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La Lagune 2019

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Haut Médoc
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

A popular classed growth of 90 hectares, 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 vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. There was no 2018 made here due to severe mildew impact, but it is back in 2019.

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Tasting Notes

Wafting from the glass with aromas of cherries, wild berries and cassis mingled with hints of dark chocolate, pencil shavings and violets, the 2019 La Lagune is medium to full-bodied, broad and sensual, its ample core of fruit framed by polished tannins and succulent acids. In its elegant, generous style, it's reminiscent of a modern-day version of the brilliant 1990. Drink Date 2025 - 2055

William Kelley, RobertParker.com (April 2022), April 2022

The 2019 La Lagune offers exquisite transparency on the nose - one of the most terroir-expressive Pessac-Léognan wines this vintage. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, taut and fresh, quite saline with a very integrated and poised finish that lingers in the mouth. Wonderful - could this be the best La Lagune in years? Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drink 2026-2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Southwold), February 2023

Deep ruby colour. Tightly wound on the nose, this needs a little air to reveal layers of plump black fruit. The palate has real crunch, with pithy tannins propping up cool blackcurrant and fresh cedar tones. This bright, compact and finely balanced Lagune will suit those who favour elegance over power. Cedary and long on the finish.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, November 2021

Plenty of chocolate, tobacco and blackcurrant character on the nose. It’s full-bodied with chewy tannins that are polished and present. Long and intense. This is rather tight and mouth-puckering. Give it time to soften. Very structured. From organically grown grapes. Better after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2021

Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2019 La Lagune skips out of the glass with bright, cheery scents of kirsch, black raspberries, and fresh blackcurrants, plus suggestions of iron ore, violets, and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, soft, and juicy in the mouth, it has lots of red berry sparks and a perfumed finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Tight but finely-layered tannins, black truffle and cedar spice on the nose, this has bright blueberry and bilberry fruits. Enjoyable, defly put together. 40hl/h yield. Organic certified, in conversion to biodynamics.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022

Tasted blind. Racy and fruity and with a backbone of fine tannin. Suave and ambitious. Long and subtle with lots of minerality and length. Drying finish. 14.5%
Drink 2026
– 2043

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2023

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot.
Black core and deep rim. The first of this line-up that has a suggestion of fruit sweetness as well as that dark cassis aroma. This has got both firm structure but also the depth of fruit to fill it out. Beautifully elegant and dry tannins. Fresh, refined and long. (JH) 14.5%
Drink 2028 – 2040

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2021

The 2019 Château La Lagune is terrific and well worth seeking out. Ripe dark cherries, currants, smoky tobacco, and cedar pencil notes define this utterly classic, medium-bodied, balanced Haut-Médoc. With plenty of tannins as well as good concentration, it's going to hit maturity in 7-8 years and have two decades or more of longevity if properly stored. It's an impeccably put together wine. The blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, April 2022
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The 2019 La Lagune is focused yet nuanced and complex on the nose of blackberry, raspberry, wet clay and light tobacco scents. The medium-bodied palate features fine-grained tannins, good structure and a noticeable marine influence that defines the impressively persistent finish. Everything is in place for one of the best La Lagune releases in recent years. 2025 - 2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2022

The 2019 La Lagune has a finely chiseled bouquet, a mélange of red and black fruit, touches of damp clay, undergrowth and cedar developing with time. These aromatics are very nuanced and deserve time, not impactful but intellectual. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannins. Very linear and correct in style, it feels fresh and sapid, though I would have liked more flair to show through on the saline finish. Still, I like the grip and I suspect it will give 25-30 years drinking pleasure. 2025 - 2050

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

This shows very good concentration of ripe fruit in the center palate with medium body, ripe tannins and a wet-earth, berry and bark aftertaste. Lots of tannins and structure at the end. Solid. From organically grown grapes.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, June 2020

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 La Lagune bursts from the glass with vivacious notes of crushed black and red currants, boysenberries and wild blueberries plus nuances of wild thyme, woodsmoke, cinnamon toast and pencil lead with a touch of crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, the palate is tightly wound, offering loads of very finely stacked black fruit, baking spice and mineral layers with a solid frame of ripe, finely grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long with lots of savory sparks. Shimmering with energy, this 2019 La Lagune is a real head-turner! 2025 - 2047

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020
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