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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 76 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Lagrange (St. Julien) (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationSt. Julien
UPC Code(s)000000076227

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2026 (based on 114 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Lagrange St. Julien on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.7 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 209 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by edjDelray on 5/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Decanted for 2 hours and drank an hour later. Smooth and long...yes a little heavy on the oak, but medium to long finish. Drinking well with a decant. Branaire 2000 showed promise, but was drinking much tighter and closed this night. (450 views)
 Tasted by macaujames on 5/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Had top class spicy, aromatic and complex aromas of oaky, cedary, vanillary bluberries, plums, flowers, cassis and leather. Its medium to full bodied eliptical and elegant palate has lovely concentration, a very oaky, plump and fruity deliniated middle and ends long, fresh and rolling. Will improve. (827 views)
 Tasted by hkm520240 on 4/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Nice expressive aromas of rich cassis fruits, plum, black berries, cigar box, pencil shavings, black ink and hints of menthol and toasted oak.
Robust and smooth entry, along with rich cassis fruits, tobacco, hints of menthol and vanilla, still pretty tight. Ripe fruits flavours with good acidity. Grippy tannins, medium+ finish. (1338 views)
 Tasted by traubenliebe on 2/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Tabacco mineral nose. Some roast and vanilla. Wonderful fresh berry. Structured excellent tannins. Moderate finish. After some time the nose developes incredibly nice. There is leather mixed with strawberries. Cream vanilla hints. the tannins are wonderful and elegant but present. Sweet liquerish finish (2214 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 2/2/2015 & rated 91 points: Good clean flavors, lively. Not earth-shattering though. (2489 views)
 Tasted by nc99 on 1/30/2015 & rated 91 points: The wine started opening up after 1 hour of decanting. The nose had green peppers and it was gamey. The wine was very lively with ripe dark fruits, vanilla and chocolate. It will improve with more time in the cellar. It's a classic left bank Bordeaux. (2273 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 12/2/2014 & rated 93 points: A beefy, brawny St. Julien with ground espresso and tilled wet earth followed by vibrant black fruit. Drinking very nice, but its still far from its apex. Good things to come...correction...BETTER things to come. (3589 views)
 Tasted by cos82 on 11/22/2014 & rated 91 points: Popped and poured resulting in an initial rustic earthy quality. Over time it mellowed into a very nice wine. Plum in color with a fine nose of cherry and earth. Fine palate of blackberry, smoke and earth. A 2 hour decant is suggested. (3235 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 11/11/2014 & rated 85 points: Earthy, with blackberries and tobacco in the nose. This medium bodied wine has a distinct green pepper note that is off putting. There is some rusticity to the tannins in the finish. Previous bottles have been better. (3252 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 11/9/2014 & rated 92 points: Second Sunday Group: 2007 California Cabs/blends (R&D's): Good earthy funk with red fruit underneath. The palate follows the bouquet. Nicely integrated and drinking very well right now. (2781 views)
 Tasted by ataraxy on 11/6/2014 & rated 93 points: This is drinking very nicely now. needs 1.5 hours to open up. (2657 views)
 Tasted by Sixchips600 on 10/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Wood dominates at first. After decanting, prominent notes of cedar covering sweet fruit and forest floor elements. Easy to drink with smooth texture and sweet plum fruit but not rich and round and still prominent wood, which is nice to drink but not integrated as I would have hoped. With more age, would the wood take over even more? (2317 views)
 Tasted by Benj on 9/16/2014 & rated 91 points: After 1 hour in decanter. Beautiful classic nose of sweet dark brambly fruit, cooked blackberry, blackcurrants and blueberry; spiced lacquered wood, a touch of meatiness. On the palate, good acid, medium tannin, still just a touch tight, medium finish, ends in plum skins. Best over the next 5-10 yrs I expect. 13% (2572 views)
 Tasted by EMAZurich on 8/28/2014 & rated 92 points: St. Julien - Paulliac - St. Estephe (Zurich): Notizen nachträglich erfasst.

2 Stunden vorweg geöffnet, Depot getrennt und zurück in die Flasche. Hat sich als richtiges Timing herausgestellt wenn man den Wein über weitere 3 Stunden beobachten will.

Jugendliche, dunkles Rubin. Tolle, ausdrucksstarke Nase von Beginn an. Am Gaumen vorerst verhalten und etwas säurelastig, nach ca. 1.5 Stunden kommt Lagrange und erreicht den balancierten, vollmundigen Level von Pichon Baron.

