The Lanessan estate has an amazing history, having been owned by only 2 different families for the last 700 years! By the time of the 1855 Classification, Lanessan had already been making wine for more than 500 years. They had seen many Classifications come and go and so when the Selection Committee came asking for samples in 1855, the owners of Lanessan refused because they said this new Classification was just "Bureaucratic nonsense". To Lanessan's great misfortune, this was the Classification that "stuck" and so to this day Lanessan remains outside the Grand Crus Clessés system. That's good news for the consumer, however, as the wines have remained reasonably priced.
The estate sits across the street from 2nd Growth, Gruaud Larose and is produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.
2003 was the warmest vintage on record in Bordeaux and the wine shows the supple, warm fruit of that extraordinary year.
One of our favorites and a steal of a price for an aged Left Bank Bordeaux