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Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc, Bordeaux wine, Third Growth, producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau La Lagune dates all the way back to the 16th century under King Henri IV. This was at the same time that the Dutch engineers began the modern age for Bordeaux wines when they started draining the water from the marshes and swamps in Bordeaux. By that time, there were several Bordeaux vineyards in the Medoc planting vines and producing Bordeaux wine.

By 1730, Chateau La Lagune was already known for producing Bordeaux wine. The property remained under the ownership of the well known de Seze family for several generations. It was during this time that the beautiful 18th century chateau was built. The chateau was designed by Baron Victor Louis, who earned fame for his design of the Grand Theater in Bordeaux.

During the 1950′s, Chateau La Lagune fell under economic pressure that was caused by the end of the war along with the economic crisis. Plus there was the great frost of 1956, which destroyed a large portion of the vineyards in Bordeaux. In 1958, when George Brunette purchased Chateau La Lagune, very few hectares were still growing vines. In fact, only 5 hectares remained planted with vines! It was George Burnette that began a serious program of replanting Chateau La Lagune. However, George Brunette also took an economic hit during that era. He was soon forced to sell Chateau La Lagune to the Ducellier family of Champagne Ayala.

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In 2000, both Chateau La Lagune and Champagne Ayala were sold to the Frey family. The Frey’s sold Champagne Ayala and bought the legendary estate of Jaboulet in the Rhone, which of course includes the crown jewel of the region, Jaboulet La Chapelle. Aside from their interests in Bordeaux and in Hermitage in the Northern Rhone Valley, the Frey family is also a substantial, but not majority shareholder in the Champagne house of Billecart-Salmon. Starting in 2008 Chateau La Lagune began a program of Massal selection, that will allow them to propagate their vines with their own material that comes from their best vines. In 2014, the Frey family bought Chateau de Corton Andre in the Cote de Beaune area of Burgundy.

Caroline Frey is the manager of Chateau La Lagune, as well as their estate in Hermitage, Jaboulet. In November, 2013, La Lagune purchased the 8.9 hectare estate of Chateau D’Arche, from Mahler Besse. the vineyard of Chateau D’Arche is located in the commune of Ludon, not to far from La Lagune. This purchase made more than economic sense for the property as the vines were once part of La Lagune when the original 1855 Classification took place. Caroline Frey is interested in more than wine. The fashionable Frey is quite the accomplished horse show jumper, with many medals, trophies and ribbons to her credit.

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The 89 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Lagune rests on a terroir of gravel, with sand in their soils. The vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. The vineyard is farmed using 100% organic farming techniques. Chateau La Lagune is in the process of earning their certification for organic practices.

To produce the wine of Chateau La Lagune, the wine is fermented in a total of 72 different, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that vary in size to allow for parcel by parcel vinification. The vats are laid out in a functional and architecturally interesting pattern. The wine is blended before the aging process begins. This is similar to what takes place at Chateau Haut Brion. The wine is aged in between 50% and 60% new French, oak barrels for 18 months. There is a second wine, Moulin de La Lagune, and a third wine as well, Mademoiselle L. Denis Dubourdieu is the wine making consultant. On average, Chateau La Lagune produces between 18,000 and 20,000 cases of Bordeaux wine per vintage.

Chateau La Lagune produces a feminine style of wine that offers aromatic complexity and elegant textures. Even though the chateau is located in the Haut Medoc appellation, the wine could easily be confused with a Margaux wine in blind tastings. Most vintages do not require years before the wine matures. 2005 was the first vintage since 1990 that brought attention back to the property for its beautiful style of Bordeaux wine and a contender for the top wine of the Haut Medoc appellation.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2012 Château La Lagune

    1. Medium bodied, with earthy, red cherries and strawberry accents, elegant in style, this will drink well on release. 88-90 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château La Lagune

    1. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine is medium bodied, focusing on elegant, soft, delicate dark red berries, floral, cherry, coffee bean and earthy notes. Enjoy this wine in its youth, for its clean cherry and floral personalty.

      90 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château La Lagune

    1. Starting to close down, notes of espresso, smoke earth, tobacco, floral, fresh, herbs and earth create the complex aromas. The wine opens to silky fruits with layers of lush, sensuous, ripe black and red berries. Polished and refined, this should develop into one of the best wines from La Lagune.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Medium/full bodied, soft and supple in nature, the wine is filled with ripe, round, polished, sweet black cherries, earth, espresso, flowers, spice and hints of fennel. This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and a healthy does of 10% Petit Verdot should develop well.

