2014 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
A red with blackcurrant and blueberry character. Hints of wet stones. Medium body, firm tannins and crisp finish. Linear and classy. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château La Lagune 2014 was picked between 22 September is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot with the young plots of Merlot and finishing with the Petit Verdot on 7 October. Proprietor Caroline Fray explained that there is a higher percentage of Cabernet because the Merlot suffered a lot of coulure. They have also replanted some Cabernet on the top of the hill, and these are now ready to go into the Grand Vin (there will probably be a higher level of Cabernet Sauvignon from now on.) It has well-defined bouquet, a little broody at first, but opening with chalky scents, tobacco and a touch of graphite, the higher percentage of Cabernet lending it a Pauillac like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, quite citric acidity but supported by adequate black fruit. This is a classic La Lagune that I think will fill out with barrel maturation (50% new) and turn into a mighty fine La Lagune that will settle at the top of my banded score. (NM)
Sweet tobacco, licorice, cedar and red stone fruits run through the 2014 La Lagune. Medium in body and silky on the palate, the wine offers lovely balance in an understated style. This is quite pretty. (AG)