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La Lagune 2021

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. The property was certified organic in 2016 and is currently working towards biodynamic certification.

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Tasting Notes

A pretty middle-weight, the 2021 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. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, it checks in at a modest 12.5% alcohol. Tasted four times, twice at the château.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 La Lagune was picked from September 23 until October 12, from a biodynamically run vineyard due for certification in 2023, and matured in 50% new oak. It suffered a little frost damage at the beginning of the season but very little mildew. The Cabernet was deleafed and yields controlled (30hL/ha) in order to achieve ripeness. This has plenty of brambly red berry fruit on the nose, along with wild strawberry and tayberry; sous-bois and freshly rolled tobacco scents unfold with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly austere opening, modest depth, noticeable acidity and peppery red fruit toward the finish, which leaves a residual bitterness on the aftertaste. Maybe a little rustic after preceding vintages, this will just need to fill out during élevage.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

The 2021 is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Bright ruby colour. Full of red fruit, cedar and camphor on the nose. There is a woody smoke emerging with air. The palate has a leafy sous bois edge against cool cedary fruit. The tannins are slightly astringent and firm, adding to the overall savoury impression here. Old school.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Fresh and fine with tight-grained, lightly stemmy tannins. Violets, raspberries, currants and orange zest. Medium-bodied, tight and fine. 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 La Lagune reveals expressive notes of baked blackberries, plum preserves and spice cake with hints of oolong tea and menthol. Light to medium-bodied with soft tannins in the mouth, it has a good amount of herbs laced black fruits with a savory finish.

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

Love the beatiful 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. 30hl/h yield. Tasted twice.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Pretty nose with what appears to be a good concentration of fruit. Pure and precise on the palate, the tannins smooth and rounded. Compact and harmonious with adequate mid-palate fruit and length on the finish. Bravo. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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