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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 76 
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 2001 and 2011 (based on 4 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 6 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jkoenen on 1/23/2013 & rated 90 points: Bright garnet in the glass, evident bricking. Delicious nose of polished antique furniture, soy-sauce, dried cherries, cigarbox and mixed spices. In the mouth this is medium bodied and classically structured. Completely mature, of course. No tannines left. Still quite fresh and showing good complexity through interesting notes of cinnamon, cloves, damp earth, wet barrels, sweet plums. At the end of the evening, hints of iron and dried blood turned up. This is best drunk at the table next to a light, but hearty meal, and served just beneath room temperature. 17.5/20 (2031 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 3/12/2009: My comments echo those of Zweder below. I expected very little and this wine more than delivered. Seemed remarkably young and rich in flavor (2635 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/17/2008 & rated 87 points: Mature and complex bouquet with some barnyard. Soft and juicy, some pleasant sweetness, pepper and soft tannin. Surprisingly fresh for a wine of this age. (2771 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 5/2/2008 & rated 90 points: Lagrange and Poujeaux @ my place (Netherlands): Cedar, cigar/tobaccoleaf, lavas, coffee, pencil. Lovely, velvety mouthfeel. Perfectly matured and best of my bottles to date. Previous ones seemed a little OTH. 17,5/20. (2993 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/26/1994 & rated 89 points: Dark and still almost purple. A lot of vanilla and butter in the bouquet. Creamy taste as well. Beautiful supple tannin and new oak. Good harmony. Still a lot of power. (3144 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, 1985 Claret The Finest Bordeaux Vintage of the 1980s (9/1/2014)
(Château Lagrange) Login and sign up and see review text.
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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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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