2009 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Previously $25)

SKU #1089181 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.'  (2/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/4/2012  | Send Email
Wow, if you've enjoyed past vintages of Lanessan, like the 96, 99, and 01, you're in for a real treat here. "Old School" in style, Lanessan historically leans toward the earthy/woodsy/herbal side of the spectrum, and improves with age, but in 2009 there's so much ripe, fleshy fruit that it's appealing even now. It exhibits ripe black fruit and plum aromas and flavors, with floral and earth spice accents. A dense core of fruit is framed by firmly structured tannins and balanced acidity. The grippy finish lingers with notes of toasty cedar and baking spices, with a delicate hint of vanilla. Lay away 5-7 years to enjoy for the ensuing 10-15.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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