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#1 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 13th, 2020, 5:33 pm

An inexpensive Cru. Twenty years old. Perfectly stored. Firing on all four cylinders. This ain’t an eight cylinder beast, never meant to be more than it is. But it delivers With aplomb.

Cigar box, leather, dried red fruits and camp fire on the nose. Impeccable balance on a mid-weight frame. Sous bois, crunchy red fruits and some dark but not quite plummy flavors. A little hollow on the mid-palate, the only thing keeping this wine from the 90s. Tannins integrated but still showing structure. In a perfect drinking mode.

This wine, like the 1989 Chateau Olivier I had last night, or the 2000 La Louviere last week, defines a Bordeaux drinker IMHO. It’s not just about the Cheval Blancs of the world. It’s what you drink, and enjoy, on a Monday, with budget sensitivity, but the wherewithal and thought to have bought and stored it for optimal drinking. Personally, I think these wines are more important than trophy wines. Would love to have hundreds of bottles likes this, and would hope that vintages like 2008 and 2014, at this Cru level, drink like this in 20. I’ll be a happy retiree.

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#2 Post by Rory K. » January 13th, 2020, 6:31 pm

K&L sold a tranche of these a couple years ago and I jumped on it, its what turned me on to Lanessan!
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#3 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 13th, 2020, 7:08 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 5:33 pm
An inexpensive Cru. Twenty years old. Perfectly stored. Firing on all four cylinders. This ain’t an eight cylinder beast, never meant to be more than it is. But it delivers With aplomb.

Cigar box, leather, dried red fruits and camp fire on the nose. Impeccable balance on a mid-weight frame. Sous bois, crunchy red fruits and some dark but not quite plummy flavors. A little hollow on the mid-palate, the only thing keeping this wine from the 90s. Tannins integrated but still showing structure. In a perfect drinking mode.

This wine, like the 1989 Chateau Olivier I had last night, or the 2000 La Louviere last week, defines a Bordeaux drinker IMHO. It’s not just about the Cheval Blancs of the world. It’s what you drink, and enjoy, on a Monday, with budget sensitivity, but the wherewithal and thought to have bought and stored it for optimal drinking. Personally, I think these wines are more important than trophy wines. Would love to have hundreds of bottles likes this, and would hope that vintages like 2008 and 2014, at this Cru level, drink like this in 20. I’ll be a happy retiree.

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Amen brother! Great note. We wanted a glass last night so we opened a 375 of 1998 Lagrange (StJ). Just as you describe, a 4-banger but a real pleasure to drink
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#4 Post by PHuff » January 13th, 2020, 7:19 pm

Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 5:33 pm
An inexpensive Cru. Twenty years old. Perfectly stored. Firing on all four cylinders. This ain’t an eight cylinder beast, never meant to be more than it is. But it delivers With aplomb.

Cigar box, leather, dried red fruits and camp fire on the nose. Impeccable balance on a mid-weight frame. Sous bois, crunchy red fruits and some dark but not quite plummy flavors. A little hollow on the mid-palate, the only thing keeping this wine from the 90s. Tannins integrated but still showing structure. In a perfect drinking mode.

This wine, like the 1989 Chateau Olivier I had last night, or the 2000 La Louviere last week, defines a Bordeaux drinker IMHO. It’s not just about the Cheval Blancs of the world. It’s what you drink, and enjoy, on a Monday, with budget sensitivity, but the wherewithal and thought to have bought and stored it for optimal drinking. Personally, I think these wines are more important than trophy wines. Would love to have hundreds of bottles likes this, and would hope that vintages like 2008 and 2014, at this Cru level, drink like this in 20. I’ll be a happy retiree.

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Amen brother! Great note. We wanted a glass last night so we opened a 375 of 1998 Lagrange (StJ). Just as you describe, a 4-banger but a real pleasure to drink
I opened a bottle of 2000 Le Fiefs de LaGrange the other night, and it was really really good......so balanced and tasted like Bordeaux (not Napa). Sad I only have one bottle left
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#5 Post by Julian Marshall » January 14th, 2020, 12:24 am

Great stuff, Robert, I couldn't agree more. Lanessan is perfect, like other CBs, for high quality midweek drinking, but which can double up for special occasions. There are some good second wines, like Paul's Fief de L, but I had one last night which reminded me why I avoid most of them like the plague: Blason d'Issan 2009. Perfectly drinkable, seamless fruit, but totally lacking in character. For 20 euros, a waste of money compared to dozens of CBs offering more for less.

