2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc SKU #1055233

Price: $19.99

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K&L Notes

When K&L's Bordeaux buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. tasted the 2003 in early April 2010 he immediately recognized it for the great value it is. He wrote: "Spicy nose and flavors. Very ripe and fine tannins. Lively and sweet. Ready early. The combination of rustic property and hot vintage makes this a superb value."

Staff Reviews

  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    When young, the wines of Lanessan are typically a deep, intense ruby color, with an elegant nose and fruity, floral aromas. On the palate, the structure is complex and dense, melting away harmoniously to a good, long finish. When they are older, the wines take on a terracotta tint and the nose becomes increasingly complex, with plum, then undergrowth aromas. The flavors are smooth, warm and perfectly harmonious, ending with silk tannins. The 2003 is that warm, round style.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This lovely claret has none of the excesses that some of the 2003 vintage wines have, but instead shows great freshness and minerality. Old school Bordeaux fans love Chateau Lanessan for its earthiness and restraint, and this bottle comes through with both. If you are looking for something ready to drink that is under $20, look no further! I can't wait to sear off a juicy top sirloin and drink one of these wonderful bottles of claret!
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2003 vintage was an incredibly warm vintage that resulted in certain grapes becoming a bit too ripe and, as a result, producing rather fat style wines. This Lanessan is not that, and if one discription has to be used, it is power. Deeply colored, this Gem shows a ripe, rich, focused cassis to current fruit note with mocha undertones on the nose, that leads to a broad, viscous, complex, almost creamy mouthfeel. It is long and luscious, and will be our house red, according to Rusty for the next three to six years. 13.0% ABV
    Drink from 2013 to 2020
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    I have long been a fan of the wines of Chateau Lanessan. As a Cru Bourgeois they are always attractively priced, even while the chateau occupies an advantageous position immediately south of Chateau Beychevelle, just outside the St. Julien appellation in the commune of Cussac-Fort Medoc. I have enjoyed the 1996, the 1999, and even the 2000 vintage but had never before tasted the 2003. I was a bit nervous considering the extreme heat of the vintage that the wine would be too soft or overripe but nothing could be further from the truth. The wine shows perhaps a bit more fruit than in other years, but there is ample structure to support it. The estate produced a remarkably balanced wine with very reasonable 13% alcohol. Ripe red fruits – red currant and plum – and a hint of pepper. Delicious, and ready to drink now. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    You really do not have to look further than the label to understand this wine. It is old school from a very warm vintage. Ripe fruit back by rather big tannins that are starting to knit themselves into the wine, dark earthy tones and spice. For under $20 you will be hard pressed to find another Bordeaux with its power, complexity and accessibility.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    This affordable gem is from the warm and approachable 2003 Bordeaux and is already delicious. Sweet, lively and round with no hard edges, this is great with hearty foods or more sophisticated fare. From the much hyped "California" vintage in Bordeaux.


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