2008 Lagrange St Julien
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
2008 Lagrange St Julien
  • NM 93
  • WS 91
  • WE 91

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In Stock: 24+ btls
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NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2012
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. With yet another strong performance under blind conditions the Lagrange 2008 continues as one of the most consistent performers in this consistent commune. It has a...   Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. With yet another strong performance under blind conditions the Lagrange 2008 continues as one of the most consistent performers in this consistent commune. It has a slightly bretty nose that subdues the fruit notes of iodine and violets emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm ripe tannins well balanced with a much cleaner entry than the nose suggest. It improves all the time in the glass but those tannins will take years to melt. Impressive. Tasted January 2012.  
WS 91
Wine Spectator, December 2010
Dense with a tangy damson plum note leading the way for tangy iron and lilting black tea flavors all followed by darker charcoal and fig character. There's a nice yin-yang of velvet and iron on the finish. Drink now...   Dense with a tangy damson plum note leading the way for tangy iron and lilting black tea flavors all followed by darker charcoal and fig character. There's a nice yin-yang of velvet and iron on the finish. Drink now through 2019.-J.M.  
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
A little severe at first not letting the fruit show through the tannins. However the black currant fruit is there and it's possible to discern that it will become delicious and for medium-term aging. R.V.
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2008
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

Label

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.