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#6 Post by Carlos Delpin » January 14th, 2020, 3:04 am

Some people drink wine while others drink labels. Chapeau!

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#7 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 4:22 am

Carlos Delpin wrote:
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Some people drink wine while others drink labels. Chapeau!
This would be like that pair of Lucky’s while others are wearing Seven for all Mankind.

Or, to poke fun at Fu as we all know he will never ever in a gazillion years open a thread with the word Lanessan in it, like wearing those Champion sweats and Chucks at home while Fu lounges in Lululemon and his joggers.

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#8 Post by Howard Cooper » January 14th, 2020, 5:49 am

It is interesting. One of the things I have historically liked about Burgundy is that I can drink up and down a producer's line and still be drinking wines from producers I love. Drink Bourgogne Rouge or wines from lesser villages (used to be all villages wines) on more casual nights, move up to premier crus and grand crus when I want something more serious.

Apparently, the Bordeaux lovers in this thread are doing something similar but with different Bordeauxs. For me, it is harder (unless I just follow wines mentioned in these types of threads) because I just don't know which historically good Bordeauxs similar to Lanessan are still making wines in a traditional style and which have moved to the dark side.
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#9 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 14th, 2020, 6:27 am

Lanessan, Cantermerle, Sociando - I don't really need anything else from Bordeaux.
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#10 Post by Peter Chiu » January 14th, 2020, 6:39 am

Robert : SAQ ( in Quebec, Canada ) still has some bottles of 2008 Lanesann 2008 available at CA $ 37.25. I believe it is their new ( and first ) release.

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#11 Post by Peter Chiu » January 14th, 2020, 6:53 am

One thing I like about Lanesann is they come in wooden boxes including the single (750 ml - a case of 12 ); mgm ( a case of 6 ) and 3 L ( a case of 1 ) bottles.

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#12 Post by Rudi Finkler » January 14th, 2020, 7:34 am

Thanks for the interesting note, Robert! But if Lanessan, Château Olivier, and La Louvière define a Bordeaux drinker, I’m undoubtedly not a Bordeaux drinker… neener
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#13 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 7:44 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Lanessan, Cantermerle, Sociando - I don't really need anything else from Bordeaux.
For regular drinking, this is where I am at as well. I bet these 3 wines make up 80% of my Crus and maybe 40% of my overall Bordeaux holdings. These are solid base hitters in most games, and occasionally hit doubles and triples. Think, Sociando in 2014, 2010, 2001, 1990, 1982; Lanessan in 2014, 2009, 2000; Cantemerle in 2010, 2009, 2000, etc.

I used to buy, for the same purpose, Meyney, d’Armailhac, Gloria, etc., but they have gone up in price, so hard for me to call them a regular Monday night wine. Plus, Meyney has changed stylistically, I think Bouard consults there now.

Other cellar defenders that I used to buy regularly, but have clearly gone modern, some more than others, include La Louviere, Carmes Haut Brion, Poujeaux, Cambon La Pelouse, etc.

I just bought some 2016 Chasse Spleen. Where are they now on the traditional versus modern spectrum?

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#14 Post by Howard Cooper » January 14th, 2020, 7:51 am

At a higher but not nosebleed level of wine, I recently had a 1989 Beychevelle that really was tasty. Are they still making wines in a traditional style?
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#15 Post by Corey N. » January 14th, 2020, 7:52 am

Bobby, true or false, you were humming this song as you posted...

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#16 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 14th, 2020, 7:56 am

Beychevelle is still mostly traditional, but about $80 a bottle, so...
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#17 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 7:57 am

You know it, so now everyone sing along, drink along . . . .

