2019 Château La Lagune: £300 IB per dozenWednesday, 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
"A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 % Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2019 Château La Lagune is a smoking little wine that should be snatched up by readers. Offering loads of gorgeous blue and black fruits, leafy herbs, tobacco, and cedar notes, medium to full body, and present yet ripe tannins, this textured, balanced beauty will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and evolve for 15-20 years or more. It's well worth seeking out and is easily the finest wine I've tasted from this address. Don't miss it. 93-95 points." Jeb Dunnuck, Jun 2020
£300 IB per dozen bottles
Offered en primeur, ex-chateau, due to land in the UK in Spring 2022. Priced in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and onward delivery, payable at the prevailing rate on release from bond. Stock subject to availability, E&OE.