2013 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

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According to Wine Advocate: "Although the name implies that the estate is located in close proximity to a "lagoon", this is not so. It sits atop the highest croupe in Ludon, 15 metres above sea-level with 71.23 hectares under vine with 60 hectares in a single block. The topsoil is sandy/gravel in composition, known as mindelian gravel, with a Quaternary gravel subsoil (similar to the soil profile found in the Graves region.) The particular terroir at La Lagune is blessed by good drainage. The grape varietals are 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and a comparatively high 10% of Petit Verdot, all planted with an average vine- density of 6,500 per hectare. Château La Lagune makes a wine consistent in quality and off-vintages such as the 1992 can be surprisingly good. This is quite a masculine wine with all that new oak and petit verdot and can be somewhat solid, sturdy and tannic in its youth...most vintages have exhibited a dense nose packed with black earthy fruits with a well-balanced and well-structured palate that demands on at least 5 years aging in order to allow all that oak to become fully integrated. This is always reasonably priced upon release and would is a wine that has thankfully remained in the domain of the wine-lover rather than the wine-investor." (NM, Producer Profiles)

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