Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 191

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • galewskj wrote: (92 points)

    December 16, 2016 - Luis Tilia WTDS plus Happy Birthday to Gary and Me (Tilia): Decanted 40 minutes, then brought to a tasting and shared with 7 others. This is old-school Bordeaux through-and-through, including it's rather lackluster palate compared to the spectacular nose. Some fruit left, but not much. Mostly secondary and tertiary qualities.

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  • macaujames Likes this wine: (92 points)

    November 13, 2016 - It has aromas of camphor, blue fruits, flowers, plums, cedar, leather and cassis. This was pure elegance on the layered longilinear yet concentrated and opulent 1996 style blue fruited palate with cedary hints. Ends long, aristocratic and flowery. This has understated opulence and wonderful balance. Can be kept for a long time.

  • The Vines That Bind wrote: (92 points)

    October 25, 2016 - 1996 Bordeaux Blind: Lovely nose, minty and menthol. Ferns. Some cinnamon with raspberry and blueberry underneath. Good palate, juicy flavor, balance, and that same tingling mint through a high acid finish. Technically very good.

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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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  • 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 24 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,959 (68%)
  • Consumed 901 (31%)

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