2015 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1360999 93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Impressive ripe blackberry and darker plum fruits with notes of earth and warm stones. The palate has a supple, even-paced and fresh fruited heart of red cherry and plum fruits. Smooth tannins flow long. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

90 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark Lanessan 2015 is medium to deep garnet in color. It has fragrant notes of crushed blackberries, Morello cherries, and cassis plus hints of underbrush and dried Provencal herbs. Medium-bodied, the palate has a firm, grainy texture and great freshness to offset the bright red and black fruits, finishing with a skip in its step. Inner quote mark (11/2022)


Outer quote mark Bright and lively, this has a zing to it, the fruit appearing a touch high toned at the beginning, the acidity making the edges appear rather than being more round plush but it's direct and focussed in a calm sense. Definitely on the blue fruit cooler side of the spectrum and this has excellent acidity and overall control. I like the styling, it's graceful and in a great drinking period. Not a showstopper but for classic Claret with age and lots of life this is great. (GH) Inner quote mark (8/2022)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Softer and more open-knit than the 2014, the 2015 Lanessan unfurls with aromas of sweet berries, forest floor and pipe tobacco, followed by a medium-bodied, ample palate framed by melting tannins. A charmer, it will be at its best in the comparatively near term. (WK) Inner quote mark (10/2022)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Lanessan has quite a punchy, fruit-driven bouquet with well-integrated oak, a Lanessan with more sense of purpose than I have found in recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with fine blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine tannin, leading to a smooth and harmonious finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. You know, this is the best Lanessan for a long time, perchance because Mon. De Bouard is consulting?" (04/2016)

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By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2023 | Send Email
The first vintage that Hubert de Bouard (of Angélus fame) consulted on, this is a turning point for one of the more historical estates in all of Bordeaux. It doesn't hurt that it is also a great vintage in the region. This isn't too far off the old-school charmer that many have adored from the estate over the years, but perhaps with a bit more refinement and polish. A good amount of cassis, licorice, and cedar line the aromas, while the palate is full of crisp red fruit, fine tannin, and hints of leather. Make no mistake - this is still a reserved and classic style of claret that tastes like Old World Bordeaux all the way. At this stage it is certainly ready to drink, but still has more evolution to go before it hits maturity. Either way, the 2015 Lanessan is in a great place.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2018 | Send Email
This is sleek, powerful and filled with red fruit flavors-particularly cherries. This seems light on its feet for a 2015 due to the wonderful balance but don't be fooled as there is plenty of stuffing and tension buried in the mid-palate. Super value that will age well.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
If you had the “Old” Lanessan, this wine tastes nothing like that one. The nose is classic Bordeaux, dead leaf, graphite and hints of vanillin. On the palate the wine shows a lushness that its forbearer could only have dreamed of, full, supple and giving the wine is then framed by good tannic structure that shows just a slight bit of grip. Nice finish, balanced, complex and shows off the richness of the vintage.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
A perennial favorite at K&L, the Lanessan wines seem to get better every time I taste them. I've been a huge fan of previous vintages like 99, 01, and 07, but 2015 takes the cake. The strength of the vintage is part of the reason for this excessive praise, but infact the winemaking seems to be improved as well. Rather than have to wait for 10 or 15 years for Lanessan to strut, the 15 is a wonderful glass of wine right now and simply has the added bonus of assured improvement with age. It's sweetly fruited and savory at the same time, a beautiful combination for any Bordeaux. Be sure to decant it so the earthier tones can express themselves too!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Got to love Lanessan! While this Haut Medoc property has invested and made some notable improvements in the winery over the past 8 or so years, I think it's important to note that whether it's the earthier 99's or 01s, or perhaps the slightly funkier back vintages of the mid 90's and earlier, these wines are amongst some of our absolute favorite Bordeaux values and have been for years. There is a snappy, slightly brushy, red currant quality to the fruit in this 2015, in an elegant, fresh frame that brings to mind the type of Bordeaux I would love to be served by the glass at a neighborhood bistro. Delicious young, and as I noted earlier, this has a fine track record of improving in bottle for many years. A must have Bordeaux for your table and your cellar.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is definitely a Bordeaux I can get behind. This wine is fresh and clean and carries more acid and structure than I expected from the 2015 vintage. There is a deep juiciness to the fruit with a great balance of weight and lift. This is a phenomenal wine for this price.

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