2000 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1013666 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium ruby. Blackberry, espresso and spicy oak on the nose. Pliant, fairly rich flavors of black fruits and licorice. Finishes with lush tannins, a note of melting Valrhona chocolate and good length. (ST)  (6/2001)

Vinous

 The 2000 La Lagune was the first vintage to use a sorting table. It has a clean and expressive bouquet with redcurrant jam and raspberry preserved mixed with gravel and tobacco scents, nicely defined if not overly complex. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, tightly wound black fruit tinged with tar and sea salt. (NM)  (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Pretty berry, chocolate and vanilla character, with medium body, fine tannins and a silky finish, a very good wine. (JS)  (3/2003)

K&L Notes

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot. Here and in the Southern Medoc, Cabernet Franc did well in 2000. Perhaps because of the slightly warmer temperatures and longer sun hours in this region. At La Lagune, which translated means "a pond", the water table is quite high (only one meter down) so that drought years don't present much of a problem for the grapes' nourishment. A perfumed nose of vanilla oak and black fruits. Some black licorice flavors. A classic style - pure and delicious.


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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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