Lanessan 2020

Haut Medoc, Cru bourgeois

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The 2020 Lanessan is impressive, to say the least. Dark, layered and mysterious, the 2020 packs serious punch, the blackberry jam, incense, scorched earth and leather all melding together. I especially admire the wine's depth and textural intensity. Beautifully done.

Score: 90 - 92

Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2026-2040 01 June 2021

The 2020 Lanessan presents a very perfumed nose of dark cherries, cassis, cedar and background tobacco aromas, turning quite minty with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a crisp line of acidity, plenty of tightly wound black fruit and a saline finish. This is a classy Lanessan, quite complex and intense yet refined.

Score: 90 - 92

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2027 - 2045 27 May 2021

Undated cask sample. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Machine-harvested and aged in concrete. Purple. Nicely balanced Médoc fruit in a dry wine with marked tannin. Straightforward club claret for a typical old-fashioned gentleman's club – or would the gentlemen find it too ripe?

Score: 15+

Jancis Robinson MW, 08 May 2021

Very beautiful, fine-tannined red with blackberry and blueberry character. Lovely chocolate and hazelnut undertones. Fine tannins. Fresh finish.

Score: 92 - 93

James Suckling, 03 May 2021

Readers looking for a great buy in the vintage should check out the 2020 Château Lanessan, which offers ample dark (almost blue) fruits, cassis, and spring flower notes to go with a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, balanced beauty that has enough tannins and structure to warrant 2-4 years of bottle age.

Score: 90 - 92

Jeb Dunnuck, 06 April 2021