Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • > Bordeaux
  • > Médoc
  • > St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 161

  • Anonymous wrote:

    January 13, 2015 - This was lighter in color and a bit thin out of the bottle vs. a 96 Lynch Bages next to it. But with about and hour of air it really came into its own, and at 90 minutes this was very good, showing dark fruits, earth, nice body, and a long finish. The more air it had, the better it was - a steal for the price. A-/A

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  • pavel_p Likes this wine: (91 points)

    December 29, 2014 - Bottle in excellent condition with in neck fill and barely stained cork. PnP. Needed perhaps 30 min in the open bottle to gain weight. Initially plenty of cedar, then sous bois and dark berries on the nose. Plenty of leather and tobacco on the palate together with some remaining dark fruit. Fine to medium tannins. Medium finish. Based on these recent bottles would recommend to drink up in the next couple years as there is not much fruit left to age for much longer.

  • DrinkBordeaux wrote: (91 points)

    November 30, 2014 - Still nice ruby color with some lightening at the edges. Nose was initially with strong animal and meaty notes, but this softened up after an hour. Nose exhibited blackcurrant, wet earth, cedar, cinnamon, and leather. Medium bodied. Round tannins, well-integrated. Medium finish. Firm structure should make this drink well for several more years.

  • blanquito wrote: (90 points)

    November 28, 2014 - This begins in a worrisome fashion, showing weedy and lean. Very different from the last time I had this, something like 4 years ago, when it was a still stolid and mute. It is now much more aromatic, with herbs and green notes, followed by a bright and thin palate... On Day 2, this pulls itself together with a fresh, intriguing bouquet of cedar, black currants and wintergreen. The palate has sweetened and deepened as well, but this is at most a medium bodied wine, with evident acidity and fading tannins. This has entered maturity, but for my money, it will probably continue to improve as Day 2 showed. 90 pts today, but it could climb into the 92 pt range in time.

  • MRichman wrote:

    November 24, 2014 - Dark, smoky with tacky oak and broad acid, mineral, iron. Long burnt oaky finish. Some herb, cedar, tar, a little lean. Early drinking window. Good but lacks panache.
    B

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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 24 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1787 (71%)
  • Consumed 715 (28%)

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