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Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2020

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750ml /
Vintage: 2020
  • VIN 92
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The Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2020 was crafted by winemaker Sophie Lurton, who is renowned for her exceptional wine-making skills and delicate approach. It is grown in the renowned vineyards of France’s Left Bank and based on an extensive blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is derived from lush vines in the Garonne valley, planted in 30-year-old gravel beds in a 30-hectare (79-acre) vineyard. The fruit is harvested at optimal ripeness and then sorted through optical screening equipment before fermentation. Winemaking techniques such as pumping over, rack and return are used depending on the needs of the vintage and fruit.

The result is a complex, layered wine that offers a captivating nose and a medium bodied palate with soft tannins and a long finish. Notes of black cherry, plum, gravel, incense, tobacco, scorched earth and licorice mingle to create a flavor profile that is truly unique. The Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2020 is an exceptional example of what can be achieved when talent and nature come together. Derived from one of the most prestigious growing regions in the world, it is sure to delight those looking for a perfectly balanced, full-bodied Haut-Medoc.

76 reviews for Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2020

  1. Oliver Hunt

    Elegant and fresh on the nose, with power and poise on the palate. Shows Medoc power, but Senejac is more nuanced. Agree with Jane Anson’s rating of 89-91+.

  2. Curtis Rhodes

    Aromas of red fruits, espresso, and tobacco lead to a cassis layer with smooth tannins. Made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.

  3. Leif Perretta

    Smoky, dark red fruits, tobacco and black currants on the nose and you also find the same on the medium-full/bodied palate as it hits the right notes. The wine is bright, crisp and fruity, with loads of juicy currants in the finish. The wine was made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. 91-93 Pts

  4. Isabella Clark

    Fresh and sap driven, one of the best Lanessans from barrel in a while. Buy it! 92-94+

  5. James Boone

    Tight nose with faint leather. Palate is crisp, acidic, and offers unripe cherries, green, pencil lead, salinity, and olive. A great example of a lean Bordeaux. Approachable in youth with a $20 price tag. Impressed and will buy more.

  6. Andrea Hamilton

    Solid QPR. Great old school BDX. Aromatic and approachable now with fine tannins and moderate length finish. Plush fruit with structure for aging.

  7. Margaret Horton

    2016 Left Bank Bordeaux lacks substance and power, with unbalanced alcohol and fruit flavors.

  8. Michael Wilkinson

    Fruit-forward with high extraction, ending with an astringent finish. Lacks substance and verve. 87-88.

  9. Phyllis Rossignol

    Bordeaux Masterclass at Prince Sydney offers plummy, spicy and juicy acid with drying tannins and slight alcohol warmth.

  10. Christina Colwell

    “Underwhelming 2016 Bordeaux lacks substance and oomph. Hoping for improvement with age. 2015 vintage may be better.”

  11. Jerry Beauregard

    Dense and shutting down.

  12. Cassandra Nichols

    Dark and full-bodied with a nose of wet earth, forest leaf, cocoa, dark red fruits, and tobacco. Sweet and fresh, with potential for aging. 90-92 Pts.

  13. Grant Dickinson

    Medium to heavy bodied, semi-sweet with pleasant finish. Notes of vanilla and berries with good tannins. Perfect for red meat and heavy dishes.

  14. Latoya Blanton

    Smooth, structured and full of breed, the Bordeaux 2019 from barrel exudes blueberry and savory plum notes. Tannic finish, 91-93+. Needs aging.

  15. Charles Rockhill

    Decent value for money. Not as modern as expected, but not as good as the 2014.

  16. Susan Bennett

    Simple and pleasing, lacks complexity.

  17. John Burns

    Diam-sealed. Shy nose with blackberries, cassis and some old oak. Light to medium bodied, fresh, slightly spiky tannins, and tart fruit. Improved on day 3 with smoke, tobacco and red fruits. Traditional wine. 89+ points. Best after a few more years.

