La Lagune 2003

SubregionLeft Bank

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Tasting Notes

A soft, easygoing wine, the 2003 La Lagune displays lots of balsam wood, black cherry and earthy notes. Dark ruby-colored with a pink rim, it is a lively, fresh Haut-Medoc with some acidity in the background. The tannins are totally resolved and the wine is medium-bodied. Drink it over the next 5-8 years. Drink 2014-2022

Score: 88Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

Thankfully, this wonderful estate, which provided me with many memorable drinking experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, has rebounded from a period of mediocrity. The 2003 and 2004 offerings from La Lagune are the finest back-to-back vintages they have produced in over fifteen years. Kudos to the Frey family, who also purchased the Rhone Valley flagship firm of Paul Jaboulet-Aine in 2005. Their daughter, Caroline Frey, is the oenologist at La Lagune. The sexy, up-front, evolved 2003 La Lagune exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue as well as big nose of cedar, spice box, black cherry jam, licorice, and smoke. Savory, broad, ripe, and low in acidity, it is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. Enjoy it now or cellar it for 15+ years. It is unquestionably the finest La Lagune since 1982. Bravo!

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

Possibly the finest La Lagune produced in over a decade, recent investments in new, state of the art winemaking facilities appear to be paying off. This Burgundian-like 2003 exhibits a deep purple-tinged color in addition to a striking perfume of sweet cherry jam, vanilla, and spice box scents, excellent purity, soft tannin, and a medium-bodied, nicely textured mouthfeel. Not a blockbuster, it is a beautifully knit, attractive red to drink between 2005-2014.

Score: 88/90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Attractive blackberry and plum character, with fine tannins and a pretty finish. Slightly hollow mid-palate but well done. Almost 89-91.

Score: 85/88James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Well done

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, (April 04), April 2004

Score: 15+Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004

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