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2021 Chateau La Lagune Reviews



94 Pointz James Suckling


“Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight, and fine.”


92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“A pretty middle-weight, the 2021 Chateau La Lagune offers up inviting aromas of sweet berries and plums mingled with hints of licorice, loamy soil, raw cocoa, and cigar wrapper. Medium-bodied, ample, and succulent, it's fleshy and seamless, with an ample core of fruit, bright acids, and melting tannins.”


92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2021 Chateau La Lagune is a gorgeous, super-expressive wine. The aromatics alone are beguiling. Deep and beautifully layered in the glass, with striking layers of nuance, the 2021 is a knock-out. It should age gracefully for many years to come.”


90 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“The 2021 Château La Lagune is rock-solid, with considerable finesse and elegance as well as medium body, silky, polished tannins, and classic notes of both red and black fruits as well as spicy wood and tobacco. My money is on this ending up being an outstanding wine, and it should have 15+ years of prime drinking.”

Bonus Reviews

France


91 Pointz Jane Anson, Master of Wine Inside Bordeaux


“Love the beautiful sappy blue fruit that runs through the glass here, and there is character and depth through the palate. Silful winemaking with a feeling of precision, and an impressive tannic frame that holds things in place even while the fresh acidities splice through the fruit and brings things to a finish a little abruptly.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


92 Pointz Decanter


“Dark and rich nose, full of hedgerow fruits and subtle perfumed aromas - so captivating. Beautifully layered palate - soft, gentle, and delicate with ripe blackcurrants, black cherries, and plums to the fore, while fine tannins give support to the overall frame. It's certainly on the more delicate side, but this has such vivacious energy and will be lovely to enjoy soon. Also shows a lick of slate and liquorice at the end giving texture and an added flavour dimension, suggesting there is more to this than its initial easy-drinking character. A stellar effort this year.”



2020 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


95 Pointz James Suckling


“A focused and savory red with sleek and tight tannins. Very precise. Medium-bodied with fresh herbs, currants, blackberries, and oyster shells. Stones and dried flowers, too. Fine finish. Tannins are round and complete. Already approachable. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2025.”


95 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“A generous, richly textured wine, this has density as well as layers of black currant fruits. Its power does not detract from its style and swagger—a wine that will develop well. Organic.”

94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2020 Chateau La Lagune has turned out beautifully, offering up aromas of cassis, dark berries, loamy soil, and sweet spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety, layered palate that exhibits excellent depth and concentration structured around powdery tannins, concluding with a perfumed, violet-inflected finish. This is a strong effort and a worthy, somewhat more muscular follow-up to the sensual, charming 2019.”

93 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“Smoky black fruits, tobacco, gravelly earth, and spicy oak all emerge from the 2020 Château La Lagune, one of the most concentrated, structured Haut-Médocs out there. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has terrific overall balance, building tannins, and a great finish. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will evolve for two decades or more if well-stored.”

93 Pointz Vinous


“The 2020 Chateau La Lagune is terrific. Rich, bold, and explosive in the glass, the 2020 offers up a wild array of aromas and flavors. Spice, dried red cherry, cedar, tobacco, and white pepper abound. More than anything, I very much admire the vibrancy and overall energy here. A whole range of floral and savory accents punctuate the finish.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“This comes in strong with both grip and attitude. Some austerity that shows through in the abundant tannic frame, but there is a juiciness that runs through the palate, a sense that it is light on its feet. Liquorice, black chocolate, and a spiced tomato leaf adds layers, but things close down on the finish. This is certified organic and in biodynamic conversion. A yield of 30hl/ha.”


2019 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


This wine is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc.



95 Pointz James Suckling


“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.”


95 Pointz Vinous


“The 2019 Chateau 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.”


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“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.”


94 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“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.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


94 Pointz Decanter


“Full intensity plum colour, highly attractive aromatics that float up as soon as it hits the glass. Clear energy and tension through the body of the wine without the slightest dip in the mid palate. Not the most exuberant of the classified growths but this is seriously good quality, tight cassis, and fine tannins. Organic certified, in conversion to biodynamics.”




2018 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


No Wine Was Produced This Year





2017 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


93 Pointz James Suckling


“A firm and silky young wine with beautiful currants, blackberries, cedar, and tobacco. Full-bodied, juicy and long. Love the lively acidity and freshness to this. Fine tannin structure. Higher percentage of cabernet sauvignon in the blend this year gives it a pretty pureness.”



92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2017 Chateau La Lagune is powerful and dense, but also a bit rough around the edges. Tobacco, game, licorice, smoke, and dried flowers along with big, coarse tannins give the 2017 its decidedly hearty feel. Even so, there is quite a bit of complexity and plenty of personality. The 2017 is not exactly finessed, but it has a lot going on. The 2017 needs time to come together, but it is promising, that is for sure.”


91 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“A brilliant Haut-Médoc, the 2017 Château La Lagune has impressive density and depth as well as medium body, a straight, tight, focused texture, a big mid-palate, and classic dark fruits, tobacco, and earth aromas and flavors. It’s well worth seeking out and will keep for two decades.”


