2011 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I experienced some sample variation with the 2011 La Lagune, but it appears to be outstanding, and one of the better efforts of the vintage. A dark plum/ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of dense, rich black raspberries, black currants, loamy soil and a hint of new oak. Medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, decent acidity and loads of fruit and glycerin presented in a forward, appealing, seductive style, it can be enjoyed over the next decade.
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.
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.
*+ 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. AP: 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.