Château Lanessan has belonged to a succession of eight generations of the Bouteiller family since the 18th century. You might assume such a longstanding family to be traditional and staid, but in fact they are very open and receptive to new influences. In 2009 they employed winemaker Paz Espejo (who came to Bordeaux from her native Spain in the 1990s) to inject new vigour into the estate. Paz’s goal is to “grow excellent fruit while remaining loyal to our fantastic terroir”. Working alongside oeneologist Eric Boissenot and advised by Hubert de Boüard of Château Angélus, she has made significant changes in the vineyard and in the cellar that now are being reflected in the quality of the wines.
Chateau Lanessan Les Caleches de Lanessan (DL) 2011
The second wine of Chateau Lanessan, this is a deeply flavoured plush blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) Merlot (36%) and a nudge of Petit Verdot with a gentle hint of classy oak (one third is aged in oak for one year). A savoury and complex nose leads to a vibrant and herbaceous palate. Quite delicate tannins make for a very appealing, approachable wine.