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Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

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2018 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 94

It is great to see Lagrange on a hot streak. The wine is full-bodied, round, ripe and loaded with tobacco, black currant, herbs, leaf, espresso, boysenberry and floral aromatics. With its concentration and depth of flavor 2018 is -- without a doubt --the best wine ever produced here. The wine will age for decades with ease. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

Energetic, bright, medium bodied with tobacco and cedar-wrapped red fruits, the wine is tannic with quite a bit of freshness and a crunchy, illuminated finish.

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2016 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 94

This just keeps getting better and better. Now you find, flowers, tobacco, earth, herbs and layers of ripe, sweet, juicy, lively red fruits. There is concentration and depth of flavor, this is without doubt, the best wine ever produced here. This will age for decades with ease.

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Clearly the best and most exciting wine ever produced here, the wine offers a serious depth of flavor, loads of freshness and a soft, elegant, yet, full-bodied and concentrated mouthfilling tasting experience. This will age for decades with ease.

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Tobacco, cedar, red currants and smokey earth notes create the character. Full bodied, fresh, clean and classic, the wine serves up a concentrated, elegant mouth full of deep, dark, red fruits with freshness. Give this at least a decade before popping a cork.

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A Truman Capote In Cold Blood kind of red, Zoe Saldana rolling the tobacco leaf, a bowl of dark red fruits with a few perfect stems of crunchy black currants. There is a freshness to the fruit and ripeness to the tannins that make this vintage a celebrity. The wine has crunch and zest and the finish offers a nice bite of tang and temptation. The wine was made from blending 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot.

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2015 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 93

This is a great vintage for Lagrange, as it allowed the fruit to develop to its true potential. There is a true depth of flavor, softness to the wall of tannins, and a fresh, vibrancy to the layers of ripe, crisp red berries that stands out in the glass. This will age for years.

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Deep ruby in color, this full-bodied wine is packed with crisp, crunchy cassis and black fruits. The tannins are present but ripe and the fruit has freshness and persistence in a slightly stoic but creamy finish. Only 35% of the harvest was placed into the Grand Vin. This wine was produced from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.3% alcohol. 90 - 92 Pts

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2014 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 89

Fresh, bright and crisp, the cassis and cranberry fruits are made more interesting with the addition of fresh herbs, tobacco and spice. Medium/full bodied, and on the fresh side, this should age nicely.

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With more softness than expected, this medium-bodied wine tastes like you’re biting into a handful of fresh, juicy, ripe, crisp, red fruits with a spray of cassis on top. 88-90 Pts

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2013 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 87

Medium bodied, with light, bright, crisp red cherries and cranberry, this light, classically styled wine ends with a touch of cedar and peppery, sweet and tart red berries in the finish.

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Light, bright and spicy, this wine is dominated by cherry and fresh strawberry and will be best in its youth. The wine was made from a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. 86-88 Pts

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2012 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 89

Slightly strict, with a classic lean, the crisp, crunchy fruits and tannins should come together and could develop into a softer, more nuanced wine with a few years of age.

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Using 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5 alcohol. The wine was produced from the lowest yields in the history of the estate at 38 hectoliters per hectare. Only 35% of the harvest was used in the grand vin. Spicy blackberries, cedar and cassis notes end with a tannic, crisp, medium-bodied, cassis filled finish. 89-91 Pts

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2011 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 89

The earthy, cranberry, tobacco and cassis perfume pairs with smoky, dark, red berries, herbs and spice in the finish.

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Cassis, cedar, earth and vanilla scents with medium body and round tannins. Soft ripe, cherries are found in finish. 89-91 Pts

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2010 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 91

Continuing to develop incely, the showy nose is filled with oak, cassis, spicy, fresh blackberries and thyme. The finish tannic, but the tannins are ripe. The blend of 75% Cabernet and 25% Merlot demands at least another decade in the cellar.

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Soft blackberry, olive, herb, cocoa, oak and black plums open to a fresh, full bodied wine. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, there is some drying sensations in the fresh, crisp, red and black fruit, olive tapenade finish.

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Lagrange is a powerful Bordeaux wine, packed with ripe dark berries and cassis. This concentrated coca and ripe berry flavored St. Julien wine offers freshness and a licorice cassis filled finish. 90-92 Pts

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2009 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

Medium/full-bodied, crisp and classic, with a bright red berry edge to the smoke, tobacco, spice and forest leaf character, give this another 5 years in the cellar to soften and fill out.

