Location and surface area of the Château Lanessan vineyard
Located near the Gironde estuary, in the Cussac-Fort-Médoc area, Château Lanessan confirms the saying that "great terroirs overlook water".
Adjacent to the Saint-Julien appellation and bordering prestigious Saint-Julien crus such as Château Gruaud Larose and Château Beychevelle, the vineyard of this property, which has become a reference among fine Haut-Médoc wines, spreads over 45 hectares.
For eight generations, Château Lanessan has been owned by the Bouteiller family, who also own the châteaux of Sainte Gemme and Lachesnaye.
What is the history of Château Lanessan?
Origins dating back to the 18th century
As one of the oldest family estates in Bordeaux, Château Lanessan has been writing its history since 1793. At the time, the Bordeaux wine merchant, Jean Delbos, acquired the estate, whose vineyard then comprised 24 hectares. At his request, the famous Bordeaux architect Henri Duphot built Château Lanessan as we know it today between 1876 and 1878.
An expanding vineyard from 1960
In 1907, Marie-Louise Delbos married Étienne Bouteiller. From 1960 onwards, their son, Jean Bouteiller, encouraged the development of the vineyard. Following the acquisition of the châteaux of Sainte Gemme and Lachesnaye, the vineyard reached 80 hectares, including 45 hectares dedicated to Château Lanessan.
A constant quest for viticultural and technical excellence since the 2000s
In 2000, the launch of a vast technical innovation programme within the estate preceded the arrival of the famous Médoc oenologist Eric Boissenot in 2004, who took over from his father after having advised the estate for over 10 years.
Subsequently, Paz Espejo was entrusted with the management of the estate from 2009 to 2020. The famous Spanish oenologist strengthens the technical commitment of the estate through an ambitious environmental project, rewarded in 2011 by obtaining the HVE (High Environmental Value) level 3 label, as well as the ISO 14001 certificate. In 2012, the estate's cellars were equipped with an optical sorting system to ensure a high-precision vinification process.
An 8th-generation family member at the head of a forward-looking estate
Today, the 8th generation of the Bouteiller family is carrying on the family legacy. Since 2020, the management of the estate has been carried out by a new team that has strengthened its historical partnership with Eric Boissenot. The estate is developing its wine tourism activities as well as its equestrian activities.
All there is to know about the terroir of Château Lanessan
Location and sun exposure
Unique due to its proximity to the Gironde estuary, the vineyard of Château Lanessan is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Geology: ideal Garonne slopes for a great vineyard
The vines are 30 to 40 years old on average and are planted on a deep Garonne gravel hill. The forests surrounding the estate also help to maintain a remarkably diverse flora and fauna.
The Haut-Médoc appellation enjoys a temperate oceanic climate.
Vinification: a constant quest for precision
Following mechanical harvesting, the grapes are rigorously sorted using an optical sorting system in order to keep only the highest quality berries. The vinification in temperature-controlled concrete vats is accompanied by pumping over and delestage adapted to each vintage, so that the identity and nuances of each grape variety are fully expressed.
The style of the wines of Château Lanessan
The wines of Château Lanessan are the result of a particularly precise vinification process and are renowned for their elegance. A rich and complex nose precedes a mouth that harmoniously combines a beautiful structure with fine tannins.
The wines of Château Lanessan can be kept in the cellar for around 10 to 15 years, depending on the vintage.
Food and wine pairing
Red or white meats, game, cheese or desserts are refined pairings for Château Lanessan wines.