Chateau La Lagune 2016

Chateau La Lagune 2016

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Under Henry IV, Dutch engineers began draining swamp and marshes around Bordeaux. This is when the estate began. The actual Chateau building began in 1715 and finished in 1734. A that time, the de Seze family owned the estate. The remaining in control for rseveral generations. During the 1855 classification, it was classified as a 3rd growth. Jumping ahead to 1958 when Georges Brunet purchased the etate, there were only 5 heactares of vines. He began a program to restore the property, both by replanting vineyrads and also purchasing neighboring estates. In 1962, he was forced to sell to the Ducellier family. In 1999, the chateau was sold to the Frey Family. Currently Caroline Frey is in control at the Chateau
The 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Lagune usually has 85 hectares of vines planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The Estate is much larger covering nearly 150 hectares.
Wine Advocate: 95
At least for this writer, the 2016 La Lagune is a return to form after their 2015 did not light my fire last en primeur. Lucid purple/black in color, it has a very intense bouquet with blackberries and sloes, whilst maintaining delineation and focus, almost pastille-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, perhaps just a little brittle on the entry, though it is commensurate with others 2016s that I tasted in barrel. I appreciate the focus and the correctness of this La Lagune, notwithstanding the freshness and tension that defines the persistent finish. This is a long-term wine, so do not be afraid to give this four or five years in the cellar. This is an excellent La Lagune, one of the best in recent years.
Decanter: 93
Now certified organic, and converting to biodynamics from this year. It displays a confident weight to the damson fruits that are hugely elegant and well placed. A little closed when tasted on two occasions, and the high Petit Verdot content of this wine is no doubt contributing to its slight austerity at this stage, but it also brings that beautifully welcome whoosh of black fruit spicing. Very good quality, elegant and long-ageing, just a dash below the exceptional 2015.