2004 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1084675 Jancis Robinson

 Attractive freshness on the nose. Not desperately complex but ready to drink. Solid if a bit dry.  (7/ 2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sweet cherry, dusty, loamy soil, and forest floor-like characteristics make an appearance in this medium-bodied, elegant, pretty, but somewhat superficial 2004. Enjoy its charm and suppleness over the next 5-6 years.  (6/ 2007)

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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 2004 is classic Bordeaux style.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/21/2013  | Send Email
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In a so-so vintage, Lanessan has created a wonderfully balanced wine that is soft and round in the mouth with blackberry to currant-like fruit, with portabella and earthy notes, and a clean, warm finish. This Gem will be one of our house reds for the month, according to Rusty. 13.0%
Drink from 2013 to 2016

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2012  | Send Email
Speaking of elegant and old school, the ’04 from Lanessan has arrived. Secondary aromas dominated the wine for the first couple of hours, so please decant this to wake up the fruit. Mushroom dust, earth and gamey aromas preceed cedar and cherry. The elegant texture still showed some acidity, but the tannins are integrated. The past vintages of Lanessan (’97, ’99, ’01) have always been a hit, so don’t miss out on this.

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 5/12/2012 
A Brick, ruby-red color in the glass. Right from the nose this seems like yet another winner from the Lanessan team. This says a lot for me since I have a rule to not repeat the same wine / producer really more than once ... this is my 5th different vintage of this wine! The nose brings a lot of earthy, mushroom, cedar & spice box that is so inviting. Although this hasn't been open for more than an hour there are chuncky gobs of cherry fruit fruit framed by oak spice & a nice, smooth finish. Definitely another winner for me & a no-brainer for easy to like Bordeaux.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion