1970 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #950039 93 points James Suckling

 I found this in a wine bar in Tokyo as well. This is a fascinating red that starts off slightly musty and earthy - reductive. It was decanted before serving. But after about five to ten minutes in the decanter, it starts to show flowers and dried berry character with spices. It even has hints of custard. It's full to medium body, with fine tannins and a fresh and beautiful finish. It's balanced and beautiful right now. I remember drinking this numerous times in Paris in the late 1980s and it had similar balance. A timeless and pretty wine.  (2/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1970 La Lagune is still surprisingly firm, but, I believe, fully mature. It has a dark ruby color, a big, plummy, woodsy, and mushroom-like bouquet, full-bodied, deep, concentrated, berryish fruit flavors, good tannins, and a long finish. This is a fine La Lagune that falls just short of being outstanding....Last tasted, 1/91 (from a magnum).  (1/1998)

Wine Spectator

 Medium ruby-garnet; fragrant, tarry, ripe, toasty nose; firm, fruity, fairly plump and stylish, though not big.  (5/1993)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux