France: Bordeaux

Northern Médoc

The wines of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 05 March 2010
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Château Lanessan

Address: 33460 Cussac-Fort-Médoc
Tel: 05 56 58 94 80  Fax: 05 57 88 89 92
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:7:57N (45.13238)    Longitude: -0:44:25W (-0.74032) 

Château Lanessan has been owned by the same family for six generations, and is almost a village in itself. It has won a prestigious ‘Best of Wine Tourism’ award for the numerous options on offer – from walking out in the grounds, to exploring the Musée de Cheval, which houses exhibits of traditional horse-drawn agriculture, and also allows you to tour the vineyard in a horse and buggy, or even on horseback with an expert guide. The ‘Formule Winemaker’ gives a tasting of the individual grapes and the chance to make your own blend.

Useful information: Daily visits from 09.30-12.00 and 14.00-18.00, by reservation, Upgraded options include a very interesting vertical tasting of old wines – going back to 1992 at the time of writing, or an introduction to the ‘Art of Blending’. The cost depends on the type of visit chosen: basic one hour visit of the museum is €8, and a tutored tasting is also €8 (to do both costs €15); €2 13-18 year olds; €2 per person for a children’s tasting ofgrape juice.  The ‘Formule Winemaker’ is €30 per person and the horse and buggy tour is €125 for up to five people. The full range of tours is on their website.


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