2000 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1056224 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A delicious, complex effort, the fully mature 2000 Lanessan offers notes of cedarwood, plums, loamy soil, and damp earth, medium to full body, plenty of spice, and a classic Bordeaux personality. It should drink well for another 7-10 years.  (6/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Perfumed red, with floral, currant and dark chocolate aromas. Medium-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Delicate red. Best after 2004.  (3/2003)

K&L Notes

Rich and powerful value wine. Cellar until 2016.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2011 | Send Email
The 2000 Lanessan is a rich and full flavored wine with plenty of punch for cellaring five years. Perfect for serving with a big steak.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2011 | Send Email
A perennial staff favorite. Other vintages of Lanessan have not lasted long, so grab this quickly. Earth and mushroom with plenty of dark heady fruit on the nose and the palate, along with leather and spice. There’s plenty of structure and acidity left in this wine, so another five years in the cellar is no problem. I hope it isn’t gone by the time you read this.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2010 | Send Email
I have tasted several other vintages from Chateau Lanessan and was looking forward to tasting the 2000, a very celebrated vintage. This may be one of the best wines produced at the Chateau in the past 20 years. The wine is deeply colored with ripe, dark fruit. However, the tannins remain quite firm and the wine is clearly still very much in its youth. I decanted the bottle I opened and tried it again over two sucessive nights but the wine refused to reveal any more of its secrets. A wine with much potential but clearly requiring some patience. My verdict? A great cellar candidate from a superb vintage at an excellent price.

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