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Oak, licorice, smoky blackberries and cocoa aromas lead to a medium bodied, soft, sweet, round wine with potential. The wine is much better served at close to cellar temperature. The wine was made from a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot.

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Smoke, black pepper, ripe black cherry, earth and plum notes create the aromatics. From a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, this fresh, medium, earthy, crunchy, cassis filled, tannic wine is beefy in style. It will take time for the tannic wine to develop. This is more classic in style than many 2009 Bordeaux wines.

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2008 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 88

From a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine offers secondary character with its truffle, tobacco, cassis, smoke and citrus nose. But there is a definite sense of under ripeness in the nose and on the palate that could become more noticeable in the future.

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2007 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 89

Quite successful for the vintage, this is in its primetime drinking window. Medium bodied, with crisp, red fruits, earthy notes, cedar wood and tobacco, the finish is bright, with hints of pepper, and green herbs, paired with red fruits. There is no reason for further aging.

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2006 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

Made from a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot, the wine is showing some signs of maturity in the nose but not in the mouth, as it's still strict and tannic. On the palate, the wine is firm, masculine and straight forward, with a fresh, juicy cassis personality.

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It takes some effort to find the coffee, tobacco and cassis scents as the wine is still tight. The wine is medium/full bodied, tannic and demands another 3-5 years of cellaring before coming around. Interestingly, this is one of the rare vintages with no Petit Verdot in the blend.

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2005 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

Concentrated, structured, tannic, firm and built to age, this powerful, masculine St. Julien is still young. Time and effort were needed before the earthy, coffee, blackberry, fresh herb and tobacco personality began to emerge. This demands at least 5-8 years in the cellar for everything to come together.

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2004 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 88

Slightly rustic tannins, classic in style, with a firm character, red berries and cranberry in the finish.

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2003 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 89

Just now starting to dry out a bit, there is still plenty of tobacco, cassis, cranberry and earthy notes in the nose, but this is not for long term aging. The tannins are firm and the finish is slightly drying in the end notes.

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With its showy nose of coffee bean, cocoa powder, black cherry, plum jam, tobacco and earth, the wine is starting to soften and open up. From a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, this stylish wine is probably my favorite of Lagrange to date.

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2001 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 91

This has developed quite nicely with its tobacco, smoke, cigar box, blackberry and cedar wood personality. The tannins are ripe, the fruit is ample and fresh, finish with a spicy, cassis and pomegranate note. While fun to taste now, this will get better with a few more years in the bottle.

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2000 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 85

Earthy, with blackberries and tobacco in the nose. This medium bodied wine has a distinct green pepper note that is off putting. There is some rusticity to the tannins in the finish. Previous bottles have been better.

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Notes of leaf, olives, tobacco and spicy cassis open to a soft, tannic, full bodied wine that finishes with elements of cocoa powder and fresh cassis. Time will probably add to this wine. I’d give it at least another few years.

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Still deeply colored, with scents of cassis, fennel, earth, stone and spice, this impressive, full bodied wine remains young, fresh and tannic. Masculine in style, additional cellaring will soften this St. Julien wine a bit.

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1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 91

Fully mature and showing quite well with its tobacco, cigar box, cedar, leaf and cassis charms, there is nice, spice and fresh component in the finish giving it lift and length. The wine was produced from a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

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1995 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

As this approaches its 25th birthday, while not exactly rounded out, the wine has softened. The nose has an herbal leaning, with cedar and tobacco leaf accents to the bright red fruits, while the palate is a nice juicy bite of sweet and tart red fruits.

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1990 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 90

Big, muscular and tannic, the wine offers tobacco, cassis, black cherry and forest floor scents. Traditional in style, from a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot, this solid wine is fully mature.

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1989 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 87

With a strict leaning, the wine is better on the cedar, leaf, tobacco, wet earth and peppery, red berry nose, than on the austere palate. Fans of older, classic vintage will probably enjoy this more than I did.

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1986 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 87

Masculine, tannic and on the lean side, the wine is on the austere, cranberry, cassis and tobacco, old school style range of Bordeaux.

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1982 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 85

Past fully mature, and starting to drop fruit, the wine shows more of its tobacco, earth, cedar, olive, herb and peppery profile, than red fruit. This firm, simple wine, requires drinking before the remaining fruit fades away. Drink up, as this is not going to get better.

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1961 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)  (St. Julien) 70

Very little fruit remains, most of what you find is bright, crisp, crunchy, spicy, peppery, tart red berries and cigar box, tobacco and wet earth character. Drink up.

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