Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • > Bordeaux
  • > Médoc
  • > St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 155

  • JeremyQ Likes this wine: (92 points)

    November 22, 2014 - A lovely bottle, still drinking young considering its 18 years old

  • kfinsrud wrote: (88 points)

    November 16, 2014 - Drukket over 2 dager. Halve flasken dekantert 2 timer på dag 1. Rubinrød med lilla innslag på farge. Åpner med tung overvekt av sedertre. Det er vanskelig å finne noe utover dette på en medium (+) intens nese. Slikt sett virker vinen ganske endimensjonal. Det pleier på bdx å ligge noe mer bak; f.eks solbær, blyantspiss eller sigarkasse. Bra syrestruktur og grei lengde. Svakt tørrende finish. Tanninene er der, men klart tilgjengelige. Noe frukt kjennes i munnen som ikke finnes på nese; de etterlengtede solbærene (cassis). Jeg ble skuffet over vinen tatt i betraktning årgang, slott og appelasjon (St. Julien). Den utviklet seg ikke positivt med mer luft utover kvelden, ble bare flatere. På dag 2 (kun luftet i flaske) er vinen litt mer positiv da den utviser ørlite mer på nese (urter bl.a) og drar på seg litt kompleksitet, uten å nå de store høyder. Passet utmerket til mat i form av biff, jordskokkpure og bearnaise samt lammegryte på dag 2. Har en flaske til, venter 3-5 år med den.

  • Purple Tooth wrote: (93 points)

    November 9, 2014 - Another great Lagrange that is supposed to be way more tired than it is. As a matter of fact, if this bottle was human, I would say she's 35! No ambering, thick and vibrant appearance..In the mouth there is no mistake that this is a an old French wine in the likes of Bordeaux and possibly a killer Cdp from the likes of Pegau. The wine had minimal sweetness of melted red fruit, cradled by old cedar, underbrush and forest mushrooms. Attractive super acidity kept things very fresh and bright...Long life ahead, though I think that it is at its close to pleasure prime, because of the lightness in fruit.

  • Rieslingfan wrote:

    October 12, 2014 - When I first opened this I was not sure if it was correct. An hour later whatever bottle funk it had blew off, revealing a somewhat oaky, but still very engaging Bordeaux. Not terribly fruity, it showed leather, deep earth, some dark fruit but a more meaty element than fruity. It made a good match with our beef stew, and that's what really matters.

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  • Pknut wrote:

    September 24, 2014 - About 2.5 years since my last bottle. This has condensed inward and lost much of its mass. It still shows red-to-black fruit like red currant, the tannins are fine and softening, and the wine is more streamlined than in the past. As it has reduced its mass, it has not yet taken on much in the way of secondary development. The structure, though, has softened, only to firm up again somewhat as the wine airs. Went very nicely with veal steaks off the bbq. Erev Rosh In New City.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Château Lagrange (St Julien)) Definitely some development here, although it is over five years since I last - experimentally - opened one of these. Certainly all those primary aromas of coffee, caramel and other oak-related characteristics have long gone. The colour still has a claretty hue although with a dusty, mahogany tinge to it as well now. And the nose is much more secondary, showing notes of roasted fruits, gamey and bloody beef and highly aromatic hints of juniper berry and bay leaf. Rather light at the start on the palate, although there is a very restrained substance and tangible texture to the wine running through the middle of the palate, but nothing of the fleshy style that I think typifies more 'modern' Bordeaux. Defined, fresh, with a lovely roasted black berry fruit character here underpinning the more complex aromatics that were found on the nose. Plenty of firm and sappy tannin in the finish although nothing out of balance, so this seems approachable now, although I am sure there is more to come here - for my palate at least. But there is no need to shy away from opening one now, if you have more than a couple of bottles.

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2005 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Two bottles within a week or so of each other. The nose shows coffee oak, molasses, mocha and caramel - wow! Full, creamy and luscious palate, full of delightfully textured black fruits with plenty of extract. Roasted berries, iron, bloody beef, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit character. This has all the stuffing required for the cellar. Excellent potential. This will continue to improve over the next eight years at the very least.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lagrange (St. Julien)
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Code 325869006423

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 31 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1761 (71%)
  • Consumed 693 (28%)

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