Always one of Mr Parker's favourites, the 2012 La Lagune follows their tried and tested formula of big, alcoholic, polished, tannic wines. There is a distinct note of wood varnish and a heady aroma of spirit. The core is packed with sweet red and black berries and is quite profound in its concentration and length. I think we will have to give this one the benefit of the doubt; by no means charming at this stage, but there is potential here.
La Lagune is a 3ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of 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.