Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 194

  • O'Meara Likes this wine:

    February 25, 2017 - Ready for business. Pop, pour, sip, smile.

    If you are compelled to save for a few more years, I would guess there is at least five years left in the plateau...maybe more. The color is still vibrant, the fruit still fresh.

    I have a case left, but not for long!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Fred_Bo Likes this wine: (90 points)

    February 5, 2017 - Tasted blind at X-wine Competition at Chateau Figeac.

    The nose was revealing hints of gravel, menthol, eucalyptus and red berries.

    The palate was rather closed but developed as the glass got warmer. The gravel and meatiness evolved into a beautiful bouquet of flowers, curred BBQ, menthol and oak. Very beautiful for a wine with some age.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Harley1199 Likes this wine:

    January 25, 2017 - Enofusión 2017; 1/23/2017-1/25/2017 (IFEMA - Madrid): Aged to perfection. It's still a fresh wine. I think it's a blast right now, but it still has a catch. On the nose, roses predominate. Tar in the mouth? There is nothing at all. It is round but soft, with a complex structure and acidity, both. I think it's one of the best sample for anyone who wants to get close to a mature Bordeaux. An accessible St Julien. As it should be.

    Envejecida como toca. Tiene frescura todavía. Me parece una gozada ahora mismo aunque le queda tralla todavía. En nariz predominan las rosas. Alquitrán en boca? No tiene nada de nada. Esta redondo pero con suavidad, estructura compleja y acidez. Me parece de lo mejor para quién quiera acercarse a un Burdeos maduro. Un St Julien accesible. Como debe ser.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Likes this wine: (93 points)

    January 6, 2017 - Popped and poured, and drank over 2 hours. Fully mature Bordeaux and in the best drinking window for me - settled, with tertiary notes, but still some oomph of fruit remaining. Will hold for 5 more years if you like more finesse and less power.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • SonnyChiba wrote: (92 points)

    December 26, 2016 - As others have pointed out, best at about 20-30 min of air, and holds for about an hour or two. Aged just right, with good balance of fruit and secondary flavors. Very classic in style. Nose and palate dominated by red cherry licorice, sweet tobacco, and herbs. At 20 years old, great spot for drinking now and likely ok over the next few years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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

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  • Pending Delivery 23 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,970 (68%)
  • Consumed 913 (31%)

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