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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 90 
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2019 (based on 47 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.8 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 212 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 6/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Some Grilling with the Toronto Cru (Toronto, ON): This is showing even a touch darker and more primary than the Cos poured previously. The nose is of plum, dark cherry, cassis, blackberry, alcohol, tar, smoked meat, stewed vegetables and leather. The palate is low in perceived tannin, medium minus in acid and comes across just a touch bitter. Still quite a nice drink overall. (447 views)
 Tasted by WineDilletante on 4/20/2015 & rated 94 points: Have had 3 bottles of this over the last couple of months. One of them was cooked and over the hill but the other two were good. For the good bottles, there was little at fault I could find. Even at 25, this is a powerful, tannic wine. Yet, there is also the unmistakable elegance and sweetness that come with maturity. Overall, this is in a good spot right now, where the power of youth and the mellowness of maturity are perfectly balanced. Very enjoyable experience. (1082 views)
 Tasted by CabZinMan on 4/12/2015 & rated 93 points: Lovely aged Bordeaux. Decanted for 1.5 hours before drinking at annual steak & wine dinner. Completely different experience, but even held its own among lots of 2012 Napa cabs. Nice mature Bordeaux nose as initial bottle funk blew off, terrific balance on the palate, fruit still holding, nice smoke & leather notes, plenty long finish. Has to be at its peak, but will last some years at this level. Was a revelation for many of the Napa fans. Wish I had more! (940 views)
 Tasted by Yagil on 4/2/2015 & rated 91 points: 1990 Bordeaux tasting in 2015 - round #1 (The Traklin - new location): double decanting for sediments removal 2 hours prior to drinking
leaking cork under the capsule only, no drops out of the capsule
light red-brown colour
surprisingly no oxidation signes on the nose & palate, soft tertiary aromas of earthy-leather, medium bodied, soft tannins, good acidity level, lacks complexity, still enjoyable on the palate on its own, pleasant lingering finish. (1353 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 3/8/2015 & rated 95 points: Holy moly! Bring it on! In awe...See other notes...This bottle was light footed and so freaking elegant, mature, yet vibrant and long that it was astonishing how young it tasted. Lots of improvement with air..can go another 10 years easy and I think it will STILL IMPROVE. (1373 views)
 Tasted by kr522 on 2/7/2015 & rated 94 points: still going strong though I notice my scores have gone 96,95 and now 94....hopefully not a trend as I have 2 more remaining! Actually the wine got better with each passing sip and finished on a high note. Dense with dark fruit/earth character a nice mid palate and a primary fruit feel. the tannins as barely noticeable as you'd expect.

This is an underrated bottle of wine. If you're looking to explore the vintage this is a nice one to put on your list (1733 views)
 Tasted by AAJR on 2/6/2015 flawed bottle: Flawed. Was saving to celebrate 25th Anniversary. Flawed bottled. (1183 views)
 Tasted by WineAggregate on 1/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Very nice, but I was expecting a bit more from this wine. Barnyard and saddle leather well integrated into a soft expression of well-aged plums and a bit of forest floor made this wine a winner with roast lamb. Don't let this one go too much longer. (1376 views)
 Tasted by ericindc on 1/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Classic mature Bordeaux. Lots of cedar, earth and red fruits on the nose with a big dose of funk/barnyard. This gained body and depth as it sat, so I would open it about 1/2 beforehand. I wouldn't decant. Great round red and black fruits, with earth, minerality, graphite, and some light mint. Medium body, integrated tannins, solid acidity and a nice finish. Quite nice. No hurry to drink this. (1350 views)
 Tasted by Englishman's Claret on 1/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Red fruited, cedar, licorice. Sappy, round, genial. I was hoping this would be better for 1990 St. Julien. Probably worth another go if it can be found for a reasonable price. (1370 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 1/3/2015 & rated 94 points: Getting 2015 Started Right (Concord, MA): Nose: Red Cherry, Red Vines, Berry Jam, Spice and Leather. Fantastic nose. Palate: Wow the palate feel here is so deep and polished. Red fruit leads the way with just a touch of glycerin, and is surrounded by tobacco, leather, wet rock and olive notes. So much going on here and fruit/acid are in perfect balance. Finish: Powerful with ripe tannin and a tart blackberry and spice notes.

