2011 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Previously $17)

SKU #1159787 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium dark ruby. Aromatic nose offers fresh blackcurrant and lead pencil scents. Pure but austere on the palate, with black fruit and cedar flavors leading to a persistent finish featuring slightly gritty tannins.  (5/ 2012)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "Made up of 45 hectares (111 acres) of vines that form part of a larger 80 hectares (198 acres) estate on one single plot, the Lanessan vineyard is located in the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, close to Saint-Julien, in the Haut-Médoc appellation area and runs east to west along a fine ridge of deep Garonne gravel. The average age of the vines is about thirty years. They are surrounded by 145 hectares (360 acres) of woodland with cork oak, red oak and pine."

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/14/2014  | Send Email
*V Tons of ripe fruit. Super flavor. Great value! This is stunning wine for the vintage.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/14/2014  | Send Email
Dark fruit and a touch of pepper. Attractive front to back, with good grip and tannin control.

By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/14/2014  | Send Email
This is one of the great classics as far as values go-always good and dependable. It has a racy nose with hints of herbs, flowers and loads of red fruits. Nice creaminess. This is classic.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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