90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Chateau La Lagune has wonderful black raspberries, black cherries, and mulberries scents with an earthy undercurrent and a waft of bay leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with lovely freshness, a soft texture, and plenty of poise.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


92 Pointz Decanter


“This has clear damson flesh to the fruit, a good plummy wine with an elegance and freshness to the tannins. It's good, linear with a precision that you don't find everywhere. This is still not quite at the 2015/16 level of completeness, but delivers from start to finish, and is a wine that should age well. It has a 2001 type of elegance and lift with a tension to the tannins that gives confidence in its ageing ability. Now certified organic, in conversion for biodynamics.”



2016 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


94 Pointz James Suckling


“This is wonderful and perhaps the best Chateau La Lagune since 1982. Full body, yet the texture is amazing giving it a plush, silky texture that makes it formed and beautiful. Thick and melting in the mouth. Lots of forest floor, tar, and black currant character. Very persistent finish. Energy. From organically grown grapes.”


93 Pointz Wine Enthusiast


“One of the big estates in the southern Médoc, this property has produced a rich, balanced wine packed with black-currant fruits and fine, elegant tannins. Drink from 2025.”


92 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“This is a great vintage for this terrific Haut-Médoc estate, and the 2016 Château La Lagune is well worth a case purchase. Complex notes of dark fruits, cedar, cigar tobacco, and hints of saddle leather all flow to a medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced 2016 that has sweet tannins and a great finish. It will keep for 25-30 years.”


92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2016 Chateau La Lagune has a medium garnet-purple color and nose of intense cassis, warm cherries, redcurrants, and spice box with earth and bay leaves in the undercurrent. The medium-bodied, earth-laced palate is plush and lively, finishing long.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


92 Pointz Decanter


“Now certified organic, and converting to biodynamics from this year. It displays a confident weight to the damson fruits that are hugely elegant and well placed. A little closed when tasted on two occasions, and the high Petit Verdot content of this wine is no doubt contributing to its slight austerity at this stage, but it also brings that beautifully welcome whoosh of black fruit spicing. Very good quality, elegant and long-ageing, just a dash below the exceptional 2015.”



2015 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


93 Pointz James Suckling


“Just a hint currant bush on the nose. This is loaded with healthy tannins on the palate that drive the long finish. Quite an uncompromising young wine that will be better from 2020, but the fundamental harmony is very convincing. Full and flavorful.”


92 Pointz Jeb Dunnuck


“Managed by Caroline Frey (of Paul Jaboulet Aîné in the Rhône Valley), the 2015 Château La Lagune is an impressive, elegant, concentrated Haut Médoc that’s going to be even better with short-term cellaring. Cassis, toasty oak, Asian spices, and black tea notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, layered, and lengthy Haut-Médoc. Count me in as a fan and it’s up with the top wines produced from this estate.”

92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2015 Chateau La Lagune is terrific. Powerful and dense on the palate, with big, potent tannins, it will need at least a few years to fully come together. Hints of tobacco, cedar, licorice, and smoke add shades of aromatic nuance. This is a fabulous effort. Don't miss it.


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


94 Pointz Decanter


“The nose is both direct and exotic with Asian spices, then an almost Mediterranean richness of flavour and La Lagune's seductively smooth texture. An exciting wine; a real classic.”


2014 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


93 Pointz James Suckling


“A red with blackcurrant and blueberry character. Hints of wet stones. Medium body, firm tannins, and crisp finish. Linear and classy. Drink or hold.”


92 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“The 2014 Chateau La Lagune is a wine that showed extremely well when I tasted it from barrel. Now in bottle, it has a very well defined, quite intense bouquet with blackberry, cedar, and pencil box aromas—classic in style, demonstrating impressive breeding. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, bright and vivacious black fruit laced with graphite, fine mineralité and it fans out wonderfully on the Pauillac-like finish. You know, I suspect this might even surpass the 2015 La Lagune... let's see. This is excellent.”


92 Pointz Vinous


“The 2014 Chateau La Lagune has a tightly wound bouquet that may have closed down since I last tasted it. It begins to open with blackberry, graphite, and wet limestone scents, quite strict and focused, but very well defined and showing great clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and density with a little chalkiness showing towards the second half. I like the tension and energy, lingering long in the mouth. It will need several years in bottle but it will be worth the wait. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château.”


90 Pointz Wine Spectator


“A brisk, racy, high-toned style, with lilac and pebble notes guiding the core of red currant and cherry pit flavors.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


93 Pointz Decanter


“The 2014 is closed right now - it takes a good 15 minutes to really open, revealing an excellent wine with layers of liquorice and black chocolate alongside some crushed stones with clear minerality on the mouthwatering finish. This is good quality. The tannins now are regularly taking on a weight that was less evident earlier in the lineup, even in bigger vintages, and speaks to the extra work that La Lagune has been doing in vineyard and cellar. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2021 - 2042.”



2013 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


No Wine Was Produced This Year.



