2003 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1024053 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Thankfully, this wonderful estate, which provided me with many memorable drinking experiences in the 1970s and 1980s, has rebounded from a period of mediocrity. The 2003 and 2004 offerings from La Lagune are the finest back-to-back vintages they have produced in over fifteen years. Kudos to the Frey family, who also purchased the Rhone Valley flagship firm of Paul Jaboulet-Aine in 2005. Their daughter, Caroline Frey, is the oenologist at La Lagune. The sexy, up-front, evolved 2003 La Lagune exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue as well as big nose of cedar, spice box, black cherry jam, licorice, and smoke. Savory, broad, ripe, and low in acidity, it is a total hedonistic and intellectual turn-on. Enjoy it now or cellar it for 15+ years. It is unquestionably the finest La Lagune since 1982. Bravo!  (4/2006)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A big chunky wine which still has grace and elegance along with the power. This is an excellent performance from a property which is worth watching.  (6/2004)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby-red. Sappy aromas of blueberry, black cherry and licorice, with some suggestions of surmaturite Suave and silky on entry, then rich and rather elegant in the middle, with dark berry flavors showing a restrained sweetness. This stylish La Lagune opens out nicely toward the back, finishing with building tannins, some toasty oak and very good length.  (6/2004)

Wine Spectator

 A good wine with berry, herb and cherry character. Medium body, medium tannins and a clean finish. Best after 2007.  (3/2006)

K&L Notes

Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. Steely aromas and old school flavors. Has good sweetness on palate. 12000 cases. Cassis and red fruit. More purity of fruit, depth and richness than we've ever seen from this fine property. This could be a value. .5*" (04/04)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/6/2010 | Send Email
This was a hit at the Hollywood Bordeaux Tasting in November. More elegant than ripe this wine was more medium bodied with spice and herbs on the nose. On the palate lots of ripe red fruit with cedar and oak in the background. The elegant finish of herbal flavors and cherry will make you open a second bottle. This is a lovely wine from a classified 3rd growth is really a steal at $40.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2009 | Send Email
Soft, sweet cherry fruit with delicate inner mouth floral aromas and very good balance, especially for the vintage. Useful wine reminder - you can't always pre-judge a wine based on its vintage! While this is ripe, it is still quite balanced and possessing enough of interest to keep this intrepid drinker in to this bottle.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2009 | Send Email
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I'm always excited to taste Bordeaux, and when I saw that the 2003 La Lagune was opened I was very excited to get to see how this wine was progressing. If this wine is any indication of what the 2003 Bordeaux vintage has to offer down the road, then we are all in for a treat. The 2003 La Lagune was excellent! A sumptuous ruby red in the glass followed by aromas of red berries, volcanic rock and slight nuances of mocha-laced oak. On the palate, the wine displayed amazing balance and complexity with rich, satisfying red fruit nicely balanced by fine tannins. This wine has a front, mid and back palate presence with surprising depth of fruit, complexity and power. This wine far exceeded my expectations and will definitely be included in my next purchase.
Drink from 2009 to 2019

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2009 | Send Email
Located just north of Bordeaux itself, across from Château Cantemerle, the wines here often evoke the elegance of nearby Margaux. The 2003 is typical of the best of the vintage, sweet and richly textured with soft tannins. At less than $40, the wine is a superb value in a Troisième Cru Classé that can be enjoyed tonight.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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