Chateau Lanessan

The birth of Chateau Lanessan dates all the way back to 1793 when it was founded by Jean Delbos. Initially the vineyard and estate was much smaller, as the property started out with 24 hectares. The impressive, classic chateau, with its Tudor, inspired influences was constructed in 1878. Eight generations later, Chateau Lanessan remains in the hands of the Bouteiller family, which are direct descendants of the founder. This is quite a feat for a Chateau located in the Medoc, as most vineyards have changed hands several times. Aside from their obvious passion for wine, equestrian activities have always been a part of the makeup for Chateau Lanessan. They have numerous stables, which were constructed at the same time as the chateau in the shape of a horseshoe. As horses and carriages played an important part in the history of Lanessan, the estate also maintains a museum devoted to historical carriages. Chateau Lanessan has remained popular with wine lovers for their traditionally styled wine, which has always sold for a very consumer friendly price. In an effort to increase quality, starting with the 2015 vintage, the owners of Lanessan brought in Hubert de Bouard, the owner of Chateau Angelus as their consultant. Chateau Lanessan Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking. The 80 hectare vineyard of Chateau Lanessan is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. OUt of its 80 hectares, 45 hectares are cultivated with vines. The vineyard is close to the St. Julien appellation. In fact, it’s just a bit south, as you drive up the D2, the Route de Medoc. The terroir is mostly gravel based soils. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 10,000 vines per hectare. As we mentioned close to half of the land owned here is not used for vines. Instead it’s reserved for natural forests, greenery, parkland and horse riding trails. While there are 45 hectares planted to grapevines, the remainder of the property features 20 hectares of parkland. Here you also find beautifully manicured gardens and even a large space for growing vegetables. To produce of the wine of Chateau Lanessan, vinification takes place in traditional, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The wine is aged in a combination of 33% new, French barrels, 33% one year old, French oak barrels and 33% two year old, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months. The production of Chateau Lanessan is large, making the wine quite easy to find in the marketplace. On average close to 18,000 cases of wine per vintage are produced of Chateau Lanessan.
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  1. CHATEAU LANESSAN 2016
    A harmonious, elegant, rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A mulitlayered, elegant and feminine nose that is filled with soft, ripe plums and cassis. Approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannins and a long finish. The ... Learn More
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