2019 Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc Cru ClasséWednesday, June 24
"...one wine that the market couldn’t benchmark against its 2018 release price was La Lagune, a biodynamic estate whose crop in 2018 was totally wiped out by mildew. Has it been overlooked as a consequence? That would be a mistake as it’ll surely prove to be one of the canniest buys of the vintage."
- Nick Martin, for Jancisrobinson.com on 2019 Bordeaux En Primeur, 24th June 2020
Since 2004 La Lagune has been owned by the Frey family, who also own Jaboulet and Château de Corton André in Burgundy. Caroline Frey (also wine maker at Jaboulet) has led the estate in a brilliantly since that time, building a new winery and converting the vineyards to organic and biodynamic practices, improving fruit quality.
The estate's 90 hectares are to the south of Margaux, planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
2019 Château La Lagune, Haut-Médoc Cru Classé
"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. 94-95 points." James Suckling
"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.
92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous
"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. Drinking Window 2028 – 2040. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter