Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 208

  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: (92 points)

    August 10, 2017 - Nose of barnyard, grilled bell pepper, black berry, black currants, saddle leather, and black cherry, same on the palate, big body, the barnyard and bell pepper drive the wine tonight, tasty, mouth filling fruit, and a long, flavorful finish and aftertaste.

  • tomlee wrote: (93 points)

    August 7, 2017 - Crimson in color. 13% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, cigar box, leather and pencil shavings. Lush, rich and elegant. Medium body with moderate acidity and resolved tannins. Cherries, plums, currants and iron on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Just a gorgeous bottle of Bordeaux that is aging beautifully. Hard to imagine this wine gets better from here but well stored bottles will drink well for another 2-4 years.

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  • ONEFIVE Likes this wine:

    July 21, 2017 - Still appears youthful in the glass.
    Bell pepper overwhelms the fruit, but there are still some sexy flavors going on here.
    Is in a nice place at the moment but I'd wait another 5 years to let it develop more intriguing characteristics.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Fred_Bo Likes this wine: (93 points)

    June 30, 2017 - This was pure enjoyment bottled!

    This is one of the best price quality ratios you get in Bordeaux!

    Pops of to eucalyptus, menthol, pencil shapings, meat and a dusty chesterfield chair. Magical!

    This is prime drinking at the moment at top of the peak. But one is never static, so it would be fun to drink in 20 years time and see the development!

    Drink now or hold for another decade

  • MrBrege wrote: (92 points)

    May 28, 2017 - Pnp and left in glass for half an hour. Still right in its drinking window, fresh but also mature with some tertiary notes, will not improve from here but should stay at this level for a few years but no more. 92-93

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2008, Issue #15, Château Lagrange: Traditional Claret in the Heart of St. Julien

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 28 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,012 (67%)
  • Consumed 952 (32%)

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