This is how we do it
It's Monday night and I feel alright
The party's here on the Left Bank side
So I reach for my Lanessan and I pop it it up
Designated driver take the keys to my Rover
Hit the shore 'cause I'm faded
Honeys in the street say, "Rollando, yo we made it!"
It feels so good in my hood tonight
The summertime skirts and the guys in Boss
All the wine bangers forgot about the drive-by
You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
And let me hear the party say
I'm kinda buzzed and it's all because
(This is how we do it)
Left Bank does it like nobody does
(This is how we do it)
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#18 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 14th, 2020, 7:59 am

This is (as most know from my posts on it) one of my go-to value Bordeaux producers. I'm making my way quickly through a case of 2005 that is really in a great space now, but seeing that it can last even longer, perhaps hide a few for longer term aging!
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#19 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 8:03 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Beychevelle is still mostly traditional, but about $80 a bottle, so...

And more. At that price, I prefer a few other producers.

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#20 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 14th, 2020, 8:04 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Beychevelle is still mostly traditional, but about $80 a bottle, so...

And more. At that price, I prefer a few other producers.
Agreed - I find Beychevelle to be a bit overpriced, frankly
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#21 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 8:07 am

The 2016 Beychevelle is priced about the same as the readily available, and delicious, 1989 Bechevelle. Around $125 +/-.

No-brainer right there.

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#22 Post by Peter Chiu » January 14th, 2020, 8:22 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:44 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 6:27 am
Lanessan, Cantermerle, Sociando - I don't really need anything else from Bordeaux.
For regular drinking, this is where I am at as well. I bet these 3 wines make up 80% of my Crus and maybe 40% of my overall Bordeaux holdings. These are solid base hitters in most games, and occasionally hit doubles and triples. Think, Sociando in 2014, 2010, 2001, 1990, 1982; Lanessan in 2014, 2009, 2000; Cantemerle in 2010, 2009, 2000, etc.

I used to buy, for the same purpose, Meyney, d’Armailhac, Gloria, etc., but they have gone up in price, so hard for me to call them a regular Monday night wine. Plus, Meyney has changed stylistically, I think Bouard consults there now.

Other cellar defenders that I used to buy regularly, but have clearly gone modern, some more than others, include La Louviere, Carmes Haut Brion, Poujeaux, Cambon La Pelouse, etc.

I just bought some 2016 Chasse Spleen. Where are they now on the traditional versus modern spectrum?

[thankyou.gif] ..... Robert. Those names mentioned above - for examples : Meyney, Carems Haut Brion...Louviere...- sure bought back lots of memory for my early life.

I just finished checkings SAQ webs and the prices for the above names have gone up ..... rolleyes .

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#23 Post by Julian Marshall » January 14th, 2020, 8:25 am

I don't think Beychevelle's price ever really recovered from the Chinese craze period. It's a very good wine but I think there are other St.Juliens which offer the same or more for less.

Robert - good point about recent pricing - there are literally dozens of CCs which are releasing wines at the same prices as older vintages which are ready for drinking. Hard to see the point in buying them. Chasse-Spleen has got too expensive for me but I don't remember reading that it's gone all spoofy. Brillette is a good alternative at a Monday night price.

It's hard to list CB bankers now, as they tend to change a lot in style (and sometimes price) over the years. I like Citran but was disappointed by a recent 2005, I like Caronne Ste Gemme but was underwhelmed by the 2015 - my only real banker which has never disappointed is Larose Trintaudon (and Perganson).

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#24 Post by Peter Chiu » January 14th, 2020, 8:42 am

Meyney 1999 is available at CD $96.75 (1424-9691) at SAQ .............

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#25 Post by YLee » January 14th, 2020, 8:45 am

Peter Chiu wrote:
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Meyney 1999 is available at CD $96.75 (1424-9691) at SAQ .............
Just my 2 cents but I wouldnt spend that much on '99 meyney
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#26 Post by Corey N. » January 14th, 2020, 8:53 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:57 am
You know it, so now everyone sing along, drink along . . . .

