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History

This Third Growth Grand Cru Classe producer is situated in Haut-Medoc, on the site of ‘The Village de La Lagune' built there in 1525. The château itself was erected between 1730 and 1734. The Sèzec family acquired it in 1886 and it remained in their hands until 1956, when it passed to Georges Brunet. The proprietors since 2000 have been the Frey family (owners of Jaboulet in the Rhône), who have invested heavily across all aspects of the business in the pursuit of higher levels of excellence.
 

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Vineyards

The properties on the Left Bank are slightly larger than those across the river, with La Lagune maintaining 82 hectares under vine: 60% in Cabernet, 30% in Merlot and 10% in Petit Verdot. The wines are early-drinking and quite feminine in style, with an aromatic and elegant presence. Nudges the upper reaches of its classification.

Great care is taken in the vineyard and the winery to ensure that only healthy and ripe grapes are converted into wine. A total of three sortings are done of the fruit, including on a vibrating table. Following a gentle pressing, the fruit is gravity-fed into temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats for the start of maceration and fermentation.

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Winemaking

Caroline Frey is to be congratulated for reducing the percentage of new oak in the ageing of Chateau La Lagune. This was previously as high as 100%. Today, depending on the vintage, only about half of the barrels are new. Time in barrel for Chateau La Lagune is about 18 months, whereas second wine Mouline La Lagune is around 12 months, about 30% of the barrels being new.

A new era has begun at Chateau La Lagune with the Frey family. Their determination and goal is to produce a top wine worthy of being the first great chateau one encounters on going up the Route du Medoc.

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 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  650 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage 


2020 began with mild temperatures even breaking temperature record highs at the beginning of February. These conditions led to a premature budbreak. Budding developed unevenly, very much depending on the locations although the coo and humid weather in April had not a very significant impact on slowing down the growth of the vines. Finally all the vines came into bloom at the end of May without any significant coulure or millerandage. At the start of June, frequent rain intensified the pressure of mildew. From mid-June, the weather changed. The whole Bordelais saw a period of very dry weather for two months. However, the earlier accumulation of water reserves prevented water stress. Around July 18 a heat wave began to build up but the cool nighty prevented water stress on the wines again. The veraison started at the end of July and went on till the beginning of August. The heatwave in August accentuated water stress, but shorter rainy episodes avoided a complete block. The dry and sunny weather in September encouraged the grapes maturity and harvest started on September 10 with a rather mild weather. Towards the middle of September, rain prevented the fruits from wilting but as its frequency was quite concerning, the haves was pushed forward. "Le diabolique" is the title given to this vintage by Véronique Sanders. It is a very special French word, which is not correctly translated with “diabolic” in English. In France, the expression means to overcome the devil. And the vintners succeeded. 2020 is clearly a vintner’s vintage which asked a permanent reinvention of the wineries, struggling hard with this difficult vintage. However, the vintage surprises with excellent wines, exemplary freshness and elegance and very dense structure. In former times it was said that the vine has to suffer to make exquisite wines, in this vintage the people have suffered to make a great wine. The first part of notes for this tasting with over 800 wines you will find today. More notes will follow over the coming days.

1m 6d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  100 wines 

I'll repeat myself with the phrase, "Pomerol is one of the strongest districts in 2018"! The truth is that it's s an accurate and valid statement. Despite not tasting Petrus and Lafleur, to name some of the big hitters, I can assure, that there is enough exceptional goof for every taste from Pomerol. As everywhere in Bordeaux, there also are very few wines under the usual standard in Pomerol.


 

3m 13d ago

 Tim Nguyen  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  1 wines 

Decanted for over 2 hours and matched with Snake River Farms Wagyu (Picanha and bavette) and it held up very well with the rich marbling of these meats.  Very seductive nose and a beautiful lingering finish.  An excellent La Lagune from a great year which beginning to become very enjoyable!

9m 4d ago

 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Petrus 1961 / Deep red-ruby color with an amber edge. Utterly singular perfumed, high-pitched aromas of loganberry, cherry and flowers. An awesomely concentrated wine of huge power and depth. Chewy with extract and wonderfully sweet and rich. Shows the strong iron note I often get from merlot on the Pomerol plateau, along with superripe suggestions of cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Finishes with great grip and length, and a bit less sweetness than the middle palate would suggest. Drink now through 2020.

9m 14d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  50 wines 

BORDEAUX 2019 / Ch. Margaux 2019 - only 37% of the whole production into Grand Vin. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon + 7% Merlot + 2% Cabernet Franc + 1% Petit Verdot, 14.9% alcohol. Ch. Margaux' technical director, Philippe Bascaules, told me, that Merlot needed to be vinified gently due to its voluptuousness and high alcohol. He made a comparison between 2018 and 2019 Grand Vin - "when I taste 2018 Ch. Margaux, I taste 2018 vintage first, then Ch. Margaux. When I taste 2019 Ch. Margaux, it's Ch.  Margaux first, then 2019 vintage!"
It's a showcase of Cabernet Sauvignon with wonderful aromas of cigar box and tobacco leaves. Extremely elegant and multi-faceted, sophisticated and very stylish for the property. Exceptional complexity and purity. Liquid silk. True perfection here! 99-100p. 

