Tasted from a 3-liter, the 1989 La Lagune was just singing! Still lively ruby colored with beautiful, classic notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, underbrush, and a touch of gamey meats, this medium-bodied, supple, elegant wine still packs plenty of sweet fruit, resolved tannin, and outstanding length. I would expect it to be more evolved from 750ml bottles, as even from this larger format it’s fully mature. It’s an elegant, classy Haut-Médoc that’s drinking at point.
I have always enjoyed the 1989 La Lagune. At first I thought it was marginally superior to the 1990, but they are essentially equivalent in quality, although the 1989 possesses less fat, and a more ruggedly tannic structure. The color is a healthy dark ruby, and the wine offers up a smoky, sweet vanillin, jammy berry-scented nose with aromas of weedy tobacco. The wine is medium-bodied, with excellent purity and richness, and gobs of red and black currant fruit nicely dosed with new oak. The wine's grip is more noticeable than in the 1990, and the finish more attenuated, but still impressively long. (RP)
An extremely friendly '89. Good dark-ruby color. Seductive aromas of berries, flowers and vanilla. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a berry, coconut and milk chocolate aftertaste.--1989 Bordeaux horizontal. (JS)
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