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2016 EP Chateau Lanessan, Haut Medoc

Dark ruby, tight rim. Violets; redcurrants, soft, ripe plums and cassis. Palate already approachable and friendly with lovely structure, fleshy tannin leading to a lifted and long finish. Saint-Julien personality, with lots of sanity. Very controlled. Reasonably priced, good value. From a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. We always like this wine eversince our first tasting, in 1992.

Other notable comments and scores are:

92-93 points James Suckling

A structured young red with currant and berry character. Medium body, velvety tannins and a savory finish. (4/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2016 Lanessan has a perfumed, quite floral bouquet with graphite tinged black fruit—fine delineation with impressive focus, even if it is not the most complex Haut-Medoc that I encountered in this vintage out of barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, well-judged acidity, plenty of black fruit with a harmonous, engaging and slightly tarry finish. This is a great Lanessan that should give 20 years of pleasure. This comes highly recommended and I expect it will land at the top of my banded score once in bottle. (NM) (4/2017)

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