2010 Lagrange St Julien
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JS 95
  • WE 93
  • JG 92
  • WS 92
  • IWC 90
  • NM 90

Reg: $78.94

$69.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 11 btls
ETA: Oct. 2018

Reg: $78.94

$69.94

In Stock: 0 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 11 btls
ETA: Oct. 2018

Shipping info Storage info

JS 95
jamessuckling.com, November 2013
Great nose of blueberries, spices and hints of walnuts. Full body, with a lovely finish of well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. This is structured yet all in finesse. Best in years. Try in 2018.
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... 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 ripe, with just the right amount of tannic structure for the fruit.
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... (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 event. The bouquet is deep, pure, refined and seems decidedly less ripe than several others, as it offers up a black fruity mélange of cassis, dark berries, gentle herb tones, tobacco leaf, espresso, gravel and a deft base of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impressively seamless, with a ripe personality, lovely mid-palate depth, well-balanced tannins and very fine length and grip on the reserved and classy finish. A really lovely example of the vintage. (Drink between 2022-2075)
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... 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 through 2030. – JM
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Bright ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis and licorice. Backward and youthfully medicinal but already shows lovely floral lift--to to mention ripe framing acidity--to its dark berry, menthol and licorice... Bright ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis and licorice. Backward and youthfully medicinal but already shows lovely floral lift--to to mention ripe framing acidity--to its dark berry, menthol and licorice flavors. A bit strict today and in need of several years of bottle aging, but the firm tannins are ultimately rather velvety. 90+
NM 90
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Lagrange 2010 has an attractive gravel-scented bouquet with fine definition and sense of earthiness, cedar and sous-bois aromas quite prominent amongst the black... Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Lagrange 2010 has an attractive gravel-scented bouquet with fine definition and sense of earthiness, cedar and sous-bois aromas quite prominent amongst the black fruit. The palate has a ripe entry with plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit, although it does not quite possess the weight and structure of its peers. The length is satisfactory rather than exemplary. This has shown much better elsewhere.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, April 2011
75% cabernet sauvignon 25% merlot. 60% new oak barrels. Lagrange has been undergoing significant upgrades over the last several years including the addition of optical sorters more precise fermenting of individual plots... 75% cabernet sauvignon 25% merlot. 60% new oak barrels. Lagrange has been undergoing significant upgrades over the last several years including the addition of optical sorters more precise fermenting of individual plots from the vineyard and most significantly a reduction in the size of the tanks from 200+ hectoliters to an average of 80-120hl. These technical upgrades really show themselves with a fantastic wine for 2010. Beautiful bright fruit of blueberry and blackberry appear on the nose with subtle yet captivating notes of eucalyptus and toast. The plentiful tannins are fine and precise giving the wine nice texture that is enticing even out of barrel but will take more time to integrate. Tremendously long the fruit lingered for seemingly minutes and kept me coming back for more. This is among the top releases ever from this estate. Drink 2018-2035.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Julien
Vintage 2010
Percent alcohol 13.5%
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.