2010 Lagrange St Julien

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JS 96 DC 94 JA 94 JL 93 WE 93 JG 92 WS 92
JS 96

jamessuckling.com, July 2014

Loads of tension and form. It can be cellared for decades, but it’s balanced and beautiful already. Lots of blueberry, licorice and blackberry character. Try in 2018.
DC 94

Decanter, January 2020

This again is a brilliant St-Julien - full of joy and finesse and elegance. Black fruits and smoke combine with a slate minerality - I love it.This is also one that offers good value for money and will be a perfect match...
JA 94

janeanson.com, February 2022

Concentrated bilberry and blackberry fruits, with tannins that remain a little abrupt even at 12 years old. This has plenty of classic St Julien balance, firm tannins and real grip through the palate, but it lacks the...
JL 93

TheWineCellarInsider.com, January 2023

Fresh, crisp, bright, and chewy, the red fruits offer purity, refinement, and lift, with energy, and length. Still youthful, its best days are in the future. So, hands off for a few years. Drink from 2025-2050.
WE 93

Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

With vineyards in the west of Saint-Julien, Lagrange produces wines that are polished and elegant. In 2010, that style has been suffused with tannins while also delivering a black currant flavor. The wine is rich and...
JG 92

View From The Cellar, March 2011

(92+) I did not have time to drop by Château Lagrange to taste the 2010 sur place, so I do not have a note this year on their fine second wine, Les Fiefs de Lagrange, but the grand vin was showing very well at the UGC...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, March 2013

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 13.5%

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.

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.

Introducing the 2010 Lagrange St Julien, a Bordeaux blend that embodies the elegance and refinement for which the region is renowned. This exquisite red wine hails from the St Julien sub-region of Bordeaux, France, and has been crafted with meticulous care by the esteemed producer, Lagrange.

In the glass, the 2010 Lagrange St Julien displays a deep, vibrant red color that hints at the intensity and complexity held within. The aromas that waft from the glass are nothing short of captivating. Fresh and crisp, the red fruits take center stage, offering a purity and refinement that is truly remarkable. Notes of blueberry and blackberry dance on the nose, accompanied by subtle yet captivating hints of eucalyptus and toast. It is a symphony of scents that entices and intrigues.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. The red fruits continue to dominate, with a bright and chewy character that offers both energy and length. The tannins are plentiful, yet fine and precise, lending a delightful texture that is simultaneously enticing and inviting. Tremendously long, the fruit lingers on the palate for what seems like an eternity, leaving an indelible impression.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise of the 2010 Lagrange St Julien. Renowned wine expert Jeff Leve awarded it an impressive score of 93, describing the wine as youthful and suggesting that its best days are still to come. Alex Shaw of JJ Buckley was even more effusive, giving it a score of 95 and proclaiming it as one of the top releases ever from the estate. John Gilman of View From The Cellar also lauded its refinement and balance, awarding it a score of 92.

With an alcohol content of 13.5%, the 2010 Lagrange St Julien is a wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence. Whether you choose to savor it in its youth or allow it to develop further complexity with age, this wine is sure to delight the most discerning of palates.

In conclusion, the 2010 Lagrange St Julien is a masterpiece of Bordeaux winemaking. With its impeccable balance, refined flavors, and impressive longevity, it is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the Lagrange estate. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a sumptuous meal, this wine is sure to create a memorable experience for any wine enthusiast.