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.
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.