Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 La Lagune provides an essential drinking experience, with notes of Asian plum sauce, mulberries, kirsch liqueur and black currants. The wine also exhibits a savory, rich smokiness and subtle lead pencil shaving notes. Full-bodied and pure, combining both elegance and power, this is a brilliant, very approachable effort that should hit its stride in 5-7 years and last for at least two decades. Think of it as a hypothetical blend of the 2005 and 2009. Kudos!
The 2010 La Lagune has a vigorous bouquet with blackberry, briary and tobacco aromas, quite feisty compared to its peers, then settling down and manifesting more red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. This builds nicely towards a cohesive, silky smooth finish with a pinch of white pepper on the aftertaste. Excellent. Drink 2021-2045.
What a lovely texture to the wine, with super soft and supple tannins and blackberry and currant character. Round and juicy. One of the softest and most supple 2010s. It tastes more like a 2009 in style. 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon , 40 percent Merlot, and 10 percent Petit Verdot
Dark crimson. Some overripe notes on the nose but nice ripe tannins underneath. Quite a battle going on here! Tight, dry finish. The merest hint of wet fur. Every ounce squeezed out of the fruit! Just a little heat on the end. Tastes slightly right-bank. 14.5%
Drink 2018 – 2038
A popular classed growth situated south of Margaux near Cantemerle. The new owners have invested a great deal of money here in recent years and have also bought Paul Jaboulet Ainé in Hermitage. The encepagement this year is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. This is a wine that has a lot of polish and suppleness. The fruit is ripe and round with gentle tannins. Not hugely complex but very nicely done.
There is a lot of fruit on the nose all very inky black. Sweet cassis is to the fore on the palate the richness underpinned by a mix of black cherry and plum. The tannins are in evidence and although firm are not aggressive and do not over dominate.
Excellent concentration of ripe black fruits, spice and oak blended in, subtle and supple power and depth, great length and balance, a triumph, even better than 2009. Drink 2016-30.
Is this 2005 deja vu "all over again"? Proprietress Caroline Frey has elevated the quality at La Lagune since acquiring this estate, and the 2010 is another superb effort as well as one of the better values in Bordeaux. An opaque purple color is followed by an extraordinary perfume of black raspberries, black currants, licorice and subtle smoke and graphite. While uber-concentrated, full-bodied and pure, it retains both elegance and precision as well as a sensational 45-second finish. The suppleness of the tannins and stunning opulence suggest it will drink beautifully for 25+ years.
A blend of 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, the La Lagune already has an expressive bouquet with ripe blackberry, bilberry, cedar and tobacco with good clarity and brightness. The palate is simple classic Cabernet with lovely, savoury-tinged black fruits, good acidity, very harmonious and natural towards the finish. Reserved but great length and persistency in the mouth, this is a great, great La Lagune. Tasted April 2011.
One of the darkest purples I have seen. No different extraction policy this year and not picked especially late, I was told by the maître de chai. Lightly sweet and minerally on the nose. Easy and yet with odd suppleness. Sweet start. Then a bit turgid and heavy and tough on the end. MASSES of extract for a left-bank wine! Just a bit of a lack of freshness. Tastes pretty hot on the finish. Falls away. I am told it's 13.9%. Tastes a bit more. 13.9%