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1996 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1026860 Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very beautiful glowing dark ruby. Intriguing, fully developed nose with strong mineral notes. Grainy, chewy, almost as though there is a mild hint of TCA but this is serious wine. A bit dusty. Still lots of tannin and some alcohol in evidence. 16/20 Inner quote mark (9/2006)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A sleeper of the vintage, Lanessan's 1996 boasts an impressively saturated dark ruby/purple color, and knock-out aromatics of melted chocolate, asphalt, and cassis. Deep, rich, and medium-bodied, with excellent concentration and purity, this impressively-endowed, flavorful, well-structured wine should be at its finest between 2004-2016. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1999)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A pretty nose of currants and blackberries. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and plenty of fruit, but a slightly short finish. A very good wine from Lanessan. (JS) Inner quote mark (1/1999)

K&L Notes

Lanessan has produced some of our favorite value-priced older Bordeaux. Old school in style, austere on release, this is now revealing wonderful minerality, cocoa, and cassis.


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By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2013 | Send Email
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Deeply colored, this is an amazingly rich, lush wine from this estate. Ripe, plumy, broad, powerful flavors are still youthful and vibrant, its silky, integrated tannins allows drinkability at this stage. It is long and delicious, and will evolve for another five to ten years. I have been informed by Rusty that we need to set some cases of the Gem aside in our cellar to be one of our house reds in the not to distant future.13.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2020

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2011 | Send Email
The nose was a heady mix of cedar, burnt wood and liqueur. The palate is cassis, dried cranberry and beef bouillon. The finish has some sherry like flavors with some tartness. I really liked this wine.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2009 | Send Email
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Thirteen years old and under $25. That's less than $2 a year. Old school wine with tons of Cabernet fruit showing through. Great food wine-say Osso Bucco! Very beautiful glowing dark ruby. Intriguing, fully developed nose with strong mineral notes... this is serious wine! Fabulous value! Old school. It reminds me of the good ol’ days in Bordeaux when wines were judged on fruit and texture, not on how much new oak was showing. On 7/5/11: From a powerhouse vintage. The cassis really shines through here. Some chocolate nuances. Parker calls it a sleeper of the vintage
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2014

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2008 | Send Email
The 1996 vintage in Bordeaux was an excellent one for cabernet sauvignon. Since about 75% of the property at Château Lanessan is planted to that varietal, the vintage played to its strengths. I tasted this wine a couple of years ago and it was completely closed and unyieldingly tannic. I recently had the opportunity to taste the wine again, and I was surprised by how much it had evolved. The nose showed floral, almost candied notes, like a violet pastille. Ripe red fruits - red currant and sour cherry. Tannins still firm. The wine is still a bit young, even now, but represents an excellent short-term cellar proposition.

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