Chateau Lague Fronsac 2012
We visited Lague on a warm fall morning this past November. The leaves all around the Dordogne had just turned color and the vineyards looked like a sea of bright yellow and orange. A gorgeous blue sky and brilliant sun seemed to illuminate the whole place. The scene speaks volumes to the wines at Lague--colorful, bright, explosive, and memorable.
Lague operates under the stewardship of Arnaud Roux-oulie, and has a unique history. It was part of an estate established in 1746 by Louis-François Duplessis, Duke de Richelieu, nephew of Cardinal Richelieu. He was the Marshal of France and a great lover of the wines of Fronsac. He held sumptuous festivities at this remarkable chateau situated on one of the highest hilltops in the region. Panoramic views were enjoyed and the vineyards sloped down, covering the hillsides.
This alone raised the prestige of Fronsac wines to the equal of the great growths in the neighboring regions. Today the vineyards cover some 14 acres and average 30-40 years of age. Merlot and Cabernet Franc are planted. ;
Lague 2012 is predominately Merlot with just about 5% Cabernet Franc added for a bit of structure. It is rich, full, and dense from aging in barrel for a few years. We think the wine has enough "stuffing" to drink now but cellar easily until after 2020.
A really, really lovely bottle of wine for the price!