2005 Lagrange St Julien
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WA 94
  • WS 94
  • NM 94
  • IWC 92

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2006
Once again the provocative words “the best ever made” appear in my tasting notes. In twenty-eight years I have never tasted a Lagrange as amazing as this 2005. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by pure... Once again the provocative words “the best ever made” appear in my tasting notes. In twenty-eight years I have never tasted a Lagrange as amazing as this 2005. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by pure notes of creme de cassis cedar spice box and a hint of cherries. Full-bodied powerful and opulent with high tannin as well as extract in addition to great freshness definition and length this long-lived beauty should be at its finest between 2012-2030.</P>
WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, April 2006
Aromas of currants berries licorice and spice. Full-bodied and very velvety with wonderful high quality tannins. Long finish. Balanced and classy.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Lagrange 2005 has an intense bouquet with cedar and graphite infusing the black fruit, nicely controlled and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, well-judged acidity and a slightly reserved... The Château Lagrange 2005 has an intense bouquet with cedar and graphite infusing the black fruit, nicely controlled and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, well-judged acidity and a slightly reserved but delineated finish: dried herbs, cedar and a dash of white pepper sprinkled over the black fruit. This excellent Lagrange has to be one of the most consistently satisfying wines from the appellation. Another year, another satisfying Lagrange.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2006
(46% cabernet sauvignon 45% merlot and 9% petit verdot) Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis menthol chocolate and espresso. Dense and sweet but juicy with a floral nuance and nicely integrated acidity lending... (46% cabernet sauvignon 45% merlot and 9% petit verdot) Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of cassis menthol chocolate and espresso. Dense and sweet but juicy with a floral nuance and nicely integrated acidity lending precision to the dark fruit and violet flavors. There's a medicinal austerity here but the fruit is unusually glossy and sweet for a young Lagrange showing more early personality than usual. Finishes with lovely breadth and persistence. An excellent early showing. 89-92 points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2005

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For the grand vin of Lagrange, grapes are hand-picked into small crates and then sorted both manually and by an optical sorting machine. Traditional Bordeaux vinification is carried out in 92 temperature-controlled stainless steel vats of varying capacities, thus allowing a separate vinification to respect the character of each plot and soil-type. Placing all or part of a given plot into its own vat also allows harvest at optimum ripeness.

Total vatting time, determined by tasting, varies from 16 to 28 days, depending on the tannic development in the fermenting wines. Temperature of fermentation never exceeds 28°C to guarantee preservation of the finesse and fruitiness. Selection of press wine is performed “barrel by barrel“ allowing a wider choice range during the blend tastings.

The wines are blended only a few months after harvest, to achieve a better harmonization of the tannins and plot origins. The wines are aged 20 months in French oak barrels, of which 60% are new, and racked every 3 months.

Winery

Lagrange

Chateau Lagrange is in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region. At one time, it was the largest wine producing estate in the Medoc. Historical evidence shows winegrowing activity there even in Gallo-Roman times, and in the Middle Ages when the estate received its name.

The 18th century brought widespread renown to Lagrange. An influential shipping merchant, Jean-Valere Cabarrus, invested in the property and established his own sales network. He commissioned Visconti to build the Tuscan-style tower that was to become the emblem of the Chateau.

But it was Count Charles Tenneguy Duchatel, owner from 1842 to 1874, who brought great improvement to the estate by adding a drainage system in the vineyard. The wines were thus classified as one of the fourteen Third Growths in the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855.

Due to neglect, debt, and a period of mediocrity, portions of Chateau Lagrange’s vineyards were sold over the years until the remaining holdings were purchased by Suntory in 1983. A complete restructuring of the vineyard and a spectacular renovation of the whole estate was undertaken. After twenty years of dedicated work, as well as human and technical investments, Lagrange once again found recognition.

Today, the estate covers 182 hectares (450 acres), of which 118 hectares (292 acres) are under vine. The combination of Gunzian gravelly soil, sand, and iron-rich clay is planted with 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot. The vineyard for the white wine (Les Arums de Lagrange) covers 7.5 hectares (19 acres) and is planted with Sauvignon Blanc (60%), Sauvignon Gris (20%) and Semillon (20%).

In addition to the grand vin, there is a second wine, Les Fiefs de Lagrange, established in 1985 with vines that average 30 years of age, and a new wine from vines located in the Haut Medoc appellation called Le Haut-Medoc de Lagrange.