This is how we do it
It's Monday night and I feel alright
The party's here on the Left Bank side
So I reach for my Lanessan and I pop it it up
Designated driver take the keys to my Rover
Hit the shore 'cause I'm faded
Honeys in the street say, "Rollando, yo we made it!"
It feels so good in my hood tonight
The summertime skirts and the guys in Boss
All the wine bangers forgot about the drive-by
You gotta get your groove on, before you go get paid
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
And let me hear the party say
I'm kinda buzzed and it's all because
(This is how we do it)
Left Bank does it like nobody does
(This is how we do it)
Thank you for indulging me.

Do you prefer the 15 or 16? I grabbed a case of the 14s and need to tuck some more bottles away for long term.
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#27 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 8:57 am

Lanessan 15 or 16? Bear in mind these are the vintages where Bouard became involved. I have notes posted on this site, I prefer 2014 much more.

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#28 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 8:58 am

YLee wrote:
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Meyney 1999 is available at CD $96.75 (1424-9691) at SAQ .............
Just my 2 cents but I wouldnt spend that much on '99 meyney
Not chance. Even the greatest Bordeaux QPR ever - the 1986 Meyney - pops up occasionally on WineBid for $50-$60. That and La Lagune for a few quid more.

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#29 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 14th, 2020, 8:59 am

I enjoyed the '15 Lanessan the one time I tried it. It's not over the top in any way.

Granted I am more tolerant of a drift (as opposed to a swerve) towards modernity than Alfert. It's just personal preferences.
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#30 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 9:02 am

Where is Charmail these days on the stylistic spectrum?

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#31 Post by Julian Marshall » January 14th, 2020, 9:06 am

The last Charmail I tried was the 09 - very rich and 14° - probably not your cup of char, but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?

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#32 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 14th, 2020, 9:10 am

Julian Marshall wrote:
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The last Charmail I tried was the 09 - very rich and 14° - probably not your cup of char, but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?
Agreed - I think pre-2005 it was of a similar style to others mentioned in this thread, then it went bigger in style
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#33 Post by Julian Marshall » January 14th, 2020, 9:11 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
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The last Charmail I tried was the 09 - very rich and 14° - probably not your cup of char, but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?
Agreed - I think pre-2005 it was of a similar style to others mentioned in this thread, then it went bigger in style
I think the bottle got bigger too - always a bad sign!

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#34 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 9:20 am

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but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?

Well, by the same owner, I really prefer Bolaire. It’s a quirky but interesting - and quite cheap - wine with a very healthy cut of old vine petit Verdot, like 50%. Belle Vue has a nice cut of PV as well, and I think is now releasing a 100% PV bottling. I have not tried it yet, but would like to grab some.
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#35 Post by Peter Chiu » January 14th, 2020, 9:27 am

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January 14th, 2020, 8:42 am
Meyney 1999 is available at CD $96.75 (1424-9691) at SAQ .............
Just my 2 cents but I wouldnt spend that much on '99 meyney

Understand, agreed and merci....

I will use the money to but more Albert Bichot - Bourgnone v.v. 2017 at CA $18.80 ( with an automatic 15% discount for a purchase of 12 bottle or more ).

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#36 Post by Julian Marshall » January 14th, 2020, 9:47 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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but there again you like Belle-Vue so what do I know?

Well, by the same owner, I really prefer Bolaire. It’s a quirky but interesting - and quite cheap - wine with a very healthy cut of old vine petit Verdot, like 50%. Belle Vue has a nice cut of PV as well, and I think is now releasing a 100% PV bottling. I have not tried it yet, but would like to grab some.
I was teasing! Actually, I was a bit surprised you liked Belle-Vue having tried and disliked the rather kirschy 2011, but since our tastes are normally fairly close, your thumbs-up made me reconsider. I opened a 2010 in your honour and will report back tomorrow, although the first sip was promising - modern, but not OTT.

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#37 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 10:14 am

I know you are kidding, Sheez I got thicker skin than Tannat! It’s funny how the cepage itself can skew how much modernity that I can palate in a Bordeaux. CF and PV help.

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#38 Post by R yan C omaz zetto » January 14th, 2020, 11:10 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:44 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 6:27 am
Lanessan, Cantermerle, Sociando - I don't really need anything else from Bordeaux.
For regular drinking, this is where I am at as well. I bet these 3 wines make up 80% of my Crus and maybe 40% of my overall Bordeaux holdings. These are solid base hitters in most games, and occasionally hit doubles and triples. Think, Sociando in 2014, 2010, 2001, 1990, 1982; Lanessan in 2014, 2009, 2000; Cantemerle in 2010, 2009, 2000, etc.

