2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Previously $25)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, licorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, low-acid Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and one that should only improve over the next several years and merit an outstanding rating. It should keep for up to two decades. (89+) (RP) ... Neil Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013: 'Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Lanessan ‘09 has a simple but clean fruit bouquet with blackberry, cedar and a touch of tar, hints of espresso developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins. Fresh and lively in the mouth, not complicated but showing good length on the finish - perhaps I was expecting just a little more given its promising showing from barrel. Still, I think this will improve in bottle. Tasted January 2013.'
Focused, with a mouthwatering tobacco edge framing the core of red and black currant and anise. A warm stone note fills out the finish, with good underlying acidity. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)
One of Clyde's sentimental favorites, and now recently a darling of the K&L staff since 1996 vintage. Always a fine value. The 2009 vintage is much more modern in style than fans of older vintages from Lanessan, packed with lots of fresh fruit, spice and soft tannins.