2011 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1154348 92 points James Suckling

 I like the raspberry and blueberry character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body with racy tannins and fresh finish. Fine texture to this for the vintage Needs a few years to soften. Try in 2017.  (2/2014)

89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, bright ruby-red. Refined aromas of cassis, licorice, menthol and minerals. Then suave and surprisingly ripe in the mouth, but with well-judged extraction to the flavors of blueberry, graphite and minerals. Finishes long and fragrant, with vibrant tannins and a lovely floral note.  (5/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot possesses some elevated tannin, but also an impressively saturated dark ruby/plum color, notes of vanillin, black currants and forest floor, and a medium-bodied, well-endowed personality. Cellar it for several more years and enjoy it over the following 10-15 years. It will not make anyone forget La Lagune’s 2009 or 2010, but it is a solid effort for the vintage.  (4/2014)

Wine Spectator

 On the crunchier side, with slightly snappy acidity and damson plum and currant fruit. Enough spice fills in on the finish to give it a full feel.  (4/2012)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2014 | Send Email
Caroline Frey is an amazing and beautiful woman who seems to effortlessly juggle being a new mom and making great wine. Tons of black licorice, dark black fruits and a subtle hint of chocolate, with a full, rich body that doesn't seem too heavy or tannic.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2014 | Send Email
*+ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Blackberry aromas and flavors. Very good balance and sweet flavors on the palate. Lovely. Trey: Bright red fruits. A leaner style, but very pretty. Elegant.

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