Returning to the Place de Bordeaux for “the quintessential expression of this terroir”
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in the wine business for almost four decades. It’s almost harder to believe that we’ve been attending Bordeaux’s en primeur tastings each February for the last 25 years — time flies when you’re having fun. In great years, and particularly when the dollar was strong against the French franc, we arrived at this insider’s preview of the preceding harvest with checkbooks in hand, ready to cash in on Robert Parker reviews and accolades.
But this February, as the dollar climbed steadily, we did what we’ve done only once before in our 30+year career as importers: We returned to the Place de Bordeaux to purchase bottles that had been held back and cellared by the château. Of the hundreds of cases of Classified Growth Bordeaux we bought, perhaps the most compelling bargain of all is Robert Parker’s 94- to 96-point powerhouse, the 2009 Château La Lagune.
We’ve been collecting La Lagune since the late 1970s. Always one of the most sophisticated and elegant of the great Médocs, there is absolutely nothing understated about this large-scaled 2009. Parker calls this wine “this beauty,” “a spectacular effort,” “another blockbuster,” and “the quintessential expression of this terroir.” The adjectives the most influential wine critic in history applied include: “gorgeously aromatic, “singular,” “beautiful,” “sumptuous, full-bodied,” and “gorgeous elegance allied to compelling intensity of flavor.” He suggests it will still be going strong in 2047, and we’re not going to argue!
If you never thought a $90 bottle could be a bargain — think again. Rated twice by Robert Parker, a rock-solid 94-96 and 95 points. 300 bottles are up for grabs — direct from the dusty cellars in Bordeaux.