LAgrange 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2017
Deep ruby, tight garnet rim. Dry fruited on the nose, Chateau Lagrange 2003 gives a brooding palate: the blackberry and pu erh tea aroma and flavours of the 2003 Lagrange left the Team with a significant impression. If you are looking for bright fruit, this differs from the wine for you. Deep rubied with a tight rim, 2008 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). Deep rubied with a tight pink rim, 2012 has a fruity style, with the right balance of tension(structure) and elegance(poise, finesse). Oak treatment wears 2012 with a delicate and gentle touch- pure fruit, lightish touch. Fruity to start, very enjoyable and friendly to finish. Clean, medium finish.2017 is the latest tasting we did. Deep ruby with a tight rim. Floral. Balanced and stylish, this elegant vintage conveys the sleek side of Saint-Julien. A first nose of ripe and fresh cherries followed by a secondary tone of camphor, pepper and minerality. The wine has a fine concentrate, structure and power, bringing out tannins to balance the blackberry fruits. Some complexities In the palate, 2017 expresses its classic fresh/ripe raspberry, cherry, and cassis associated with delicate touches of blackberry as well as fine hints of nutmeg, sweet spices, coffee bean, chocolate and liquorice. Fine and ample tannins. REsaonble long length with good scores, for example, WE 94 VT94.
The Lagrange 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. 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.