1988 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #950329 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a very fine La Lagune from the 80s. A deep garnet core with tawny rim, the nose straightlaced with cedar, smoke, a touch of cranberry and a little cracked black pepper. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and solid, firm and stoic, what you might regard as an English gentlemen's claret (if such a person still exists!) Good weight on the austere finish, moderate length with tobacco lingering on the aftertaste. (NM)  (5/2008)

K&L Notes

Now fully mature, the 1988 La Lagune offers a medley of well-integrated 'old school' Medoc tertiary aromas and flavors: dusty minerality, leather, and tobacco leaf mixed with dried currant, herb, and earth spice, held together by inherently well-structured tannins and acid. Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate writes of this Third Growth: "Château La Lagune makes a wine consistent in quality... 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."

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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

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Bordeaux