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 Vintage1961 Label 1 of 102 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: not specified
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.5 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 4 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 5/18/2013: Flickinger "Significant Cellar" Tasting (Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Not a personal favorite today, this showed lots more acidity and tannins than overall charm or flavors. (1670 views)
 Tasted by Greg Munyard on 5/5/2013: In remarkable condition; brickish red (still) clour, right to the edge of the glass.

Nose and palate still showing dominant cassis, with green beans and hints of tobacco. Not extraordinary complexity but beautifully together and remarkably youthful for its 52 years. Showed the longevity of well cellared 1961 Bordeaux. Some thought it was a 1978, it showed that well. Thanks, Bill! (1099 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 7/26/2012 & rated 92 points: Paul's Bday at Custom House: Lovely nose of dark ripe dry red fruits, slight sour cherry.
Bit of nice sour red cherry flavors then falls off quickly. A very Burgundian, soft elegant, refined and finesse, seems younger then vintage, just falls off quickly. Good sour cherry edge. Seems younger than vintage especially from 1961. (2345 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 7/26/2012 & rated 87 points: Birthday Celebration (Custom House Tavern - Chicago IL): From 375 ml bottle. Tart black cherry aromas and flavors to start, fell off very quickly into something much less interesting after 15 minutes. (2165 views)

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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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