  18. Pierre Grant

    Fresh redberry fruit with notes of licorice and leather. Medium-bodied with a good mouthfeel of blackberries and barrel spice. Short-term aging potential.

  19. Pat Maroon

    Complex nose with smoke, meat and spice notes. Ripe red fruits and chewy tannins. Age for 5-7 years for a better taste.

  20. Betty Walker

    The wine holds up well with a fresh bouquet and a neat finish. It has a classy St. Julien vibe and is comparable to Ch. Lagrange. Bought a case to compare the two wines over time.

  21. Kristi Dominguez

    Airoldi’s Bordeaux En Primeur 2020 at Quay Restaurant, Sydney has juicy acid and silky textured tannins. Aromas of plums, blackcurrant, and slight cassis with cedar. Nice.

  22. Doris Delaurentis

    Review: Muted fruit and heavy tannin structure. Needs more time to open. Day 1: 87pts. Day 2: 89pts with elegant cherry, raspberry and oak flavors.

  23. Audry Halcomb

    Aromas of toasty oak, black fruit, camphor and espresso. Palate is round, supple and structured with sweet, ripe, fleshy fruits and cocoa finish. Aging potential. 90-92.

  24. Kathleen Pritchard

    Cool, terroir-driven nose with stony, distant, and dark fruit notes, along with a hint of white pepper. Delicate fruit on the palate with well-woven tannins, everything in good harmony. A lively and open-hearted representative of this appellation. Harmonious.

  25. Rita Santiago

    Jesper Hedegaard’s tasting: Excellent.

  26. Margaret Poteet

    Classic with good structure, restrained with grippy tannins. Promising, needs time. 89-91.

  27. Paul Raborn

    Black fruit, minimal tannins, dry finish, loam notes, and a surprise from Lanessan.

  28. Belinda Ortiz

    This wine has a modern twist but still has classic tobacco and sous bois flavors with polished tannins. Great to drink now and will age well.

  29. Thomas Brown

    Balanced, polished and smooth. Juicy and rich. #GrandeCercle.

  30. Ruth Guillory

    Balanced with notes of bacon fat, red plums, and blackberries. Palate is choppy with a finish of dry fruit and minerality. Needs aging for bolder country characteristics.

  31. Jenniffer Vanalstyne

    Smooth and drinkable with a nice finish, impressive for a 3-year-old wine.

  32. Carolyn Crawford

    Review: “2018 Bordeaux release in Vancouver, pleasant Haut Medoc with tannins, minerals and warm cassis notes. Approachable with Steak & Frites.”

  33. Sarah Angelilli

    This wine has an inviting nose, mid plus weight with good balance; it’s supple with subtle structure. The palate has black cherry, bitter chocolate, violets, and wet tobacco. The wine finishes with fine ripe tannins. It’s well proportioned, an excellent bargain, and will drink well for some time. 89.

  34. Sean Amos

    Approachable now, but may close up for a few years. Exhibits tart raspberry and black currant notes. Great balance and focus for a 3-year-old. Leave other bottles for at least 5 years.

  35. Russell Dent

    Château Lanessan’s 2018 blend flaunts aromas of black currants, dark cherries, dried herbs, allspice and espresso. It is a medium-bodied, freshly acidic red with well-integrated alcohol. Its tannins are still a bit grippy and pervasive throughout the finish. Drink 2025-2035.

  36. Alphonso Barker

    Dry oak tannins and dark fruit notes, with a hint of spice and toast. Bitter finish, potentially a style change. Not a favorite Lanessan.

  37. Pamela Lindsay

    Fruit forward and jammy without air. Subtle nose, some spice and black fruit. Not interesting, but will improve with air.

  38. Amanda Taylor

    Lanessan did really well this vintage. Young and tight. Needs an extended decant. On PnP it was shut down but opened up after 1-2 hours of decanting. Not much on the nose. On the palate there is pomegranate, sour cherry, forest floor.

  39. Paul Caudill

    Good. Well balanced. Really good day1

  40. Arthur Spicer

    Medium ruby color with typical black fruit and oak aromas. Dry and full-bodied with brash tannins. Fruit-forward palate with a tannic edge. Medium finish and balance.

  41. Donald Oneal

    Medium-bodied with notes of red cherries, blackberry, bramble, bay leaf, cedar, and coffee. Medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannins, and high alcohol (14%). Easy drinking, but feels lacking and little weak. Preferred over J.

  42. Tawanna Mclellan

    From mag… tannic and drying at this stage. Very forward notes of wood that does not leave much of the fruit to come through. Not really good to drink at this point.

  43. Jamie Clem

    91 points, vvWine.ch. Bright ruby. Nose of raspberries, cassis, and dried herbs with hints of violets and licorice. Tight at first, but opens up to reveal a crisp fruitiness, fine tannins, and lively acidity. A balance between power and elegance with a peppery finish. Needs aging. 2025-2038.

  44. Kevin Cano

    Black fruit, subtle mint, umami notes. Reasonable for a young Bdx. No-brainer buy for the price.

  45. Joyce Mcdaniel

    After decanting for four hours, this wine gained focus and a tannic core that balanced the black and red fruit. The oak and fruit are in balance, and it should evolve well. A smaller wine elevated by a rising vintage.

  46. Raul Harrison

    Ripe and sweet with a touch of smoke and spice, this wine offers staying power that lasts until the finish. Ageable from 2024-2037.

  47. Jeanette Oconnor

    Left Bank wine with 14 or lower abv; pure taste with berries, pepper garden, and root vegetable elements. Tightly wound, great for cellaring. 89-91 score. Better than Siran and Phélan Ségur, great value at $20ish.

  48. Edward Pannell

    Decanting for an hour didn’t improve this wine – it’s just average.

  49. Chelsea Ortiz

    Deep ruby color with pronounced red fruit and blossom aromas accompanied by notes of vanilla, biscuit, and butter. Dry with high acidity and tannins, showcasing red fruit and vanilla flavors that linger in a long finish.

  50. Marylyn Brennan

    Classic style with underbrush, tobacco leaf, and peppery spice. Red currants and crisp red plums create a medium-bodied, chewy and bright wine with a sweet finish. Drink from 2024-2040. 88-90.

  51. Raymond Savage

    Garnet with red fruit aroma, subtle spices. Medium strength, mild tannins. Good.

  52. Joe Stone

    Complex and lively with a beautiful nose. Dark fruit, herbs, and fine tannins make for a fresh, structured palate. Enjoyable with a medium-length finish.

  53. Seth Marshall

    After 8 months, bottle #3 is similar to Autumn tastings but with more insistent tannins that suggest a close down. Let it rest for 5 more years for a better quality reward.

  54. Ann Roseberry

    Powerful, tannic, acidic, black fruit. Full-bodied mouthfeel with a beautiful long finish.

  55. Elmer Dell

    Dark garnet with a sweet nose of dark fruits, but the taste is slightly thin.

  56. Lourdes Thompson

    Great QPR, but requires more time in bottle or a 24-hr decant. Garrigue and leather nose, tart blue fruits, dark cocoa, coffee, olive, sage, and a drying finish from the merlot. Best to wait for a couple of years.

  57. Paula Reed

    Overdone with heavy oak and modern style. Needs aging for 5-7 years and balanced presentation preferred in Fourcas Dupré.

  58. William Cavazos

    So….first wine from the 2019 Bordeaux release in Vancouver:, On nose: mesquite charcoal smoke, tart raspberry and a ghost of cassis., On palate: all above flavour notes follow through, as well as fresh sage, unsmoked cigar tobacco, Damson plum, on a firm , tannic medium body , with a present bass note of new oak., Slightly more austere than the 2018, sampled last year., Will benefit from at least 5 more years in cellar.

