Château La Lagune, 3ème Cru Classé, Haut Médoc, 2005

  Château La Lagune

The Frey family, Swiss bankers with a taste for fine wines, have this year added Rhone producer Jaboulet to their portfolio of wine holdings, which has also included Chateau La Lagune since the 1960’s. They clearly have a sharp eye for unexploited potential and one hopes that Jaboulet will benefit to the same extent that La Lagune has. The wines from this expansive vineyard in Ludon, at the southern end of the Médoc, have become steadily oakier, darker and more structured since the mid-nineties, and the prices have also become more serious, but there is a discernible house style, and a real elegance, charm and character that remains, all of which explains the huge popularity of this wine. The 2005 is deep purple, almost black. It shows strength on the nose, ripe berries and flowers, sweet blackcurrant fruit on the palate with grippy tannins that lead to a long, very smooth finish. Very good.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Lagune

La Lagune is a 3ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Haut-Médoc.

Appellation: Haut Médoc

The Haut Medoc is a sub region of the Medoc, which covers some 4,643 hectares and incorporates communes such as St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Given the size of this appellation, there are a variety of different terroirs including clay, chalk and gravel. Most famous estates within the Haut Medoc defer to their more specific appellations, however, there are five classified growths that belong to the generic Haut Medoc AOC, The most famous being La Lagune and Cantemerle. Jean Gautreau’s Sociando Mallet is another noteworthy Haut Medoc estate.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.