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New Bordeaux Arrivals: 2009 La Lagune, 2010 Gloria - 11/30/2019 - Red Bordeaux

Hailing from two of the most celebrated vintages in recent history, the 2009 La Lagune and 2010 Gloria is a pair of excellent Bordeaux finds any collector would be lucky to have. James Suckling awarded the 2009 La Lagune 96 points while calling the wine “complex and exceptional.” Capturing all the best aspects of this historic vintage, it is a rich and layer affair that amazes at every twist and turn. The 2010 Gloria is every bit as impressive with Robert Parker proclaiming loudly: “The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Médoc were ever done again.” Their time in bottle has served these wines well, as they have shed the awkward edges of youth and blossomed into intriguing and hedonistically satisfying reds. Back-vintage Bordeaux of this caliber often runs into the $100s, making the value here pretty remarkable. You can enjoy this pair now or cellar away for another decade or more. We feel fortunate to offer such impressive wine for so little.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2010 Gloria, St-Julien 93 $79.99 View
2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc 96 $84.99 View


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2010 Gloria, St-Julien ($79.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for. (RP)" (02/2013)

K&L Notes: 94 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The outstanding Gloria 2010 has a lovely bouquet with ripe blackberry, briary, cedar and tobacco fruit that is very precise. The palate is medium-bodied, the tannins exerting a gentle but insistent grip. This is very well balanced and focused with superbly integrated oak on the satisfying finish. Great out of barrel, great in bottle, this is a Saint Julien that has really upped its game in recent vintages. Tasted January 2014."

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 12, 2015

Our favorite Gloria in many years. And the price is better than ever.

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2009 La Lagune, Haut-Médoc ($84.99)

96 points James Suckling: "Fabulous aromas of licorice, flowers and blackcurrants follow through to a full body with wonderful silky and caressing tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Its complex and exceptional. Better in 2018 but so enjoyable to taste and drink now." (03/2015)

93-96 points Wine Spectator: "Floral and precise fruit, with blackberry-skin character and mineral undertones. Full-bodied, with superfine tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Long and tight. Racy. Lovely texture. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot. This property is really on a roll now, delivering racy and structured reds; it gives much more freshness and character to the wine. (JS, Web Only-2010)"

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It is not unusual that the 2009 La Lagune is a spectacular effort given the fact that this estate has been making terrific wines over the last decade or more. It boasts a dense purple color as well as a beautiful perfume of blueberries, mulberries, cassis, white chocolate and subtle toasty oak. Notes of Chinese black tea, cedarwood and forest floor also make an appearance in the singular aromatic and flavor profiles. This sumptuous, full-bodied La Lagune possesses low acidity, abundant but ripe, sweet tannin and a long, 45-second finish. Give this beauty 5-7 years of bottle age and drink it over the following three decades. (RP)" (02/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep, bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of currant, underbrush, leather and toasty oak. Plush, seamless and sweet; full-bodied but not heavy. Pliant flavors of currant, plum and earth expand to fill the mouth. Finishes with broad, fine tannins and sneaky building length. Classic Old World claret from a ripe year: velvety, sweet and long. (ST)" (07/2012)

92 points Vinous: "The 2009 La Lagune was showing some reduction on the nose but it eventually blows off and so decant this for one to two hours if opening soon. It has a powerful nose with plenty of ripe red and black fruit with maybe just a hint of over-maturity when compared to the 2010 La Lagune. There is something a little feral here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, tons of quite spiced black fruit laced with bay leaf, black tea and a pinch of white pepper. It leads to a grippy and nicely structured finish that lingers long in the mouth. Tasted at the La Lagune vertical at the château. (NM)" (04/2018)

Jancis Robinson: "Tasted blind. Blackish-purplish crimson. Heady with a hint of sweet oak. Proper savoury left-bank claret with an overlay of the ripeness of the vintage. This tastes almost like Pichon Lalande! Very well made. Long. (JR) 17/20 points" (02/2019)

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 12, 2016

Absolutely delicious. Cassis, cocoa and woodsy. It is ripe but perfectly balanced with the tannin and acidity in the right place. It is soft and elegant.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 29, 2013

The high proportion of Petit Verdot really lifts this wine. Tons of black licorice on the nose and palate. Lush wine, but it has good grip. Fresh and vibrant. I love this wine-it is so pure and seamless.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 23, 2013

If you are looking for great 2009 Bordeaux for your cellar, the 2009 La Lagune Haut Medoc should be at the top of your list. This property sits in the southern part of the Haut-Medoc and routinely out does its neighbors in Margaux with its generous, ethereal aromatics. This 2009 is concentrated, but the power is only part of the story. For me it is the overall balance and finesse of this classic claret that makes it so noteworthy- all it needs is time!