2012 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and

15% Petit Verdot.


92 Pointz Vinous


The 2012 Chateau La Lagune has a perfumed, lifted bouquet that is much more dynamic and floral than the 2011: black cherries, raspberry preserve, crushed violet, and a touch of iodine. There is a lot going on here! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine thread of acidity, plenty of spice-tinged red fruit that feels deftly integrated with the oak. It gently fans out towards the second half with impressive composure. This does not have to do too much to impress and the result is a La Lagune imbued with drinkability even at this early stage. Personally, I would afford it another five years in bottle, but I would not blame anyone for broaching this now. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château.”


91 Pointz James Suckling


“Intense nose of blackberries with hints of cedar and spices. Tar, too. This is a full-bodied red with chewy tannins, lovely acidity, and a long, fruity finish. Drink from 2018.”


90 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“This property has been making excellent wines under the administration of Caroline Frey, and 2012 continues their recent success. With a deep ruby/purple color, notes of new saddle leather, graphite, blackcurrants, and black cherries, a supple texture, medium to full body, and beautiful purity, this is an outstanding 2012 to drink over the next 20 years. In general, the blend tends to be approximately 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance 25% Merlot followed by 15% Petit Verdot.”



Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


91 Pointz Decanter


“A great quality 2012, these are pretty serious tannins that are still very much on form, holding the cassis and bilberry fruit together, with clear black pepper and saffron notes filling out the mid palate. Packed with gourmet richness, a lovely wine. 50% new oak.”



2011 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


93 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“I experienced some sample variation with the 2011 Chateau La Lagune, but it appears to be outstanding, and one of the better efforts of the vintage. A dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of dense, rich black raspberries, black currants, loamy soil, and a hint of new oak. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, decent acidity, and loads of fruit and glycerin presented in a forward, appealing, seductive style, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.”


92 Pointz James Suckling


“A balanced and fruity 2011 with mineral, light floral, and berry character. Medium to full body, racy tannins, and a fresh finish. Vibrant for the vintage. Try in 2017.”

91 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Deep, bright ruby-red. Refined aromas of cassis, licorice, menthol, and minerals. Then suave and surprisingly ripe in the mouth, but with well-judged extraction to the flavors of blueberry, graphite, and minerals. Finishes long and fragrant, with vibrant tannins and a lovely floral note.”


90 Pointz Vinous

“The 2011 La Lagune had a difficult task in following up the 2010, but it does its best with more tightly wound red fruit than black. There is just a slight tinny scent that soon dissipates and it offers more attractive scents of orange rind and violet with time. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good weight in the mouth, well balanced with dusky black fruit laced with Earl Grey and a pinch of white pepper. This finishes with grace and elegance. Bon vin. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château.”

Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom


92 Pointz Decanter


Clear dark pepper spice, the Petit Verdot is playing an oversized role. If you just sit with it for a moment and allow the spice to billow over your palate you then get a kick back of mint, concentrated liquorice and a wash of just-juicy-enough black fruit. Good hold and grip, impressive overall, and one that is just about ready to drink now. The austerity keeps things overall subdued, but has charm and character. A yield of 35l/ha. 50% new oak. Drinking Window 2021 - 2038.




2010 Chateau La Lagune Reviews


A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon , 40% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot.


96 Pointz James Suckling


“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% Cabernet Sauvignon , 40% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot.”


94 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 Chateau 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!”

93 Pointz Vinous


“The 2010 Chateau 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. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal.”

92 Pointz Wine Spectator


“This is tangy, with red currant, roasted mesquite, sanguine and tobacco notes. Already shows range and definition, with solid grip.”

91 Pointz Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate


“Deep garnet in color, the 2010 la Lagune springs from the glass with scents of baked plums, boysenberries, and dried mulberries plus touches of underbrush, damp soil, and a medicinal waft. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a good amount of savory, muscular fruit with chewy tannins and an invigorating finish.”


90 Pointz Stephen Tanzer’s

International Wine Cellar


“Bright dark red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, violet, spicy oak, minerals, and dried herbs. Wonderfully tangy and delineated, with excellent thrust and concentration to its blackberry and sweet spice flavors. Still, this comes across as a bit youthfully closed and hiding as much as it's showing today. Finishes long and scented, with substantial but fine tannins. Combining finesse with power, this very impressive Chateau La Lagune ought to age very well, and my guess is that it will develop significant complexity.”


Bonus Reviews

United Kingdom

94 Pointz Decanter


“Brambled menthol and spice, this is elegant and juicy and has plenty of life ahead of it. Showcases the aromatic complexity that comes with age at La Lagune, as the campfire and gunsmoke edging of Cabernet Sauvignon on gravel begins to come to the fore, but the tannins in this excellent vintage remain muscular at 11 years old. 50% new oak. A yield of 30hl/ha.”


17/20 Pointz Jancis Robinson,

Master of Wine


“Fresh cedary, dusty nose, restrained dark fruit but full in the mouth. Finely balanced, fine grained and lovely freshness.”


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