La Lagune was already an important estate in the late 16th century, but it was not until the 18th century that it developed as a wine estate with a ‘chartreuse’ (mansion) built between 1730 and 1734; and in 1855 La Lagune reached the exclusive distinction of classified growths to achieve the status of Third Grand Cru. In 1886, La Lagune passed into the hands of the de Seze family who held it until 1956 when George Brunette arrived and launched La Lagune back to her former glory before passing his stewardship onto the owners of the Champagne House of Ayala in 1964.
The year 2000 saw the Frey family arrive as the new owners of La Lagune. Having invested substantially in rejuvenating vineyards and building a state of the art chai, La Lagune has once again been elevated to an estate of exception and excellence led by oenologist, Caroline Frey.
Giving both youthful and feminine lustre to this historical estate, Caroline ascended the ranks amongst Bordeaux’s rising stars with her outstanding 2004 vintage. Her philosophy of producing wines of harmony, of finesse, which speak of terroir above power, substance and winemaking style have achieved great improvements in the wines of La Lagune which, today, are considered seamless.
The Grand Vin ‘Château La Lagune’ is a wine of elegance and balance, two features which typify the Great Bordeaux wines. Caroline has added freshness, harmony and a touch of femininity to those descriptors and has given La Lagune true personality that is recognised by oenologists and wine critics alike.
From vine to bottling, the second wine ‘Moulin de La Lagune’ is prepared with the very same concern for perfection as the Grand Vin – only the blend varies. In essence the Moulin is a little richer in Merlot than the Château with about 40% on average followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Moulin de La Lagune is matured in exclusively French oak, of which 20% is renewed each year.
Since 2004, the La Lagune team have been developing a new cuvee: Mademoiselle L. Produced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and originating from a sandy-gravelly hilltop of the same geological origins as La Lagune, Mademoiselle L wines display that same elegance.
Winemaker: Caroline Frey
Château La Lagune