Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

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  • > Médoc
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Community Tasting Notes 151

  • 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.

  • spatchmo2 wrote: (93 points)

    August 16, 2014 - Great wine. Still has time left. Decant 3 plus hours. Great earth and terroir. Classic Bordeaux.

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  • Milos Likes this wine: (91 points)

    June 28, 2014 - This wine is approaching prime drinking window. Needed about an hour in the glass to open up fully. Dark red and blue fruits dominate the nose with touch of spice, tobacco and cinnamon adding complexity. Moderate balanced finish. Very easy to enjoy.

  • Papies wrote: (92 points)

    June 13, 2014 - Requires a touch of decanting, 30 mins helped for sure as the wine was very tight on open. Post this it was an old school well made claret, albeit at times rustic and with a grippy tannin only 1996 could produce. Still the fruit is there, the nose opened nicely and was just the treat. Very good old school claret and very good value for money. 92 and drinks well now and with a good 10 yrs of good life in it at least.

  • Rogershkg wrote: (91 points)

    May 5, 2014 - Drinking well. Dark colour. Nose not particularly prominent. Taste full with dark fruit a little spice and maybe tobacco. Long taste

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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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 25 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1776 (72%)
  • Consumed 660 (27%)

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