This wine over-delivered in most ways. Great balance and it really gave a lush twist on St. Julien. (1074 views)
 Tasted by drcoop on 12/27/2014 & rated 96 points: Classic old Bordeaux drinking beautifully now. Incredibly soft tannins yet remaining full of structure. Hint of earth and barnyard to complement the secondary notes and nuances of this beautiful wine. (1073 views)
 Tasted by blakehastings on 12/25/2014 & rated 90 points: Past its prime, lost some of its fruit and body. Tannins are subdued, but at expense of flavor I am afraid. Should have drank years ago. Not much depth or character. Giving it a 90 because it still has some flavor albeit weak. (936 views)
 Tasted by slmckenney on 11/25/2014 & rated 94 points: The cork was soaked and came out, thankfully, in three big enough pieces...though I would have put up with some cork to enjoy this wine! Dark, currants, and leather underlay the still decent fruit on the palette. This is my last one of a case I purchased as futures...wish I had bought more! (1352 views)
 Tasted by Geoff on 11/9/2014 & rated 94 points: Great wine. Multiple layers of secondary favors. Long finish. (1386 views)
 Tasted by DrinkBordeaux on 10/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Cork was soaked halfway. Popped and poured, and drank over 2 hours. The nose of dark cherry, leather, and funk was intoxicating; I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. The palate was silky smooth. The fruit was so well balanced with earthiness, tobacco, and hints of licorice. Round tannins and a long finish that tells me that there is a long life ahead for this wine. Classic 1990s St. Julien Bordeaux. I will try to resist the urge to open another one of these for awhile. (1707 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 10/11/2014 & rated 94 points: 1990 Bordeaux Tasting (Kevin's (Minneapolis)): Still amazingly youthful with raspberries, funk, leather, tobacco and earth. Nose and palate match to perfection. Medium to long finish and this wine should continue to evolve over the next 25 years. (1581 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 10/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Big Bordeaux VIII: 1990 Retrospective with Montrose, LMHB, PB, LP, and more (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Dark red to very dark red color with a mildly bricked 2-3mm margin. Slow-O for 1.5hrs and decanted for 75 minutes; drank 1 glass over 3 hours plus. This was beautiful and open from the start, setting the bar very high indeed. A gorgeous nose with lovely cedar, very floral and perfumed, with graphite, a touch of funk, blueberry, cassis, dry earthy notes, and hints of balsamic. The palate has medium body, finesse and poise, saddle leather, funk, cassis, graphite, licorice, mineral, and a very long finish. Fabulous, elegant, and probably at peak but there's no hurry at all. 94+pts. (1620 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 10/11/2014 & rated 93 points: Big Bordeaux VIII : 1990 (Kevin's house): Per the host, Slow-O for 1.5hrs and decanted for 75 minutes. I drank a small glass over about an hour. Funk and licorice on the nose. Palate is very dry in an earthy way, with a hint of smoke, leather, very long finish with firm accessible tannins. (1680 views)
 Tasted by chcook on 9/21/2014: PNP. note from memory. this was showing mostly secondary aroma and flavor, but was rich and balanced and delicious. wish I bought this when it was available, really superb tonight (1497 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 9/20/2014 & rated 94 points: Phenomenal! Started out frustrated, and within 5 minutes, the genie was out and it was ready to make a statement! Classic St. Julien with lots of cedar, mushroom, au jus, and a distinct fennel exit. The finish is super long and vibrant and its center of the palate is bright and extremely youthful. It tastes half of its age with gobs of fruit and primary stages of ambering at the edges after 24 years! Holy moly! (1189 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 8/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Friday Night Double Blind Semi-Mondo $80+ (Bin 75): Very dark core with lots of bricking, sediment; Bordeaux funk, tilled earth, red currant, green pepper, green tobacco, maduro, ripe, luxurious, tertiary; smooth fruit, softer tannin, spicy red currant; very good. (823 views)
 Tasted by Kris G on 7/11/2014 & rated 88 points: hugely disappointing bottle, it was not flawed but poor storage is maybe an issue, not well balanced and a lack of structure, body and fruit (2054 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/14/2014: Decanted 30 minutes. Cork stained just short of 1/2 way up. This was very good, but similar to my last note this seems to be losing just a bit and had a touch of dryness on the end, so would be drinking. A- (2116 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/30/2014: Not under perfect conditions, but I felt this was very good, and went well with food. Soft, complete, but feels like it is losing some steam so based on this bottle it is very good now but I would be drinking up. A- (2464 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (2/10/2010)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2008, Issue #15, Château Lagrange: Traditional Claret in the Heart of St. Julien
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (12/4/2008)
(Château Lagrange (St. Julien)) From magnum: Medium red violet color; focused truffle, plum and black fruit nose; great, youthful, tart black fruit, tart bery, graphite and pencil lead palate; medium-plus finish 94+ pts. (best Lagrange I've ever tasted)  94 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, June 2005
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Dark, glossy hue. The nose has dark, smoky fruit. It's quite intense, and only with a little air does it reveal a very mild cork taint. It is very faint, insufficient to strip all the dark, smoky fruit character from the wine. Ripe grippy tannin, full and rich. Lovely length. This is a wine with great potential - if other bottles aren't corked, obviously! I will award a tentative score - a taint-free bottle may show even better.  17.5+? points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive (3/21/2005)
(Lagrange) which had a classic nose of cedar, earth and tobacco, with secondary animal and cassis. The wine was a touch roasted, with long and fine t .n a in its nose. There were good earth, tobacco and cedar flavors. Clive only gave it 16, but the wine was solid and more than very good, and it got better and held well  93 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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