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 Vintage2008 Label 2 of 215 
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)3760172711087, 607921013739

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2029 (based on 24 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.7 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Zoomin Z on 10/18/2015 & rated 93 points: From a half bottle, opened for four hours. Upon opening, a reticient nose, but opened up to classic Bordeaux cedar, with hints of lavender and forest underbrush. Also, dark fruits: plum and black currant. A medium body, beautifully balanced start to finish. Dark, cold weather fruit and smooth tannins. A well made wine of old world finesse. (1819 views)
 Tasted by jskuek on 7/16/2015 & rated 92 points: creamy vanilla, delicious. (2525 views)
 Tasted by up4wine on 6/12/2015 & rated 89 points: Quite similar to the '04 that was in the tasting. It, too, has a little green pepper upon entry. The fruit is good, but a little less capable for carrying the midpalate and keeping the finish strong. Still a very good wine. (2597 views)
 Tasted by daghaug on 4/24/2015: Veldig bærpreg på duft rett fra nyåpna flaske. Dette roer seg etterhvert og vi får mer krydder og paprika, klassisk medoc. Frisk i munnen og ganske runde tanniner i avslutningen. Ungdommelig vin som har såpass med frukt å gå på at den nok kan bli veldig bra. Litt grønt preg i ettersmaken kanskje, men det tar ikke overhånd. (2866 views)
 Tasted by dsruban on 4/1/2015 & rated 89 points: Rather closed and acidic when first opened, but opened up nicely with a couple if hours in a decanter. Black fruit, a touch of spice, some leather and coffee notes. Medium finish and complexity. (3113 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 3/10/2015 & rated 89 points: Bordeaux & San Sebastian Trip; 3/6/2015-3/13/2015: Nose: blackberry, cherry pit and some oak/spice notes. Good dark nose compared to the Fife de Lagrange beside it. Palate: sweet red fruit on entry that is backed up by soil, tobacco and leather. Bit of glycerin here as well Finish: bit of tart black fruit and earth. Still see cherry and baking spice here as well.

Lagrange is the largest producer in St Julien of the classified growths. When touring the couvier it was impressive that they generate such high quality. Optical sorting wad recently added here, and malolactic fermentation occurs in tank rather than barrel. (2516 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 2/17/2015 & rated 91 points: A very elegant showing that tends towards the acidic, especially when newly opened. But after some hrs of airtime, got much of its act together.

M- bodied wine with Bdx earth and few other markers. Tannic structure is very fine, especially for a young wine. Mature tannins that excercised their task well on the palate. Tannins M+, Acids M++(+). Great, long finish of lingonberries and cold butter.

Half of me thinks this may become great after some age (probably the part of me that payed for it) and my other half can't stop thinking about the great value I missed out on from Southern France at half price...

Aaaargh... Disillusioned and tired. Time to go to bed.

With the miracle menu at fantastic La Rochelle 'Sanno'. (1996 views)
 Tasted by maxima on 2/17/2015 & rated 89 points: Pas méchant mais pas encore à son apogé.
Un peu de verdeur mais le fruit est tout de même présent, cerise et chocolat sur des relents de terre en finale.
Assez long et tannins un peu asséchant...à revoir! (2096 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 11/11/2014 & rated 88 points: 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. (2968 views)
 Tasted by Zoomin Z on 11/7/2014 & rated 88 points: Day one: From a half bottle, decanted for an hour. A classic Bordeaux nose of cedar, raspberries and graphite. A medium weight body follows, with primarily red fruits and a fair amount of acidity. The finish lasts forever due to silky, silky tannins. The flavors are simple and straightforward. The structure is substantial.
Day two: Can not find any more complexity, no matter how hard I try. The fruits on the nose are substantially decreased and the tannins are gone....alors... (2192 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 10/12/2014: To rate this wine now is unjust. I stopped myself from pulling down a low hanging fruit from the number tree because all in all, this wine is just closed up and NOT READY and to fantacize about its future potential is just mental masterbation.

The 2008 vintage is under-rated and this is a great producer that makes wines that last a long, long time and tend to BEGIN to come around with about 15 years of age. Right now, the wine feels new world, and oaky and I will stop right there.... But if you must, decant for 3 to 5 hours. That's exactly what I am going to do with the next bottle very soon because at the price, this could be a huge bargain for those with lots of patience and some cellar space. (2525 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 9/2/2014 & rated 92 points: Perfectly my cup of tea. Still many years from its drinking window, is probably best kept until after 2020.

Has an aggressive and beautiful tannic structure with classically restrained fruit.

The more I drink of 2008 Bdx, the more I like the vintage. We hold 4 btls of this beauty and I expect to open our first around 2020.

Enjoyed at the Chateau. (3139 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/17/2014 & rated 89 points: Balanced and nice, maybe just a bit lean and dry. Good acidity and length. Needs more time. 88-90+ (3597 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 4/27/2014 & rated 89 points: Commanderie de Bordeaux tasting/dinner. Medium purple. Nose of dark fruits, spices, cloves. On the palate still quite young, tannins needing integration. (3284 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 9/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Bordeaux 2012 en primeur with WInefinder (Munchenbryggeriet, Stockholm): Has grip, fruit forward, but classic nose. (5779 views)
 Tasted by hubas on 9/7/2013 & rated 89 points: Very dark with lots of black currant.

