Moulin de la Lagune 2007
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Producer: Haut Médoc, 2nd Growth
The history of La Lagune, once known as Grand La Lagune, begins in at least the 17th Century. The origins of the name are uncertain; a common suggestion is that it is derived from a nearby lagoon (lagune in French) although there is no evidence that such a body of water ever existed anywhere near the chateau, and so the name remains a mystery. Today the estate is in the ownership of the Frey family, who acquired Champagne Ayala (and thus La Lagune) in 2000, subsequently selling the Champagne house to Bollinger in order to fund their acquisition of the Rhône négociant firm Jaboulet, which had been floundering since the death of its patriarch, Gérard. The second wine of this estate is absolutely a classic example of a fantastic wine. 40% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Each was fermented separately. Once blended the wine was aged in French oak barrels, 20% of which were new. The wine is bright ruby red with notes of crushed red fruits on the nose. A good attack on the palate with a supple mouthfeel and well rounded tannins on the finish.