Though La Lagune is listed as a wine from the Haut Médoc, I have always thought of it as really a wine from Margaux, as it lies just outside of the communal boundary there and stylistically, shares much with the wines of Margaux. The 1982 vintage of La Lagune remains the very finest year I have ever tasted from this consistently outstanding property. Today the wine is drinking at its apogee, but still has decades and decades of life ahead of it, with the superb bouquet offering up scents of black cherries, cassis, French roast, cigar ash, some gently roasted fruit elements, dark soil and a touch of toasty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and absolutely velvety on the attack, with a sappy core, lovely focus and grip and a long, meltingly tannic and opulent finish.
Unquestionably the greatest La Lagune until the 2005 was conceived, the 1982 exhibits a dense ruby/purple-tinged color along with a big, sweet bouquet of black cherries, licorice, smoky toast, and forest floor, a plush, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and sweet tannin. It is close to full maturity, and should keep for another decade. (RP)
Good red-ruby color. Expressive, slightly funky, Burgundian aromas of red raspberry, redcurrant, cherry, smoked meat, coffee and earth. At once dense and penetrating; rich but uncompromisingly dry, with lovely clarity of flavor. Long, resounding finish offers excellent grip. A superb vintage for this chateau. (A second sample showed somewhat more candied aromas of cherry, red fruits, leather and smoked meat; a lush, sweet palate, and considerable inner-mouth flavor nicely framed by ripe acids. I gave this very likable bottle the same score of 91.
Very dark garnet-red, with an inky center. Ripe berry and tobacco aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with tobacco, raspberry and light toasted oak flavors. Silky finish. Outstanding... (JS)
Intense cassis nose. Extremely classic, delicate nose - not at all over the top, just extremely elegant with some mineral notes. Great nose, Initially it seemed a little lean on the palate but with time it opened up to something gloriously sweet and broad. When we returned to this wine at the end of dinner, even after the magnificent La Mission, it was still captivating. Something featherlight and Lafite-like about it. What a bargain for those who bought it en primeur. (JR)
The 1982 La Lagune has a really lovely bouquet possessing much more fruit than the 1978, as you would expect. Here, crushed strawberries dally with raspberry and overripe oranges in a glass vase on a summer’s day, fresh mint emerging with time and all with wonderful definition. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin. There is just a little graininess underneath the carapace of red and black fruit mixed with truffle and sage, fanning out gently towards the black pepper and tobacco stained finish. Drink and enjoy right now. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château. (NM)
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