CHATEAU LA LAGUNE 3eme Cru Classe, Medoc 2020 Wooden Case x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Médoc | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Medium Bodied
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
We are very pleased to announce the start of the highly anticipated 2020 Bordeaux En-Primeur campaign, one which promises to be as exciting as it is different in our new post-brexit, mid-covid world.
Not having had the chance to travel to Bordeaux to taste we are very reliant on several key factors namely; pedigree, reputation, consistency and critics and the critics seem to like it.
The La Lagune vineyard is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. The 90 hectare vineyard of Chateau La Lagune usually has 85 hectares of vines planted. 5 hectares are often fallow, waiting for replanting. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel and sand soils. The estate however is much larger, covering 150 hectares. Much of that land is devoted to verdant parkland and forests.
The best parts of the vineyard are found on the plateau of their 4, sloping gravel, hillsides. The peak elevation on the slopes reaches 15 meters. As you might expect, the concentration of the gravel is at the top of the slopes. You find more sand as travel further down the hills onto the flats. They also maintain parcels they purchased in 1964, that are located due east, which is gravel and sand over clay soils. Compared with their neighbors, they have a slightly warmer-micro climate, allowing them to be one of the earlier estates to finish harvesting.
In 2004, the estate began experimenting organic farming on one parcel of vines. Starting in 2008, Chateau La Lagune began a program of Massal selection allowing them to propagate their vineyards with their own material that comes from their best vines. On average, the vines are maintained at more than 40 years of age. The oldest vines are their Petit Verdot. Some of those vines are more than 80 years old. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,666 vines per hectare. Although the density can vary, as some plantings located in Cussac, close to St. Julien are at 10,000 vines per hectare.
To compensate for the lower levels of vine density, they use a higher level of trellising than you find in other vineyards, which helps aid in the photosynthesis and helps reduce yields. The vineyard is farmed using 100% organic farming techniques. Chateau La Lagune earned their certification for organic farming practices starting with the 2016 vintage. They are also certified biodyvin as well
JAMES SUCKLING 93-94 Points
15 Apr, 2021 – "A firm, polished red with tight, focused tannins that flow across the palate. It’s medium-to full-bodied with good length and a gorgeous finish. From organically grown grapes."
DECANTER 93 points
Tasted by Jane Anson (at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
"This comes in strong with both grip and attitude. Some austerity that shows through in the abundant tannic frame, but there is a juiciness that runs through the palate, a sense that it is light on its feet. Liquorice, black chocolate and a spiced tomato leaf adds layers, but things close down on the finish. This is certified organic and in biodynamic conversion. A yield of 30hl/ha. Drinking Window 2028 - 2040."
JANCIS ROBINSON 16.5 points
Drink: 2025 - 2035
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming.
"Very dark with purplish rim. Pure left-bank Cabernet aroma that is both intensely cassis but also with a layer of cedar and a hint of stone-dust minerality. A freshness to the aroma without obvious herbaceousness. Super-fine tannins. Pure and fresh on the palate, a hint of dark chocolate and already showing real elegance in the finesse of the dry almost sinewy tannin texture. Lovely young wine without extremes."
Terms and Conditions:
Delivery - Autumn 2023
Prices - Include Freight, Duty & GST. No further discounts apply
Storage - Free of Charge until 30th April 2024
Allocation - On a first-come-first-served basis.
Payment - As per our normal T&Cs.
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