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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 102 
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2014 (based on 16 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 48 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Bordeaux 1998 tasting by my friend who calls himself “100wines”: The bouquet is not extremely expressive, but there are dark forest fruits, some chocolate and not unpleasant bell pepper impressions. On the palate a concentrated wine with dark and red berry fruits, earth, pepper, green bell pepper, chocolate, green herbs, good acidity, fairly soft tannin and good bitterness in the finish. Overall a fairly full bodied, firm and juicy wine. Maybe lacking a bit in real finesse at the moment. For tonight 90+, but it might improve…. See also my previous notes. (394 views)
 Tasted by stayhappy21 on 12/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Drank this wine today at Gattopardo with my best mate from University.

Colour is reddish purple. Some cassis, liquorice and oak on the nose, with a good balance of elegance, laden with grace, beauty and charm.

At 16 years of age, this wine still feels young and fresh, with the acidity showing nicely after an hour. The purity of fruit is outstanding, with the tannins nicely dissolved to give it a very rounded and elegant finish.

An excellent choice to pair with the turkey and cheese that we had. (1097 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 12/17/2014 & rated 84 points: This wine didn't convince me, modest in every aspect (964 views)
 Tasted by zut alors! on 12/7/2014 & rated 87 points: A little disappointing. Almost at the end of its 'drinkability' range and it showed last night. A nice blend of cab sauv and merlot (50% each), typical of St. Julien, but not copmplex or distinctive. Would be a great mid-week wine, but not at the weekend wine price I paid 14 years ago. (772 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 9/8/2014: Some moss, cedar and sweet tobacco on the nose at first. It is just a little muddled and lacks real definition but gets better in the glass. There are some cassis fruits, a little smoke and tar, fresh roses and some wet earth flavours. Length of flavour is moderate. I enjoyed this more than the 98 Pontet-Canet. (1684 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 8/17/2014 & rated 89 points: Nose - closed.
Palate - Abit tannic, which overwhelmes the fruit. (1577 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 6/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Still very young to me, but with potential. Dark fruits, and a nice vegetal character. Still quite acidic and tannic, needs some time to settle down. Hopefully drop in on this in 5-10. (1303 views)
 Tasted by MrBrege on 1/1/2014 & rated 90 points: I like this wine and in particular the PQR. This bottle somehow was more acidic and had a shorter finish than previous bottles. (1881 views)
 Tasted by MrBrege on 5/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Well balanced as previous bottles, see earlier notes. Has a lot of grip still, finish is medium and quite dry. Had the fruit been slightly more pronounced and finish longer this could have scored 93-94. (2416 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Blood red with a slightly carmine rim. Beautiful and a somewhat perfumed bouquet with cedar, dark forest fruits and graphite. On the palate concentrated juice with red as well as dark forest fruits, elegant acidity, round tannin with still a good bite and soft bitterness. Also some chocolate. A well balanced and complex wine. Early maturity now and enough future until 2018 - 2020. Until 2050 as it is in CT now is a bit enthusiastic, but I hope I can reconsider a decade from now. (3012 views)
 Tasted by MattTM on 3/6/2013: La Commanderie de Bordeaux: Chateau Lagrange Vertical (Bishop's - Vancouver, BC): Lots of candied red cherry on the nose, along with some black pepper spice, cassis, and earth. More candied red cherry on the palate, as well as some leather, cedar, black cherry, spicy black pepper, oak, and some floral notes. A medium- length finish ending on notes of black cherry and oak spice. This had a rather simple nose and lots of lush candied red cherry on the palate, with no real sense of terroir. Not bad, but not exciting. Good. (3024 views)
 Tasted by MrBrege on 1/27/2013 & rated 91 points: Popped and pored a third of a glass. Very light on the nose and pretty tart, tight and tannic straight off. Let the bottle stand for a few hours, closed up the bottle and waited 24h. Next day it had evolved, classic Bordeaux nose with black currents, cherries and a touch of earth and gravel, not very intense but quite pleasing. Good balance in the mouth, again not particularly intense and still somewhat austere, but with a very long warm finish. I am positively surprised. The 1998s of the Left Bank have not been crowd-pleasers and for years it seemed likely that the fruit may run out before they reached maturity. Now it has come together reasonably well, and one could not have hoped for more I think. (2644 views)
 Tasted by sjt on 1/25/2013 & rated 92 points: Nose opened up after two hours decanting and some viloent swirling. Currents, wet stone, dried flowers, and leather on the nose. Black and red fruit hit the mid pallate with a big suprise. Fine tannins that coat, long finish. Drinking well now. (2118 views)
 Tasted by mdobro on 1/2/2013 & rated 89 points: unfortunatelly its gently corked, but still very good, very long and colour so deep .... (1571 views)
 Tasted by NiklasT on 12/25/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted 45 minutes. Nice, classic, evolved nose with barnyard, cedar wood and flowers. Quite thin with not much fruit left however fleshed out a somewhat after 30 minutes in the glass. After 2,5 hours brett took over too much but good structure and very enjoyable with up til that. Had with deer along with 2002 Lagrange which had considerable more fruit as expected. (1356 views)
 Tasted by CTSV157 on 11/26/2012 & rated 92 points: Rich and full with flavor and sweet tannins
Really singing (1657 views)
 Tasted by brianakrin on 9/11/2012 & rated 89 points: I agree with pjaines. It was big,chunky, disjointed with a sharp bitter finish. May be it will mellow out and come together with more time. I'll give it a "hope for improvement with more cellar time 89" (2062 views)
 Tasted by Matthijs Visser on 7/28/2012 & rated 91 points: Rim verging towards tawny, so definitely showing its age. Beautiful nose: blackcurrant, blueberry, and leather, cigar box, and hints of black pepper aromas. Even some faint floral notes. Silky tannins and medium acidity on the palate. Somewhat light on the mid-palate, but a long finish with blackcurrant, sour cherry, tobacco, and cracked pepper.

