• Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
    Merlot and Petit Verdot

    32 hectares (79 acres) of 30-year-old vines
    growing in deep Garonne gravel beds.

    Mechanically harvested when the fruit is optimally ripe.

    It is sorted with optical screening equipment.

  • Fermented in coated concrete tanks equipped
    with temperature control. The winemaking techniques,
    pumping over, rack and return are used according
    to the needs of the vintage and the fruit.

    Multilayered, elegant nose.

    Lovely structure on the palate with fleshy
    tannins and a long finish.

Château Lanessan

“ Harmonious,
elegant, rich ”

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Vintages Awards, tasting notes


  • Light crimson. Very brisk, glossy fruit. Could be quite a charmer in the short term. Good value.

    16,5 / 20. Drink 2019-2026
    Jancis Robinson

  • Dark and glossy hue and a smoke nose. The texture on the palate is very convincing, very broad, with finely polished cherry and blackcurrant fruit, a fine grip, a beautifully ripe tannic structure and precise frame. This is really promising, showing a classic style combined with confidence

  • and plentiful fruit.

    16-17 / 20
    Chris Kissack /

  • 90-92 / 100. Drink 2019-2032
    Neal Martin

  • Blackberry and black licorice aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Impressive concentration for the vintage.

    92-93 / 100
    James Suckling


  • Dense, elegant with plenty of tannin, made for keeping. A fine accomplishment and a worthy addition to the recent series of great wines from this estate.

    16 / 20
    Bernard Burtschy - Le Figaro

  • Spice, supple and fresh on the palate, elongated and substantially fruity. Nicely extracted. Classy with tannins of lovely quality.

    15,5 / 20
    Jacques Dupont - Le Point

  • Very attractive pure, dainty fruit. Balanced and classical. For laying down.

    15,5 / 20
    Terre de Vins magazine


  • One of the stars of the vintage. Expressive and long, lovely fruit and well-integrated wood contribution. Classic, well-balanced wine.

    Olivier Poels -RVF
    june 2014

  • Complexe and elegant, with refined soft tannins.

    Bettane et Desseauve, La Sélection
    Terre de Vins - june 2014

  • Dark fruit flavours and spicies. Strong and fleshy; good aging potential.

    Jacques Dupont
    Magazine Le Point - may 2014


  • Dark purple red with violet hue and black center. Clean and juicy fruit with hints of mild spices, minerality in the background. On the palate well balanced with medium weight and length.

    Markus Del Monego - april 2013

  • Dense colour, broad fruit in the robust style.
    Needs to finesse out. Drink 2015-2022.

    15.5-85 - Steven Spurrier
    Decanter - april 2013

  • Black fruits, Bigarreau cherry, ample, wid and supple on the palate, smooth, flavoursome, rich, long, quality tannins and silky. Keep until 2016 to 2020.

    15.5 - Jacques Dupont
    Le Point - may 2013


  • Cleverly made with tannins that are much finer than average, attractive fruit and complexity worthy of a Cru Classé. The wine shows clearly how this estate has been turned round.

    Bettane et Desseauve - April 2012

  • All the basic hard work has paid off in 2011 with this elegant wine, its lovely concentration and fine tannins. It’s a great accomplishment. Clearly at Cru Classé level.

    Le - Bernard Burtschy
    May 2012


  • Soft and silky, with lovely fruit and a long and caressing texture. Excellent core of fruit. Solid for the vintage. An excellent Lanessan.

    James Suckling - march 2011

  • Quite firm, smoky cassis fruit, fine middle
    depth and elegant structure. Drink 2014-20.

    Decanter - april 2011

  • Beautifully balanced wine from the bouquet to the very end of the aftertaste. No heroic quest in terms of size, just a discerning, natural, faithful expression of a fine terroir whose top quality is reawakening.

    Michel Bettane
    Le Monde mag. - may 2011

  • The headline of the vintage.

