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Best-Selling Aged Bordeaux Reload - Lanessan and Barde-Haut Back In Stock - 04/04/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Two of our best selling wines from Bordeaux and beyond are now back in stock. Both of these wines have found adoration with our clientele over the past few years and what we get never stays on our shelves for long. Lanessan is long known as one of the great values in classic Bordeaux and the 1999 speaks volumes to that. We've been out of stock for a few months now and we're thrilled to announce the return of this nearly 20 year-old gem. 2004 Barde-Haut has also been a constant best-seller for aged Bordeaux at K&L, with parcels going out as fast as we can bring them in. A real sleeper and a wine that has us going back to again and again, this is a not-to-be-missed sleeper from a top Right Bank estate.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc >60 $19.99 View
2004 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion 91 >48 $29.99 View

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1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc ($19.99)

When young the wines of Château 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 the appearance of plum and undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm, and perfectly harmonious, ending with silky tannins. This 18-year-old bottle is drinking perfectly now! According to Robert Parker, "This underrated Médoc consistently produces wines of fifth-growth quality."

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 18, 2017

The documented history of Lanessan dates back to 1310 when records show that Dame Paironne la Montagne, the widow of Henry de Lanessan, sold the estate to Sieur de Blaignan. In 1793 it was purchased by Jean Delbos, a Bordeaux négociant, and it has remained in the family ever since. In 1855, Louis Delbos, who was the manager at the time, refused to submit samples for consideration in what is now the most famous classification in wine history the decree from Emperor Napoleon himself that ranked the great wines of Bordeaux's Médoc into the five-tier growth system we still recognize today. While Delbos then regarded the procedure as "bureaucratic nonsense," Bordeaux author David Peppercorn called his disinterest "a piece of high-handedness that has cost Lanessan dearly." The 1855 Classification remains in place today. It has never been updated, despite a failed attempt to do so in 1960. Personal rankings from established Bordeaux critics are published from time to time, but they don't carry the weight of the original. Therefore, whenever enthusiasts peruse the one official ranking of top Bordeaux estates, Lanessan's name is nowhere to be found. So who is Lanessan, you ask? Why are they so important and why have we sold thousands upon thousands of bottles of their wine over the years? Lanessan is an old world Bordeaux producer that, due to a "high-handed" career decision, was kept out of the most important wine classification i

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 08, 2017

Perfectly aged and full of lifethat is the only way I can describe this wine. Cassis, groseille/grenadine, along with coffee and softer notes of sweet plums. It does show development in its tertiary notes of leather and the very much resolved tannins and acidity. Double duty heredrink it now or hold for five or so years.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 03, 2017

Drinking perfectly now! One of our favorite wines is back in house. For under $20 at this age, it doesn't get much better. Grab some while its still available. One of the sleepers of the vintage

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 23, 2010

This is the bottle of Bordeaux you should take home for dinner tonight! Perfectly aged, medium bodied with soft fruit that is accented with underbrush and tobacco and earth. The tannins are mature and round, the time is right for this bottle.

Staff ImageJason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 19, 2010

If you love classic Bordeaux at an affordable price, you need look no farther than Chateau Lannessan! Loads of dark plum on the nose with notes of cacao, tobacco leaf, and cedar. This wine has great texture and a ripe mid palate backed by solid acidity and fine tannins. It will certainly age for another few years, but is great now with an hour of decanting

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2010

This perfect-for-drinking 11 year old claret will be overlooked by far too many of our customers because of its very low price. Don't be one of those folks! This wine is good enough to be a very recommendable $40 Bordeaux, and is very complete wine. It is quite full bodied without loosing its elegance, and has fantastic, evolved, cassis Cabernet flavor to spare. It also has an intriguing, earthy tobacco note that I found quite appealing. I can't wait to serve it with my next "full English" meal of rare roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, mash potatoes and Brussels sprouts! I will have to remember to buy some extra for the years to come as well, this bottle has more than enough guts to last!

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 10, 2010

I have long been a fan of this over performing Haut-Médoc estate. Château Lanessan has as storied a history as many classified growths. The current owners, the Delbos-Bouteiller family, can date their ownership of the property back to 1793, and the property itself to 1310. The wines were not included in the Classification of 1855 since the owner at the time, Louis Delbos, neglected to send in samples to the committee. However, it was considered to be the equal of many fifth growths. The property lies just to the south of Château Beychevelle in the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, and has a very St. Julien-like character. This 1999 vintage is surprisingly ripe with firm tannins and impressive dark fruit. With some time in a decanter notes of black currants and cedar emerge on the nose. In the mouth, the fruit is rich and concentrated - blackberry compote and damson plum. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. For Bordeaux lovers this wine represents a tremendous value at less than $20. Drink now or enjoy over the next 3 to 5 years.

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2004 Barde-Haut, St-Emilion ($29.99)

91 points Wine Spectator: "A gorgeous nose of ripe raspberry, with hints of vanilla and blackberry. Intense yet subtle. Full-bodied, with lots of fruit, yet refined and layered with silky tannins. Long and caressing. Gets better and better. I like it more than the 2003 or the 2000. (JS)" (03/2007)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A dark ruby/purple hue is accompanied by sweet aromas of black cherries, crushed rocks, flowers, and subtle oak, moderate tannin, excellent ripeness, and a long finish. This charming, medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion offers plenty of punch and depth. If additional complexity emerges, it will merit an outstanding rating. It is a sleeper of the vintage. (RP)" (06/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Cherry liqueur and a whiff of pepper on the nose. Sweet, dense and broad, with medicinal cherry and licorice flavors enlivened by minerals and black pepper. Firm acids extend the juicy finish. (ST)" (05/2007)

Staff ImageJohn Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 15, 2017

This excellent Saint-Emilion Grand Cru estate is renowned for its wonderful clay and limestone terroir, superb viticultural practices and skilled winemaking expertise, all apparent in this bottle of beautifully mature and elegant wine. Exuberantly rich Merlot aromatics cavort in the glass, displaying an impressive, fleshy palate of deep cherry and blackberry fruit with vanilla nuances, followed by a measure of stony minerality and taut acidity on the long, lovely finish. I rarely quote Robert Parker, but he wrote this wine was a "sleeper of the vintage". Well, it's about time to wake a bottle up. Please suffer the indulgence and enjoy!

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 28, 2016

This is currently my favorite Bordeaux in the store. We rarely get aged Right Bank wines this good for this good of a price, but the 2004 Barde Haut is a great example of a merlot-based wine in its absolute prime. The fleshiness of the fruit is still apparent on the palate, but it's bolstered by potent flavors of mushroom and soy sauce; so much so that I can't imagine drinking this again with a giant portobello or a steak covered in sauteed mushrooms with a soy glaze. It's rich and layered through the mid-palate with soft tannins and plenty of body, and the finish is complex with accents of earth and dark plum. This is simply an outstanding bottled of mature St. Emilion and it's something I'd like to see more of around here. We bought these directly from Helene Garcin at the Barde Haut estate this past April. I hope there's more.