Elegant and complex. Peaking now, so will be drinking the remaining two bottles in the near future. (2177 views)
 Tasted by mdobro on 6/6/2012 & rated 90 points: very good claret in its peak (2228 views)
 Tasted by ToddR911 on 2/14/2012 & rated 89 points: Dark purple. Earthy and flavorful. (2600 views)
 Tasted by pjaines on 11/8/2011: Dark, chewy and in need of more cellar time. Quite big chunky tannins on this, which is surprising and the fruit still has a primary touch about it. I'd suggest this needs another 5 years to stretch its legs. (3069 views)
 Tasted by drthirst on 10/30/2011 & rated 91 points: Tasted this wine up against Rauzan Segla 1998. Thus, a tough competition. The Lagrange was a bit more closed, but again more structured and more aristocratic than the Rauzan Segla. The Lagrange is ready to drink now and will probably keep floating on top of things for 5 more years or so. (2906 views)
 Tasted by Gcashman on 7/27/2011 & rated 91 points: Very nice, delicate violet flavors, soft tannins (2759 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 7/30/2010 & rated 90 points: Has come into its own. Classic, sturdy Saint-Julien. (2029 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 5/21/2010 & rated 90 points: Expressive nose of leathery and herbaceous, fresh and soft on palate, with strong presence of herbaceous taste. Long finish and soft tannins. A good wines to enjoy now. (3582 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, August 2008
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) I find attractive aromas on the nose here, which has a good presence of rounded fruit lifted by notes of liquorice and spicy complexity. It shows freshness and light rather than intensity. At the start it is light, and maintains a rather lean presence on the palate throughout, showing in quite a firm fashion without a great deal of rich concentration. Today it seems to be showing more structure than flavour or aroma, and it is a little less well composed in the mouth. I have enjoyed previous bottles of this wine more than this one. Nevertheless there are good qualities here which are evident on tasting. A good effort for a lesser vintage.  16.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2006
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) This has a lovely style, showing a very attractive, open nose with plentiful fruit. It has a well rounded, well composed complete style on the palate, with some really bright, fresh acidity. Nicely spiced, with a little complexity. This is really rather stylish, with a good presence of fruit, and in the context of the vintage is really very impressive.  17+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2005
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) A quite glossy hue, with an appealing, minerally, stony, black fruit character on the nose. There are emerging notes of complexity too. Elegant and floral on the palate, softly structured, with a nice, supple, ripe tannic backbone. Good acidity. A very attractive drinking wine, with a reserved style I appreciate, quite approachable now, but will improve.  17+ points
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Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

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Red Bordeaux Blend

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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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