2016 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299254 93 points James Suckling

 Currant, lead pencil and fresh rose-petal aromas follow through to a full body, round and nicely chewy tannins and a long finish. Balanced and polished. Drink in 2022.  (2/2019)

91 points Decanter

 This is an ambitious take on 2016, pushing the vintage but successfully so, going for a cerebral 2010 feel rather than the generosity of 2009. Classic liquorice and slate, tight cassis fruits and an extremely well paced delivery of fresh tight tannins lead into a gorgeous, lifted juicy fruit finish. From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. I like this a lot. (JA)  (4/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lanessan offers cassis and plums on the nose with a core of cedar, earth and herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate is firm, grainy and lively with good expression. (LPB)  (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Lifted aromatic nose. Polished tannins with some inner glow. Dry end. Very solid performance. *Good Value* 16+/20 points. (JR)  (4/2017)


 The 2016 Lanessan has come together nicely during aging. Tobacco, menthol, dried cherry, licorice and subtle earthy notes flesh out in this supple, expressive Haut-Médoc. The tannins could use a bit of time to soften, but the 2016 has a lot to offer. I won't be at all surprised if the 2016 blossoms into an even more complete wine. (AG)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neal Martin: "The 2016 Lanessan has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet with graphite tinged black fruit—fine delineation with impressive focus, even if it is not the most complex Haut-Medoc that I encountered in this vintage out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, well-judged acidity, plenty of black fruit with a harmonous, engaging and slightly tarry finish. This is a great Lanessan that should give 20 years of pleasure. This comes highly recommended and I expect it will land at the top of my banded score once in bottle." (Wine Advocate, 4/2017)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2017 | Send Email
2016 is a blend of 60% Cab, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cab Franc. If you have bought older Lanessans from the late '90s from us, it's a whole new world here now. Talented winemaker Paz Espejo has lowered yields, stiffened up the selection of fruit and tossed the old wood. The wine is now loaded with deep, dark, sweet fruit! But the soil is the same so it retains its powerful finish. A lot of wine here for $14.99 and will age well. 1 star.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
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No store in the USA sells more lanessan than K&L. This 2016 was tasted three times by our staff in early April. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% delightful. So aromatic like many of the 16s-tons of fruit covers the abundant tannin (ala 2009 but this one is much better). Paz Espejo has found her niche at Lanessan and this is the best she has made there. Tons of red fruit flavors linger on the palate. Lovely, smooth, tastes great now.
Drink from 2019 to 2031

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
The arrival of director Paz Espejo in 2009 represented a radical change for Chateau Lanessan. The retirement of Hubert Bouteiller ended eight generations of direct management of the property by the Bouteiller family, who have owned the chateau since the 18th century. Updates to the packaging and labeling of the bottles, as well as technical changes in the vineyard and cellars have brought a cleaner, more modern look, feel, and flavor to the wines. The 2016 vintage does not lack for fruit – there is ample ripeness here – but there is also a more savory, cigar box element that is reminiscent of the many older vintages our customers have enjoyed over the years. This wine will no doubt please all fans of Chateau Lanessan – both old and new.

By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2017 | Send Email
Lanessan is a perennial super-star at K&L, and the 2016 vintage is no exception. For me Lanessan always achieves a harmonious balance of fruit and savor. Aromas of cedar, spice and antique wood lie beneath a lovely core of pure dark fruit. Freshness and balance on the back end make this another great effort from one of our favorite Chateaux.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/18/2017 | Send Email
Tasted from barrel the first week of April. This is big and rich with a wonderful dry finish that accents the firm tannins. This is an affordable Old School Bordeaux that packs a punch and over delivers.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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