2009 Lagrange St Julien
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • NM 95
  • JS 94
  • WE 94
  • IWC 92
  • WS 91
  • WA 90

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NM 95
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, January 2012
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange 2009 has an earthy slightly introverted nose at the moment although it opens ajar with aeration with hints of lavender and crushed flower. The palate is... Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange 2009 has an earthy slightly introverted nose at the moment although it opens ajar with aeration with hints of lavender and crushed flower. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh citrus entry great delineation and a wonderful build of flavours on the mouth a subtle crescendo as it were. This is so very refined and classy. Tasted October 2011.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Bright and perfumed with loads of blueberry flower and licorice on the nose. Full body with super well-integrated tannins and a long long finish. Class. Best wine from here in a long long time. Try after 2018.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
Ripe wine with soft tannins allied to great density. Weight and lovely juicy final fruit flavors meld together easily. This is solid dense impressive and for long-term aging.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
Saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis licorice menthol and cedar. Tightly wound classic and intense with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries violet and minerals complemented by well-integrated oak. Dense... Saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis licorice menthol and cedar. Tightly wound classic and intense with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries violet and minerals complemented by well-integrated oak. Dense suave Saint-Julien wine with a very fresh slightly austere finish. With its solid structure and excellent length this will require at least five or six years of cellaring. A superb vintage for this property.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
This has a solid core of juicy plum red currant and blackberry fruit that sits in reserve while mouthwatering briar and toasty spice notes move along the edges. Grippy and focused through the finish with well-embedded... This has a solid core of juicy plum red currant and blackberry fruit that sits in reserve while mouthwatering briar and toasty spice notes move along the edges. Grippy and focused through the finish with well-embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2024. 22500 cases made. -JM
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Tightly knit oaky and rich with formidable concentration but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has... Tightly knit oaky and rich with formidable concentration but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years. 90+
JJB 96
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, January 2012
73% cabernet sauvignon 27% merlot. The improvements over the last several years at Lagrange bear fruit in this vintage yielding what is undoubtedly the finest wine ever from this estate. Rigorous selection in the... 73% cabernet sauvignon 27% merlot. The improvements over the last several years at Lagrange bear fruit in this vintage yielding what is undoubtedly the finest wine ever from this estate. Rigorous selection in the vineyards use of optical sorters in the cellar and the move to smaller tanks has produced a wine of stunning elegance and grace. Beautiful purple/red fruits are complemented by notes of cedar black licorice shitake mushrooms and just a hint of new French oak. Firm tannins offer structure to the wine and help carry the fruit through a long lingering finish. This is already an amazing wine and with lively acidity present it should only get better over the next several decades. With amazing terroir Lagrange can now take its rightful place amongst the finest wines of St. Julien.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2009

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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.