I used to buy, for the same purpose, Meyney, d’Armailhac, Gloria, etc., but they have gone up in price, so hard for me to call them a regular Monday night wine. Plus, Meyney has changed stylistically, I think Bouard consults there now.

Other cellar defenders that I used to buy regularly, but have clearly gone modern, some more than others, include La Louviere, Carmes Haut Brion, Poujeaux, Cambon La Pelouse, etc.

I just bought some 2016 Chasse Spleen. Where are they now on the traditional versus modern spectrum?
Regarding the 2016 Chasse Spleen - I don't know anything about the wine making or consultants, but going purely off taste, they seem to be fairly traditional still. I had a bottle a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it - preferred over other recent bottles of 2016 Cantemerle and 2016 Sociando.

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#39 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm

Thanks Ryan, really helpful. I bought a few splits but am thinking of getting more. Leve’s note describes a pretty classic wine, so that’s good too.

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#40 Post by Chris.C. » January 15th, 2020, 12:24 pm

Inspired by the thread, I have in front of me a 2003 Lanessan, which I've owned since release in the hope of something like the OP transpiring.

The wine is decent, certainly drinkable. But (no surprise really) it's a bit flabby and lacking in verve. I have finished off my case of 2000 in the last year or two, always enjoyed. The 2005 is still drinking very well and I still have a few. 2003 Lanessan has never been as good as either of those vintages, and while it's still ticking it would have been better drunk up 5-10 years ago. I love the OP delivery of 89 points for the '99 as being a glowing review. So old school. I'm giving the 03 a solid 87.
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#41 Post by C Chen » January 15th, 2020, 12:37 pm

Alfert is the man. I just randomly got '16 Lanessan in OWC (it's not modern yet, okay) for a close friend's anniversary year. Neither us of really buy Bordeaux, either. Gonna be fun!
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#42 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 15th, 2020, 3:59 pm

C Chen wrote:
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Alfert is the man. I just randomly got '16 Lanessan in OWC (it's not modern yet, okay) for a close friend's anniversary year. Neither us of really buy Bordeaux, either. Gonna be fun!
Oh cool, let me know your thoughts. I’d give it a second look.

I passed on 2003, Really tough vintage except for top-tier Northern Medocs, including Sociando, which is Norther of St Estephe.

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#43 Post by Corey N. » January 15th, 2020, 5:40 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
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Wine Advocate: 92 points

This new cuvée from Belle-Vue is produced on a 2.04-hectare parcel. This 100% Petit Verdot wine comes from old vineyards planted in 1936, 1940 and 1950 whose average age in 2016 was 77 years. It was aged in French oak, 20% new, with 15% of production matured in amphorae. It was aged for a total of 14 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Le Petit Verdot by Belle-Vue opens with provocatively earthy notes emerging on the nose of fertile loam, tar and scorched earth with a red and black currants core plus a hint of wild thyme. Medium to full-bodied with a firm, grainy texture from nicely ripe tannins, it has a great core of expressive fruit and a long mineral-tinged finish. About 833 cases were made.
That DOES sound fantastic. I like the sound of a mix of oak and amphorae. Alas, not carried in Illinois.
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#44 Post by Vince T » January 15th, 2020, 6:34 pm

Rory K. wrote:
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K&L sold a tranche of these a couple years ago and I jumped on it, its what turned me on to Lanessan!
I bit on one of these for $20 too. Looking back at my TN, I wrote it was a decent QPR but not memorable on day 1 (87). Then I revisited the rest of the bottle 2 days later, and found it had opened up quite nicely, gaining a lot of nuance... and gave it a 90. I had a note that I should pick up a bunch more but then sadly never followed through.
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#45 Post by D Zurcher » January 16th, 2020, 8:04 am

Nice! I also picked up a case of the '99 @ about $20 from K&L a few years ago. I've got 8 or 9 left. Each has been very nice and got better with air.
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