorful, well-structured wine should be at its finest between 2004-2016.
A pretty nose of currants and blackberries. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and plenty of fruit, but a slightly short finish. A very good wine from Lanessan. Best after 2000.
Lanessan has produced some of our favorite value-priced older Bordeaux. Old school in style, austere on release, this is now revealing wonderful minerality, cocoa and cassis.