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Château La Lagune

    1. Espresso bean, flowers, sweet, ripe cherries, fennel and plum notes open to a sensuous, silky, refined wine of distinction with length, fresh fruits and a long, sweet finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Lush, silky, round and smooth on the palate, the wine offers ample truffle, earth, cassis, 5 spice and perfectly ripe blackberries. The wine ends with a fresh, plum liqueur finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot, this sweet, sexy, silky, lush wine delivers floral, spice fresh plum, vanilla, earth with blackberry aromas. Rich, sensuous and pure, the wine is at the level of quality produced in 2005 as well as 1982. This attention grabbing wine is one of the better values from the Left Bank this year.

      94 points - Tasted
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  5. 2008 Château La Lagune

    1. Soft, silky textures, with a coffee bean, licorice, black raspberry, earthy, floral character and good depth of flavor. Give it a few years to develop even further.

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2007 Château La Lagune

    1. Light in style, fully open, dominated by sweet and tart red berries and feminine textures, this is ready to drink for its spicy, red cherry personality today. I'd opt for drinking this over the next few years.

      88 points - Tasted
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  7. 2006 Château La Lagune

    1. Spice, wet earth, licorice, black cherry and plum notes on the nose. The wine is fresh, tannic and a little dry in the mouth at this point. Give this a couple of years and it should be even better.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Black and red fruit are found in abundance along with fresh herbs, smoke, spice and ripe black raspberries. Medium bodied and elegant in style, this is already starting to drink well.

      90 points - Tasted
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  8. 2005 Château La Lagune

    1. If they were giving out awards for the most elegant wine in the Haut Medoc, La Lagune would step up to the podium and give their acceptance speech. The wine is not about depth of color, tannin or concentration, it's about balance, elegance and a fair price. It reminds me of a Margaux, which it should as it's located next door. With a black raspberry, spice, earth and dark cherry nose, this charming wine opens to soft tannins and round textures. This wine will drink well young, yet it should age for 25-years.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2004 Château La Lagune

    1. With a nose of tobacco, earth, licorice, blackberry and truffle, the wine is medium bodied, finesse styled, open and drinking today.

      91 points - Tasted
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  10. 2003 Château La Lagune

    1. Quite charming, with its supple textures, floral, earth, tobacco and cherry filled nose ending with soft, sweet, black raspberries. This is drinking in the sweet spot today.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Quite charming, evolved and delivering all its charms, tobacco, earth, spice, cassis, plum, coffee bean, smoke and jam notes ope to a medium/full bodied, soft, feminine, wine that is probably close to its peak.

      90 points - Tasted
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  11. 2000 Château La Lagune

    1. Light in color, medium bodied and bright in personality, this lighter, red berry, earthy and tobacco filled wine requires drinking sooner than later.

      87 points - Tasted
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  12. 1999 Château La Lagune

    1. Fully mature, tobacco, earth, cassis, mushroom and spice scents open to a medium bodied, soft textured, light wine, that ends with red berries, olives and herbs.

      88 points - Tasted
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  13. 1990 Château La Lagune

    1. My last bottle from the original case. All 12 were great! Fully mature, with scents of tobacco, flowers, spice, blackberry and cassis, this soft textured wine will not awards for concentration. But it earns kudos for elegance and charm. This should be consumed by 2015 as it will probably start to decline by then.

      92 points - Tasted
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  14. 1989 Château La Lagune

    1. Still going strong, this black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and floral scented wine was a treat to experience. Very elegant in style, medium bodied with ample ripe, black and red fruit in the finish awarded a lot of pleasure at 20 years of age.

      91 points - Tasted
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  15. 1982 Château La Lagune

    1. Fully mature, medium bodied with flowers, cherry, truffle, tobacco, spice and earth on the nose. Elegant and refined,with a soft, pure, spicy, red berry finish, there is no reason to hold this any longer.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. The wine offered scents and flavors of red fruits with a nice little spicy note. This was a good wine, easy to like and easy to understand. But a bit on the light side.

      91 points - Tasted
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