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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 77 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2018 (based on 37 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.8 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 87 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Harley1199 on 4/19/2015: P&P but needing four hours plus in a decanter to start singing. Served at 13C. Dark crimson colour but mature appearance on the nose with aromas of pencil, rotten roses, four-squared mint, earth and mushrooms. Very Paulliac-like rather than a truly Saint Julien.
On the palate showed dry and short. Good at its best.
For this useful vintage a honest, very dry and attractive St.Julien bottle. In my view this needed extra cellaring.
Tried to match it with a leg of young lamb for lunch. Consumed during the evening. I am a patient man.

Abierta y servida pero necesitando más de cuatro horas en un decantador para empezar a brillar. Servido a 13C. De color carmesí oscuro, pero con una apariencia madura en nariz con aromas de lápiz, rosas podridas, menta vulgar, tierra y setas. Muy Pauilliac en lugar de ser una verdadera Saint Julien.
En boca se mostró seca y corta. Solamente buena en su mejor momento.
Para esta añada útil una botella St Julien honesta, muy seca y atractiva. En mi opinión, esto requiere de una guarda extra.
Traté de maridarla con una pierna de ternasco aragonés al horno para el almuerzo. Consumida durante la tarde-noche. Soy un hombre paciente. (620 views)
 Tasted by ccn on 4/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Consistent notes to prior bottle. 2-hour decant seemed right though also approachable earlier. I'm less convinced than previously that this wine will improve significantly beyond here, though it's certainly not declining. (530 views)
 Tasted by vino vidi vici on 3/14/2015 flawed bottle: Over the hill - too bad. One bottle left. Will pull soon and give it a try... (643 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 2/3/2015 & rated 90 points: souper avec Gaël et plusieurs à l'Os
Une belle rondeur, c'est fruité et bien équilibré, impeccable! J'étais sur un St Julien 2000. Il fut préféré par tous au Fort de Latour 2001, pour 25% du prix...90 pts (852 views)
 Tasted by SoCal on 9/21/2014: Very good. Balanced, nuance, and impressive for the vintage. (1814 views)
 Tasted by diggydan on 5/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Really tasty and high class. Nose is all tobacco leafy and cedary and pencil shavingly good. Palate has deep minerality and leather-driven flavors and ample acids and even more tannins. Drinking well now with steak but not going nowhere neither. (2290 views)
 Tasted by ccn on 4/20/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well now -- a lovely St Julien. Compared to the 2005 which we had the same day, less concentrated -- a light wine, but with good length and complexity. Delicious black fruit (blueberries?), minerals, good acidity, tannins softening. Very nice now, interesting to see how it will develop over 5-10 years. (2203 views)
 Tasted by ChristerE on 4/10/2014 & rated 85 points: The first bottle I opened had a over the hill nose but still pleasant to drink. Opened another and it was totally different and had a vitality that the first bottle did not have. (2226 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 2/25/2014 & rated 91 points: solid St. Julien claret. Dark fruit mainly cassis with nose of graphite and passing barnyard. Nice silky tannin and in great balance with the acid. pleasant finish. (2811 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Beautiful bouquet with barnyard, cassis, oak, cedar and cigar box. Same on the palate; still juicy cassis and other dark forest fruits, good acidity and a bit drying tannin and bitterness. A very complete wine. Ready now and with some future. Next bottle in 2016. (2358 views)
 Tasted by gven on 1/25/2014 & rated 89 points: Opened one hours before drinking. Light bodied, soft fruit, tannins still underneath. Very good. (1259 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 1/17/2014 & rated 90 points: Opened with pronounced oaky scents and flavors, but these dissipated after an hour of airtime. Once the oak died down, it revealed a classic mid-weight claret profile. Leathery, earthy, and herbaceous, with tannins well integrated, ample acidity, but with the fruit tasting a little flat and a bit astringent on the finish. A very good QPR BDX that built for the dinner table. (1238 views)
 Tasted by Khon Kaen on 12/31/2013 & rated 90 points: Consistent with my last posting. (1333 views)
 Tasted by ccn on 12/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Classic St Julien -- some fruit, very minerally, showing very well now. (1115 views)
 Tasted by Atreyu on 12/28/2013 & rated 88 points: Less developed than last bottle and quite different to my previous note. Dark, structured, relatively high acid with a firm grip. Needs more time but may never be great. (1162 views)
 Tasted by Morrisson on 11/24/2013: Excellent vin, encore de beaux fruits et des tannins biens fondus. Un vin a son appoge. (1188 views)
 Tasted by elledeca on 10/20/2013: Vintage Bordeaux dinner; 10/19/2013-10/20/2013 (chez nous): cassis, mint, polished leather. round full mouth, not very much acidity, a tiny green note with fruit and tannic finish. wait a bit. (1657 views)
 Tasted by ccn on 8/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Classic St Julien. Nose really built over the course of 2-3 hours. Fairly light, very much on minerals and acidity rather than fruit. Moderate length. Terroir-driven wine. Surely will improve considerably in 5+ years and is far from peak drinking (1814 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/25/2013 & rated 91 points: 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. (2768 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 7/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Medium/deep ruby core, medium pale garnet rim. Nose is reasonably developed with blackcurrant, gravel, touch of tobacco. Medium/full bodied on the palate, very soft tannins, lovely gravelly mineral undertow to sweet black fruits, a good length sweet, almost toffeed finish. Very attractive, drinking very well and whilst there is no particular hurry I don't think this has the structure for the very long term. (1979 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 7/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Klar, mørk rød. Dyp, floral nese av mørke bær; søte solbær, kirsebær, mild blyantspiss og lett vanilje. Bløt inngang. Fast og tørr frukt med frisk og saftig syre. Medium konsentrasjon. Preg av solbær og blåbær med mild sødme. Flott balanse. Tørr utgang med milde, men faste tanniner. God lengde. (1931 views)
 Tasted by MichielV on 7/5/2013 & rated 89 points: W steak BBQ. Didnt work well at all with the hollandaise. Got better after the meal but somehow it wasnt making me pay attention.
Ok wine. (1534 views)
 Tasted by mstar on 5/18/2013 & rated 90 points: Ruby coloured. Aromas of dried cherries and leather. Medium bodied wine with good fruit and tannin backbone. 30 second finish. (1576 views)
 Tasted by -Tim- on 2/25/2013 & rated 91 points: Consistent with my last posting.

Even though I have to say that I might be biased this time as I used my new handemade mouth-blown Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux glasses, which are just incredible! (2416 views)
 Tasted by Khon Kaen on 2/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Decanted for an hour. Deep red color. Medium to full-body. Nice nose of dark berries, oak and tobacco. Palate was dark fruit and some coffee. Very smooth and elegant tannins. It is very nice easy drinking now. Chateau Lagrange is great value wine, never disappoint. (1869 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2005
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) This is slightly more aromatic than Les Fiefs from the same vintage, although it is predominantly the nutty and mocha aromas of youth. Quite balanced and elegant on the palate, with a gentle structure, showing some depth on the midpalate and finish. Not very expressive at the moment, but has potential. I think this will be drinking well in 2-3 years, perhaps a little longer. Very good.  16+ points
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Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Producer website - Read more about Chateau Lagrange

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.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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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