  59. Ray Davis

    Dark red, tight nose initially but opens up after 3 hours decanting with flavors of black cherry, green pepper, and forest floor. Dry spicy cassis and black cherry flavors with a tannic finish. Aging potential of at least a decade.

  60. Ruth Macfarlane

    Loud fruit and berry notes with varietal markers, but too much oak obscures terroir. Pleasant attack but heavy extraction results in excessively gritty middle, back, and finish. Good sense of place but in overdone international style. Time will smooth edges. 89-90.

  61. John Champagne

    Clean and clear aroma of redcurrant, cranberry, and plum with hints of vanilla and licorice. Good acidity and tannic structure make it suitable for drinking even when young.

  62. Reggie Sorrell

    Cabernet Sauvignon heavy on nose and palate, slightly over-extracted with excessive grit at the back. Oak obscures terroir, alcohol can be edgy. Possible improvement with aging. 89-90.

  63. Jennifer Finch

    Bold and herbaceous, with a hint of oak. This full-bodied Haut Medoc pairs perfectly with beef. Scored a 16 on the UC Davis scale and a 90 on other scales.

  64. Brian Lott

    Disappointing. Over-oaked, over-extracted, and too much bitterness on the finish. Not worth repurchasing.

  65. Christopher Mendoza

    Fresh and fruity wine with sweet, ripe currants and a touch of peppery spice. Enjoy within 2 years or after 15+ years. Drink from 2024-2040.

  66. Jane Lott

    Haut Medoc on sale: 2018 Château Lanessan. Viscous, herbaceous red fruit nose. Mid+ acids, tannins & hot berry finish. BBQ, burger wine. 89-90 other scales.

  67. Peter Elam

    Average daily wine, forgettable and unimpressive.

  68. Herminia Williams

    Review: Ripe blackberries, sweet flowers, hints of crushed stone and a bit of meatiness. Mildly tart blackberries, milk chocolate; muscular tannins and great acidity. Needs a couple of years to improve and pick up complexity.

  69. Juan Bryant

    Aged for hours, the blackberry and cassis flavors of this bottle are nicely balanced with good acidity and tannins. Great value, could improve with aging.

  70. Charisse Quivers

    Boring, may improve with age, slightly alcoholic. Decent for lunch.

  71. Tiffany Salerno

    88 points for Château la Dauphine’s “En Primeur” 2023 vintage. Subtle aroma of black currant and peppery spices. Structured palate with high tannins that slightly dry out the fruit. Medium-length finish with a dark fruit aftertaste.

  72. Christopher Landor

    Intensely dry and balanced Cabernet with notes of cassis, plum, and cedar. A wine that even former Cabernet skeptics will love.

  73. Jessie Fielder

    Blackberries, currants, tobacco leaf, underbrush, and fennel on the nose let you know the wine is going to be good. And with the first sip, you are not disappointed due to all the currants, roundness, and ripe, sweet, blackberries with freshness on display. Drink from 2026-2047. 91-93 Pts.

  74. Wendy Sullivan

    Disappointing. Dull nose, dry flavors, acidic finish. What went wrong?

  75. Rose Kinney

    Medium red with thyme, cassis, old wood, dusty floors and tobacco aroma. Dry mid weight earthy cassis flavours with a dry cedar finish. Very good.

  76. VIN

    The 2020 Lanessan is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Dark, virile and imposing, Lanessan offers up a mix of black cherry, plum, gravel, incense, tobacco, scorched earth and licorice. Firm tannins wrap it all together in style. This is a terrific showing.

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Critical Acclaim

VIN 92
The 2020 Lanessan is just as compelling from bottle as it was from barrel. Dark, virile and imposing, Lanessan offers up a mix of black cherry, plum, gravel, incense, tobacco, scorched earth and licorice. Firm tannins wrap it all together in style. This is a terrific showing.

What does Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc 2020 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

pear, peach, stone fruit

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

tomato, grass, asparagus

raisin, fig, prune


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, dried flowers

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