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Chateau Lagrange 2008, 2010, 2011

No other ink needs to be spilt on Chateau Lagrange 2008. The blackberry and pu erh tea aroma and flavours of the 2008 Lagrange left the Team with a significant impression. It has a core of ripe, generous black fruit from the riper merlot with integrated tannins; this is a well-made, impressive wine and showed Chateau Lagrange’s capabilities in an otherwise average vintage(almost like frozen and limited fruit). This neat and clean style, endowed by Emile Peynaud, Marcel Ducasse and Bruno Eynard, stands Lagrange out from other wines from the same St. Julien Appellation, including Talbot, Beychevelle, St Pierre, Gloria, etc. Scores are RP93, NM92, and Dcanter92.

Deep rubied with a tight pink rim, 2010 has the right balance of tension(structure) and elegance(poise, finesse). The house style is almost unmistakable, with, for this vintage, a sleek and saline touch that gives excellent value. surely a wine to keep for some years. Sscores are impressive, JS96, for example.

Deep ruby with a medium rim, 2011 gives clean blackcurrant, raspberries and longan fruit. Oak treatment wears 2011 with a delicate and gentle touch- pure fruit, lightish touch. Austere to start, very enjoyable and friendly to finish. Scores are good, for example, RP93.


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