11m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  52 wines 

The Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855 represents all the Châteaux of the worldwide renowned classification which has been established for the world exhibition in Paris in 1855. It is a great chance to taste most of the wines of this illustrious circle. On May 20, 2020 the samples arrived in my office and were stored under pristine conditions to be savoured the following day. As most of the Châteaux have not been able to show their wines yet, it was a unique opportunity to get a broader picture of the vintage 2019. A few Châteaux have already sent wines before the shutdown so that I even had the option to try them a second time. This might explain some slight adjustments in tasting notes and ratings. The Covid-19 crisis is a nightmare -not only for the Primeurs- but in the same time it offered a perfect chance as well. Usually, the Primeurs would have been presented at the end of March. Now, seven to eight weeks later, the wines had more time to mature and to evolve. The samples performed very well and todays tasting confirmed a lot of quotes from producers in Bordeaux. Bruno-Eugène Borie from Château Ducru-Beaucaillou sees 2019 in a line with the excellent vintages of 2016, 2010, 2009 und 2005. Henri Lurton talks about his best vintage, along with 2016, he has ever vinified at Château Brane-Cantenac. Philippe Dhalluin from Château Mouton-Rothschild asses the vintage as rich and abundant in quality and in quantity as well. After some smaller crops they came back to an average production. Emmanuel Cruse from Château d’Issan sees that 2019 has a lot in common with 2016 yet preserving more freshness. It is a very good vintage but appearing at a very difficult time on the market. At Château Coutet in Barsac, Philippe and Aline Baly were harvesting in three passes with a total of 19 harvesting days. They judge the conditions as rather ideal: “These climatic conditions have generated a harvest whose quality is indisputably present.” The result is a vintage with great qualities. In my opinion 2019 is on a comparable quality level with 2018, however showing even more freshness. Terroir might be more important in this vintage than in 2018 but the best ones show truly great wines.

1y 23d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  23 wines 

1971 Bordeaux vertical tasting - 1971 vintage in Bordeaux followed after highly acclaimed 1970 vintage. Spring was rather cold and damp. Good sunny and warm weather arrived in June and stayed until harvest was finished. Small yields compared with big harvest in 1970. Wines on Right Bank did better than in 1970, while Left Bank did more or less opposite thing.
Generally, wines tasted below (except white D.D.Chevalier) did very well despite age certificate saying 48 years old, with some real surprises. Several wines have still at least 10 years more of eventful life.
Tasting was semi-blind, meaning we didn’t know in which order wines showed up in flights and there were 3 additional wines served blind (Giscours, Charmes Chambertin and Filhot).  Tasting started with white D.d.Chevalier 1971.It had a touch of madeira over it, otherwise it tasted OK. Quick consumption strongly recommended! 86p.

1y 7m ago

 Aaron Nix-Gomez / Wine Historian, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  30 wines 

2003 Chapoutier, Hermitage Le Pavillon. On the second night this is a seamless wine of brooding strength.  The savory and salty start builds incredible depth of flavor backed by tactile sensation of extract.  This is an inky, mouth coating wine with licorice, floral flavors, and new oak.  This is an intense, modern wine.  **** Now – 2033.

2y 9m ago

 Jason Ferris, Sommelier (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  9 wines 

With its deep purple colour, Château Calon Segur 2010 reveals an aromatic palette of complexity and refinement. The bouquet has red and black berry notes with delicate heat from spice that cut through the bouquet to reveal graphite mineral notes. On the palate, the silky mouthfeel reveals concentration and tannins of great finesse that extend to a prolonged finish.

3y 9d ago

 Francisca Mendoza, Wine Importer (Argentina)  tasted  3 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  14 wines 

The 2009 Carruades de Lafite shows purity and aromatic vibrancy, characteristics due to the alternating of sunny days and fresh nights appropriate for the aromatic expression. The palate is straight, precise, aromatic, round with finely chiselled tannins. The varietals perfect ripeness plays a great role in the sensation of balance.

3y 22d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  3 wines  from  Château La Lagune . In a tasting of  36 wines 

Primeur tastings of the 2017 vintage: I spent 2.5 weeks in Bordeaux in April, before primeur week, during primeur week and after primeur week, tasting app. 400 samples of 2017 and app. 100 wines from other vintages.


So what’s the deal with 2017 vintage? It’s clear that it is winemaker’s vintage. Those who vinified carefully and didn’t fall in the trap of harvesting too late or too early, pushing extraction too much and using too much new oak, made some stunning wines. Imho, 2017 is similar in quality to 2014 vintage but without the roughness of tannin of this vintage. Fruit is riper in 2017 and tannin too compared to 2014, the silkiness and velvety texture reminds me of 2012 and 2016, freshness and acidity is like in 2014. There is a lot of charm, elegance and finesse in many wines. Generally, 2017 has not same level of density, concentration and complexity as 2015 and 2016, but wait a minute…..some properties managed to touch the level of 2015 vintage!


It’s very interesting to see many different styles of winemaking in 2017. You can clearly recognize the direction a given chateau goes towards. It’s also great to see some chateaux leave the modern way (big extraction and excess of new oak) of making wines and go back to more expressing character of the soil and traditional style of wine from given district/commune.


My feeling is that Pauillac and Saint Estephe together with Pomerol have been the most consistent wine producing areas in Bordeaux and made the best wines in 2017 among red wines. Saint-Emilion, Margaux, Pessac-Leognan and Saint-Julien are close, but significantly more irregular. Dry whites and dry sweet are significantly better that their counterparts in 2016 and 2015 and are imho on the level of 2013 vintage, which was very successful for whites in Bordeaux.


At the time of writing this report (end of April 2018), several chateaux came out with 2017 prices and it seems that 20% down on 2016 prices could be a reality and trend to follow. Let’s hope so.

3y 1m ago

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