    Bernard Burtschy - may 2011


  • Generally a St.-Julien/Pauillac-like offering, the 2009 Lanessan seems more explosive and concentrated than prior vintages. I'm not sure it is the finest I have ever tasted, but it boasts a dense purple color as well

  • as copious creme de cassis, cedar wood, underbrush, and spice notes. Beautiful opulence, silky tannins, and a long finish suggest this sleeper of the vintage will drink well for 2-3 decades. (Tasted once).

    90-92 - Robert Parker
    Wine Advocate - April 2010

  • It has been a long time since wine was the reserved tipple of beret-wearing, baguette-touting French machos. If you had any doubt about this, one of the most brilliant successes of the vintage, Château Lanessan, was made by a woman, the talented Spanish oenologist Paz Espejo.

  • Complex bouquet of black cherry, blackcurrant, gingerbread, sandalwood and liquorice stick. Dense and smooth on the palate, magnificently tasty and very fresh. Very attractive fresh, blended tannins.

  • Paz Espejo, who took over the management of the Bouteiller family estates a few months ago, has modernised and brought new life into this wine with her first vintage. Well done!

    16.5-17/20 - L'Express - June/July 2010

  • The excellent Lanessan 09, sports a tightly-wound nose that is well-defined with blackberry, plum and cedar, earthy notes coming through with time. This demonstrated much more sense of terroir than other Medoc 2009s.

  • The palate is full-bodied with good fruit concentration, fine balance with a rounded supple blackberry and cedar finish that retains médocian “typicité”. This is a great Lanessan that should drink well over 10-15 years.

    Neal Martin - - March 2010

  • Good smoky and cassis nose that show
    its proximity to Saint-Julien. Good balance,
    length and class. Drink 2014-2020 (16 points +). - March 2010


  • The 2005 has a woody bouquet that is still closed. The attack is supple and fresh, followed by a certain fruit with body made by the tannins which still need to blend in. Wait for 4 to 5 years.

    Hachette 2009 Guide


  • The sheer length of family tradition since 1793 has built up true expertise in growing wine on Garonne gravel soils. This 2004 is a fine example with its garnet robe and its bouquet that unfolds gently to reveal cooked fruit aromas with spicy hints.

  • Smooth and round on the palate, this wine is recognisably a Haut-Médoc with its nicely extracted, ripe tannins. It all knits well into a harmonious wine that will be at its best in 3 or 4 years’ time.

    Hachette 2008 Guide

  • Nice density of colour. Firm and vigorous on the palate, with attractive balance and lively tannins from the superb Cabernet. Made for the long term, like the outstanding 1989.

    Franck Dubourdieu


  • Quite intense garnet robe. The bouquet opens when aired, displaying hints of ripe fruit and wood. Big and quite substantial on the palate. Smooth and well balanced overall.

    Guide Gilbert et Gaillard 2008

  • Firm, no-nonsense, good length: this promising sample bodes well for a clearly better-made wine than the previous vintages.

    Bettane et Dessauve 2004

  • Very intense ruby colour, Saint-Julien style with a floral, fruity bouquet, hints of blackcurrant and cigar, subtle and elegant with good length.

    2008-18 - Bettane et Dessauve 2004


  • Château Lanessan is definitely a climber in our 2005 classification. This fine Haut-Médoc 2002, is powerful and very tasty and fills the mouth. With its deep colour, its generous body and subtle, spicy bouquet, it is truly a well-made wine.

    Patrick Dussert Gerber - April


  • Its intense red robe with garnet tints is as expressive as its bouquet with subtle hints of rose water, slightly jammy fruit and cinnamon. Its subtle, tasty tannins give it promising ageing potential.

    Decanter Magazine - Best Wines of the Year


  • This under-estimated Medoc property regularly produces wines on a par with 5th classed growth quality. Generous with its deep crimson ruby robe and classical bouquet of cedar, spice box, blackcurrant and plum, it displays soft tannins, medium body, amazing

  • concentration and a long finish that unfolds in layers with light to moderate tannins. Ready until 2015.

    Robert Parker
    Guide Parker des Vins de France


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