Château Lanessan: Vineyards

The vineyards of Château Lanessan are located close to the northern boundary of Cussac-Fort-Médoc, near the three major drainage channels – the Jalle du Nord, Chenal du Milieu and Jalle du Sud – which act as a boundary between the vineyards of the Haut-Médoc to the south, and those of St Julien to the north. The vines sit on an elevated sliver of land which runs roughly east-west, the soils underfoot gravelly (as seen in the image below), and there are 45 hectares of vineyard all told. This is surrounded by 145 hectares of woodland, to the north (around the drainage channels), west and south. Much of this woodland is also in the possession of the Bouteiller family, and is actively managed.

Château Lanessan

The vines are aged 30 years on average, and comprise 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. The Malbec described during the late-19th century has disappeared, but otherwise this is quite similar to the constitution of the vineyard over a century ago. The work in the vineyard is conventional, with no particular leaning towards organic or biodynamic methods.

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