1985 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1172339 Wine Spectator

 Deeply colored and flavored, fuller than most Haut Medocs. Spice, anise, tar, black-currant and plum flavors lend it complexity and character. Full tannins are balanced by fruit, promising good development in the bottle after 2-3 years.  (4/1988)

K&L Notes

Michael Broadbent awarded the 1985 vintage five stars in his book, Vintage Wine, saying: "It seems to encapsulate all that is good about Bordeaux, the wine, not the city: its weight, its balance, its character. It is certainly my favourite vintage of this splendid decade typifying claret at its best." Located in the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, K&L shoppers will immediately recognize Lanessan as one of our favorite properties for exceptional, aged Bordeaux bargains. While this is more expensive than our usual offerings from the estate, it's well worth the additional expense coming from this extraordinary Bordeaux vintage. K&L's co-owner and Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. says: "The 1985 is lighter in style than the 1989 or 1990, with a core of delicious mid-palate fruit. Best to serve with chicken or veal. This comes directly from the property."

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