2008 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1071625 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the most beautiful wines of the vintage, the dark ruby/purple-colored La Lagune exhibits sweet cassis, camphor, truffle and white chocolate notes presented in a dense, medium to full-bodied, silky textured personality. Filled with purity, finesse, elegance and authoritative flavor intensity, this 2008 is already drinkable and should continue to evolve for 15+ years. (RP)  (5/2011)

92 points James Suckling

 This fruity and spicy with raspberry and pepper character. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Bright acidity. Just starting to be ready to drink. Drink or hold.  (3/2015)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Full, fleshy and not in the least way wanting for ripeness, the 2008 La Lagune is a deep and impressively stuffed wine that is among the best we have ever tasted from this estate. It is rife with blackcurrants yet shows nuanced minerally notes and a fair streak of rich oak, and, if overtaken by a full raft of gruff, young Cabernet tannins, it never lets go of its wonderfully well-defined fruit. It may be flashy right now, but it requires a good eight to ten of years of aging to show its best.  (3/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 10% petit verdot): Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of cassis, blackberry, chocolate, coffee bean and violet. Pure, fine-grained and vibrant, with dark berry, herb, pepper and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes with suave but firm tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Classic, elegant and energetic wine with the spine to age. An impressive La Lagune. (ST) 91+  (8/2011)

90 points Vinous

 The 2008 La Lagune has a forward and quite intense bouquet with blackberry, tobacco, cooked meat with hints of white pepper and then later, pressed rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well knit together with neatly integrated and judicious use of oak. There is a gentle but firm grip on the palate, hints of allspice, sea salt and a chalkiness to the tannins towards the finish, suggesting that this will benefit from another couple of years in bottle. Good potential. (NM)  (2/2018)


 Black-red, pure blackcurrants on the nose, dense but lifted and suave flavours, seductive style yet great length and lovely polished tannins. Drink 2014-22. (Four stars and 17.5 points)  (4/2009)

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