Still the wine has a light elegant touch to iut with lots of fruit and strong tannins.

Acidity was a bit on the low side (4499 views)
 Tasted by Vinosus on 5/4/2013 & rated 88 points: Lively cabernet nose, quite ripe with a touch of oak. Tannins were softish, which made me think it was a few years older, but overall impression of unreadiness was there. It will be a better drink with a few more years. (5200 views)
 Tasted by StefanAkiko on 11/21/2012 & rated 91 points: Non-blind. 1st glass from newly opened glass-btl at L'Effervesence (1 star in Tokyo).
Very young (obviously). Firm in the mouth with good stuffing/structure and a little higher acids than I'd anticipated. *yummy*
Will let my btls sleep for ~8 years. (6463 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 4/10/2012 & rated 92 points: Great nose; Also a bit of buttered popcorn on this one initially - blows off; Soft finish; Tight cherry; Builds great body in the glass (8174 views)
 Tasted by fanglangzhe on 3/10/2012 & rated 90 points: Dark fruit, red fruit, slight oak. Fine tannins. Soft & elegant. (7129 views)
 Tasted by ccsargent on 3/8/2012 & rated 91 points: A classy, elegant, austere Lagrange, more in the style of 06 than 03. Medium-dark ruby color. Nose of dark fruits, a touch of green bell pepper, cola. Medium-bodied, big tannins now but I think this will be a really enjoyable and delicious wine in 5-8 years. 91+ (7244 views)
 Tasted by jcomm on 2/26/2012 & rated 94 points: Superb nose, textbook Bordeaux! Has some blackberries, cherries & a bit of Cassis with some earth, graphite and & touch of cedar...quite complex!!!
The palate shows a nice concentration & fruit purity. Cherries with a bit of leather and coffee, nice well coated tannins. The acidity showing makes for a nice balanced package.
Extremely long and is drinking very well presently!
Love this wine, might improve a bit over the next few years! (7086 views)
 Tasted by hubas on 9/18/2011 & rated 88 points: Graphite and oak with some nice fruit to balance it up. (6854 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 6/9/2011 & rated 90 points: Concentrated, ripe, red berry fruit on the nose with a touch of orange-peel. Lovely body, good drying tannins and a silky finish. (2008 Bordeaux Tasting) (7315 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 5/25/2011 & rated 92 points: 2008 Bordeaux: A very nice showing for this wine and the groups #2. Tight at first, but with some air, it has nice cassis fruit with a bit of graphite on the nose. The fruit continues on to the palate. Also some leather. Medium tannins at first but with air they increase. One of the more approachable of the wines, but very nice and show some interest as well. (8063 views)
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View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Re-Visiting the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage: Is It Superior to Both 2009 and 2010?
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
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View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Snapshot of the 2008 Bordeaux Vintage- Really a Lovely and Classically Proportioned Year
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/21/2011)
(Château Lagrange (St. Julien)) Dark red violet color; cassis, plum, cedar nose; tasty, plush, cassis, currant, cedar palate; medium finish 91+ pts.  91 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2010
(Chateau Lagrange (St Julien)) A sweet, modern style of fruit here, fresh and bright, red and black summer fruit compote. It seems to possess polish and substance although on entry it has its texture tightly reined in. Through the midpalate it expands though, becoming more like the nose suggests, more polished and very lightly creamy. Well judged, with rather a firm tannic substance to it although it works well with the fruit and acids. With time in the cellar this could be very good.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2009
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Dense, sweet, with concentrated ripe fruit. The palate has a very ripe and detached style, mineral and fresh. Fairly bright and lively, with good vivacity. Less supple than some, but with good substance, nice acidity and appropriate tannins. Very good potential.  16.5-17. points
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Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

St. Julien

Read more detailed information on St. Julien and its wines The seventeenth century pioneers Traces are to be found of a Saint-Julien de Rintrac, perhaps Saint-Julien's earliest name, as from the thirteenth century. But we have to wait until the seventeenth century pioneers, urban and rural aristocrats, discover the exceptional merits of these terroirs.
Traces of this system still exist today in the structure of estates within the appellation: by the side of the two villages of Beychevelle and Saint-Julien, the large estates are heavily preponderant, representing more than four fifths of the total surface of vineyards.

The terrain is practically identical over all the commune. Only the proximity of the estuary, sometimes close, sometimes further away, can cause slight variations in climate. In fact, Saint-Julien-Beychevelle's layer of gravel takes the form of a huge rectangle over 3 miles long and 2 miles wide. And the alluvial deposits are particularly well fragmented into ridges of Garonne gravel of the early Quaternary. Accordingly, the vines are safeguarded from stagnant water.

The wines from the Saint-Julien appellation may be recognized by their unparalleled bouquet, particularly harmonious and mild. They have a fine deep colour and combine the finesse of their aromas and a solid constitution. They have body, are very rich in flavour and have a delicious and delicate bouquet.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)
In order to have the right to the Saint-Julien appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Saint-Julien and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cussac, and Saint-Laurent, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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