1989 Lanessan, Haut-Medoc

SKU #1172343 90 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly rustic, but a big wine. Young and well structured. Good dark-ruby color. Blackberry, cherry and floral aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a ripe berry, tobacco aftertaste.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. Best after 2001.  (5/ 1999)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lanessan's 1989 is herbaceous, but also fat, richly fruity, and soft. A weighty, rich, full-bodied wine, it offers gorgeous amounts of fruit, glycerin, and tannin. (RP)  (2/ 1993)

K&L Notes

Over the years Ch. Lanessan has gained quite a following here at K&L for offering exceptional Bordeaux values. While this is more expensive than many of our previous offerings, it is still quite the bargain from the 1989 vintage, which critic Michael Broadbent said was, "Unquestionably a great vintage and one which brought the decade to a resounding close." K&L's co-owner and Bordeaux buyer, Clyde Beffa Jr. says: "I drank the lovely 1989 Lanessan last night. It was a vibrant and lively wine, a 25-year-old beauty. The sweetness of the vintage combines well with the old school-style of the property. It has fine structure and great length on the palate. Delicious with rack of lamb. Direct from the property. Perfect fills and labels."

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/25/2014  | Send Email
I am glad that I wasn’t given this wine blind, because I would have missed it entirely. It was an impressive dark color and looked quite young in the glass. The bouquet had an amazing aroma of lavender in it, and that combined with a warm earthiness made it a dead ringer for old-fashioned Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Since my experience has taught me that first impression is always the most accurate when tasting blind, I would have blurted out Châteauneuf-du-Pape… And been dead wrong! The seamless, medium-bodied texture of the wine was all claret, and it lead into a mineral strewn, lively, long finish. I have often heard the term “exotic” applied to the very warm and ripe 1989 vintage, and now I know why. This is a truly exotic Bordeaux, but without the excess baggage of alcohol, wood and clumsy thickness that one usually has to endure to get that exoticism. If you have occasion to drink a special bottle of claret, this is a great candidate!
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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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