2010 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (6L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1072787 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another great success from proprietress Caroline Frey, the 2010 La Lagune provides an essential drinking experience, with notes of Asian plum sauce, mulberries, kirsch liqueur and black currants. The wine also exhibits a savory, rich smokiness and subtle lead pencil shaving notes. Full-bodied and pure, combining both elegance and power, this is a brilliant, very approachable effort that should hit its stride in 5-7 years and last for at least two decades. Think of it as a hypothetical blend of the 2005 and 2009. Kudos!  (2/2013)

92-93 points James Suckling

 What a lovely texture to the wine, with super soft and supple tannins and blackberry and currant character. Round and juicy. One of the softest and most supple 2010s. It tastes more like a 2009 in style.  (4/2011)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 This is tangy, with red currant, roasted mesquite, sanguine and tobacco notes. Already shows range and definition, with solid grip. (Web Only- 2011)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 10% petit verdot; 13.8% alcohol) Bright dark red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, violet, spicy oak, minerals and dried herbs. Wonderfully tangy and delineated, with excellent thrust and concentration to its blackberry and sweet spice flavors. Still, this comes across as a bit youthfully closed and hiding as much as it's showing today. Finishes long and scented, with substantial but fine tannins. Combining finesse with power, this very impressive La Lagune ought to age very well, and my guess is that it will develop significant complexity.  (6/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Fresh cedary, dusty nose, restrained dark fruit but full in the mouth. Finely balanced, fine grained and lovely freshness. 17/20 points.  (4/2012)

K&L Notes

*½. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

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Staff Image By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2013 | Send Email
Integrated, fresh, pure fruit. Perfect tannins. At UGC: Lovely, creamy red fruit. **

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
This could easily be a 'must-buy' or 'best value' for how it over-delivers in quality relative to its price. Big and bold, with deep red fruit and spice. Very long on the entry, with a rich, smooth finish. Super.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
An impressive wine that is right up there with some of the best of the vintage. Full of bright red fruits, this wine smells of crushed berries and Asian spice. Very fresh and pure.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2013 | Send Email
This is substantial and solidly built, with a deep middle of thick, dark fruit and abundant but very ripe tannins on the finish. Concentrated and hearty, yet with wonderful equilibrium and balance, this will be interesting to taste in a year.

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