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2020 Chateau La Lagune Haut Medoc

Regular price $54.98

94 Wine Advocate - The 2020 La Lagune has turned out beautifully, offering up aromas of cassis, dark berries, loamy soil and sweet spices, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety, layered palate that exhibits excellent depth and concentration structured around powdery tannins, concluding with a perfumed, violet-inflected finish. This is a strong effort and a worthy, somewhat more muscular follow-up to the sensual, charming 2019.

93 Jeb Dunnuck - Smoky black fruits, tobacco, gravelly earth, and spicy oak all emerge from the 2020 Chateau La Lagune, one of the most concentrated, structured Haut-Medocs out there. Medium-bodied on the palate, it has terrific overall balance, building tannins, and a great finish. It needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and will evolve for two decades or more if well-stored.

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Situated just 15 kilometers from the city of Bordeaux, Château La Lagune boasts a rich history dating back to the 16th century. The estate was established at around the same time that Dutch engineers started draining the water from the marshes and swamps that previously occupied the Medoc. The handsome chateau itself was designed by Baron Victor Louis (famous for designing Bordeaux’s Grand Theater), and constructed between 1715 and 1734. The vineyards of the estate were first planed in 1724. In the century that followed, the chateau changed hands several times, passing from one family to another, but continuing to produce Bordeaux wine of quality. In the classification of 1855, La Lagune earned the title of Third Classified Growth, and was purchased by the Seze family a few decades later.

Having suffered considerably due to World War II, the economic crisis and the great frost of 1956, the chateau was in serious need of attention by the time Georges Brunet acquired it. Brunet invested significantly in the property, replanting the vineyard and increasing its size by purchasing the adjacent Petit La Lagune vineyard. Brunet also renovated the winery and renamed the estate’s First Wine “Grand La Lagune” to “Chateau La Lagune.” By the early 1960’s, however, Brunet fell upon hard times and sold the chateau to the Ayala Champagne House. It was acquired in 1999 by the Frey family, who also currently own Maison Jaboulet in the Rhone Valley and significant shares in the Bollinger Champagne House.

 

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  • Unless your delivery address is on the West Coast, we strongly discourage you from selecting “Ground Service” as your shipping method. During the winter and summer months, weather conditions (temperature) and longer delivery times can often result in the spoilage of your order. It doesn’t make sense to invest in fine wines and then take the chance of ruining them due environmental factors during transit (faster and safer delivery generally isn’t much more expensive). We don’t make an additional profit on accelerated delivery, but we frequently recommend faster shipping options to our customers outside the West Coast.
  • You must be 21 years of age to order or receive alcoholic beverages.  Any shipments containing alcoholic beverages are sent with an “Adult Signature Required” sticker, and the common carrier that delivers our merchandise is required to ask and check for identification upon delivery. This means that an adult will have to be present at the time of delivery.  Please consider shipping to an office address.
  • During periods of extreme weather, we attempt to ship wines at the beginning of each week in order to get shipments to you before the weekend. This is because we have no control over the temperature conditions at our freight carriers’ warehouses. The result may be that your shipment doesn’t go out the day that you place an order.
  • We ship by Fedex or Fedex Ground. Our prices include packaging materials. Insurance may be available for an additional charge.
  • Vintage Wine Merchants, Inc. will arrange for shipment on behalf of the buyer, to an address specified by the buyer, provided that Vintage Wine Merchants, Inc. in its sole judgment believes that such shipment will not subject Vintage Wine Merchants, Inc. to the risk of any sort of legal action or other harm. If a buyer lives in a state where the direct shipment of wine by Vintage Wine Merchants, Inc. violates the law, we suggest that the buyer provide an alternative address in another state or have their wine shipped to a third-party storage facility in a direct shipping-friendly state.
  • Various states impose limitations on the quantity of alcoholic beverages that may be purchased and brought into their jurisdiction by a purchaser from another state without requiring the purchaser, a seller or shipper to possess certain licenses or permits. Vintage Wine Merchants, Inc. does not, as a condition of sale, assume any obligation nor bear any responsibility whatsoever for applying or obtaining any permits or licenses. Therefore, we recommend that you investigate the possibility of such limitations, and determine the manner in which alcoholic beverages shall be brought into your state from California, so as to comply with all of your state’s requirements.
  • Wine shipping rules in the United States are controlled by the state you live in. We do not ship wine to the following states at this time:
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List Updated 2/1/2023
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Vintage Wine Merchants
377 Santana Row, Suite 1135
San Jose, CA 95128
408-260-1115

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