2004 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1049526 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The freshness of 2004 is the hallmark of this deliciously ripe but elegant wine. It is packed with juicy red berry fruits, giving richness but vibrant acidity.  (6/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A sleeper of the vintage, this sexy, charming, Burgundian-styled wine offers fleshy black cherry notes intermixed with camphor, flowers, and pain grille. Supple tannin, velvety texture, and luscious aromatics as well as flavors result in an alluring claret to drink over the next 12-14 years. (RP)  (6/2007)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 15% petit verdot; all of the fruit was in by September 29 except for the cabernet) Medium ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate and licorice. Supple, sweet and suave, with dark berry, violet and licorice flavors enlivened by bright acidity. Firm tannic spine gives this wine a youthful austerity. But this offers a good combination of floral, sexy fruit, chocolatey ripeness and solid backbone. Quite Margaux-like. (ST)  (6/2005)

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