Die Reife wirkt trotzdem eher "erzwungen"... Ich werde mit meinen weiteren Flaschen noch 2-3 Jahre warten. (2879 views)
 Tasted by mclanew on 6/30/2014 & rated 90 points: This was a bit disappointing. Big bodied with lots of potential but a bit blocky and disjointed. Terrific fruit and concentration. One to watch a few more years. (3798 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 6/19/2014: This is in a really great place now. Everything is nicely balanced. Old world character, cigar box, dark fruit, a bit of spiciness with a firm structure. Long finish. (3664 views)
 Tasted by ctjared on 6/10/2014: Very solid. Super balanced dark fruit on smooth tannins, medium finish. very easy drinking. (3334 views)
 Tasted by Rollerball on 5/26/2014 & rated 94 points: Exceeding all expectations! A mature saline classic with a cherry right where you need it. (3422 views)
 Tasted by Cheungtp on 5/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Even at fourteen years of age, this solid St Julian still possess a young profile. Dark purple core, with nose filled with black currants, spice box, black licorice, graphite mineral, hint of herbs and tobacco leaf. Slightly acidic on entry to the palate, refreshing, medium mouth feel, with sweet fruits and spice notes. Tannins can still use some bottle time to mellow down, will be drinking much nicer in another 3 to 5 years. (2843 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Needs decanting, a good hour or so to hit its full stride at this stage. Once again and especially in good years like 2000 the lagrange performs well above its price range (~65£).
Still early in its drinkign window and with lots of life ahead, full of dark fruits and with a herby & light peppery nose. Similarly on the palate it has a firm solid structure, good ripe and solid fruit core. Just starting to show light signs of a secondary side but the main character is one of solid fruit. Proper little number. 92-93 and with room to improove (2627 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 5/11/2014: Really quite nice, good richness to the fruit, nothing too big here, sides are smooth, nice dark fruit, long in the mouth. Really good showing. Time in the cellar has caused this to show rounder sides and a silky mouthfeel. I really like the richness of fruit here. Nicely balanced with nothing sticking out. Very enjoyable. Many years left. Neil calls this “gravely”. Rothmann's with Brooklynguy. (2651 views)
 Tasted by Tony Poli on 4/11/2014 & rated 92 points: Decanted a couple of hours. Tasted very young and fruity, with plenty of backbone to age many more years. Smoother and softer than the other classified left bank wines in the tasting, like it might have some more Merlot in it. If I had more, I would hold. (2964 views)
 Tasted by honest bob on 2/21/2014 & rated 90 points: From 75cl, basically good cork, but pretty saturated and spongey. Decanted; didn't open up much over 2 hours. Big black-red wine; aromatically closed, but some hints of attractive cedar scent; broad sweet blackberry entry with just a hint of cassis; some concentrated licquorice action and surprisingly soft tannins on the mid-palate, however still a pretty thick and muddy texture; shortish, very slightly tongue-furry finish; a nice after-glow of ripe dark fruits. Very good wine, drinkable now but probably best starting in 4-5 years time. 90P(?) (3146 views)
 Tasted by wurzel68 on 2/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Leider die Verkostungsnotizen der anderen nicht vorher gelesen. Kräftige, von Zeder, Tabak und Cassis dominierte Aromen, Gewürze, Pfeffer, am Gaumen mittelkörniges Tannin, eher verschlossen wirkend; leckerer mittlerer Abgang, aber viel Potential (3348 views)
 Tasted by janbecker on 2/17/2014 & rated 91 points: Decanted 1 hr in advance and drank over 2 hours. 1st bottle of 3. Very nice, but expected more, knowing and liking Lagrange from lesser vintages. Drank alongside 2000 Branaire, which was superior. (3065 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/18/2010)
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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 Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/20/2005)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116
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Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
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Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/4/2004)
(Lagrange) Stunning nose of cocoa, leather, mint, bbq sauce, menthol, asian spice. Very aromatically precise. Almost like a solid in the mouth. Great density and weight but still retains elegance. It was amazing how big how many of the 2000's were but what was more amazing was how much elegance they had. They all punched you in the face, but you saw it coming in very slow motion. Remarkable - - this vintage.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2003
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Fat and rich on the nose, with dense black cherry fruit and oak, with a burnt, toasty edge - perhaps even a touch of roasting to the flavour profile. The palate is unsurprisingly still packed with tannin and very backward at this stage it its development. Nevertheless there is a hint of fat, rich opulence here and buttery fruit. Destined for excellence. Needs a decade in the cellar.  17+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (5/9/2003)
(Château Lagrange (St. Julien)) Meaty nose; very concentrated, rich, tasty, cassis, plum palate; medium-plus finish  92 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

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Bordeaux

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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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