2010 Chateau Lanessan 
Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France
WB Rating: 88

Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
Price at time of purchase: $9.99 (Premier Cru, Berkeley CA)
Type: Cabernet / Bordeaux
Principal varietal(s): Bordeaux blend

I've always been a fan of Chateau Lanessan - a fairly priced Bordeaux (generally $20 or so) that often reaches classified growth quality. At the same time, it's usually fairly austere when young, like most high-quality Bordeaux. But the 2010 is far from austere - it's the most plump and flavorful young Lanessan I've ever tasted. Maybe not the most complex or long-lived, but extremely approachable and enjoyable at age 5. Deep dark purple in color, round and relatively smooth in the mouth with rich, chewy dark berry and black currant fruit and little of the dryness or austerity I usually associate with this wine when young. Preposterously good buy for under $10 (!) at Premier Cru - maybe that's one of the reasons they've gone bankrupt. I'm delighted I got a case of this wine when I had the chance since it will drink well for the next 5-10 years. - HK 2016-02-02


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