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    12:35 PM
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    90 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    546
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    256
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    194

History

The history of the estate began in 1310 under the reign of Edward King of England and Duke of Guyenne. In 1793, Château Lanessan’s 24 hectares (59 acres) of vines were bought by Jean Delbos, a former ship owner, who wanted to grow wine with the help of his son Louis.

Château Lanessan sits on top of a mound of deep Garonne gravel on the edge of the Saint-Julien appellation area in the territory of the Haut-Médoc AOC. e view over the vineyards is what makes this place so unique.

Between 1878 and 1887, the estate really took o under the management of André Delbos, who gave Château Lanessan a new lease of life by building a pioneering vathouse and stables, which today house the magni cent saddlery and the family collection of period carriages. Horses have always been another passion on the estate.

The beautiful 8-hectare (20-acre) park was also designed at this time, featuring a really picturesque garden made up of Dutch greenhouses and a profusion of owers. e park is wonderful for walks as well as for riding on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. 

 

Antoine de Saint Exupery’s famous quotation takes on real meaning here. In 1907, Mr. Delbos’s daughter, Marie Louise, married Etienne Bouteiller. In the 1960’s, one of her sons, Jean, was o ered a fantastic opportunity and bought Château Lachesnaye and Château de Sainte Gemme in the commune of Cussac-Fort Médoc. ese two acquisitions enabled him to develop the estate substantially and to build a solid foundation for a family entreprise.

Today the Bouteiller estate is a uniform island of 75 hectares (185 acres) of vines in a single plot in the middle of 145 hectares (358 acres) of woodland. For two centuries, the Bouteiller family has con rmed its ambition by producing every year wines with a clearly asserted personality that are elegant and harmonious and have remarkable keeping qualities. 

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Vineyards

On this little Medoc island three wines are produced that fully respect this superb gravel terroir and today the team is focussing all its energy on making and promoting them. ey are Château Lanessan, its second wine Les Calèches de Lanessan launched in 1999 and Château de Sainte Gemme.

New winegrowing and winemaking techniques have been implemented to ensure that these wines are of uniformly faultless quality, guaranteeing our customers’ enjoyment, while faithfully representing the values of this terroir and remaining characteristically Medoc. 

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Winemaking

For eight generations, Château Lanessan has been at the heart of the Bouteiller family.

To allow Mr. Hubert Bouteiller to enjoy a well-earned retirement, the family did not think twice about hiring someone in. ey chose a woman, Paz Espejo, to introduce a little new energy and a modern approach. Since August 2009, she has been managing the property with masterly skill.

Having followed a career both in winegrowing and sales and displaying a personality that certainly stands out, Paz Espejo has no di culty in taking the lead in this very male-oriented world. Paz Espejo is a true epicurean and very passionate about wine and the Bordeaux area.

With Eric Boissenot, the established oenologist of the property, who took over from his father Jacques in 2004, at her side, she took responsibility for the harvest and making the wines from the 2009 vintage onwards. In 2015, she decided to strengthen her team by calling in the owner of Château Angélus, Hubert de Boüard, alongside Eric Boissenot to bene t from all his expertise and knowledge in vine husbandry. 

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Wine Moments

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  81 wines 

A great surprise just before the weekend: a pallet with over 120 wines from the Grand Cercle arrived. So another long tasting day is waiting for me.

21h 35min ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Crazy, crazy Saturday dinner the 2nd May with friends (we did keep the distance, washing hands, etc.) and enjoyed some extraordinary bottles. We celebrated the liberation of Denmark from Nazis by the Brits, which happened on the 4th May 1945.  So, we mainly tasted 1945s, but wait a minute….


Somebody wise said once – “There aren’t great vintages, only great bottles!” And it was so obvious during the tasting. It was blind and very entertaining one! The wines served were both normal and magnum bottles. All chateau bottled.

21d 17h ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  30 wines 

2010 Anne Gros Clos de Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui/Bright ruby. Scented, red berries, some dark fruits, fruity, ripe, light sous bois note, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, dark fruits, sweet notes, layered, intense, big, bit warm, somewhat alcoholic, rich and long. 93p

1m 12d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Pro (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

4y 1m ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  35 wines 

“For over last twenty years I have taken part in an annual tasting of a Bordeaux vintage reaching the first stage of its drinkability. Our group usually consists of experienced wine merchants and journalists, such as Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, Steven Spurrier and Neal Martin.

This time we tasted about 100 wines from the controversial vintage 2003 from Médoc and Graves. The tasting was expertly arranged in London by fine wine merchants Farr Vintners.

4y 10m ago

 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Lanessan . In a tasting of  75 wines 

“A massive 1982 Vintage tasting!”

5y 19d ago

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