Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 186

  • Papies wrote: (92 points)

    June 25, 2016 - Took a good 30 minutes of decanting to get into its full stride. Maybe a bit of bottle variation here this time round but a very solid 92-93 performance in line with our previous 7 (yes seven) encounters over the last 3 years. This continues to perform well and is as we usually say an arbitrage in quality vs price. 92

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  • bureau Likes this wine:

    June 3, 2016 - Bravo. Decant for half hour max otherwise the fruit will dissipate and balance lost. At this stage the Tannins are fine, sour fruits blossoming. Suggest couple of years left to drink at (near) its best.

  • Paul D wrote:

    April 29, 2016 - Bordeaux Wimps (La Trompette, Chiswick): Mature, cedary, gently savoury, black and red berry fruit, touch of earth, very fine tannins, good length finish. Very good indeed. ***

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • redders Likes this wine: (92 points)

    April 10, 2016 - mid red no brown. Mid weight nose developing secondary aromas. Very elegant fruit and cedar, mid weight at first followed by a burst of flavour , but all in balance. Very good wine

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • BenBlu Likes this wine: (93 points)

    March 11, 2016 - This wine had stiff competition this evening being "wedged" in between a wonderful Clerc Milon 1990 and a Las Cases 1990. Very very slight TCA, which was so mild that I will discount this entirely and certainly this is an issue with this particular bottle... Great wine, which was looking incredibly youthful, stark in contrast of colour to a ruby Clerc Milon (the Clerc Milon I though looked youthful for a 26 year old, but then comes along this 20 year old that looks like a 5 year old). Very nice fruit showing the longer the wine got air (decanted for 1.5 hours prior to tasting, ideally give this 5 hours before consuming). This wine will last another 2 decades and will reach full maturity in around 5+ years. Definitely one to seek out at a reasonable price. Not as good as the 1990 Lagrange, but still a winner!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

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View From the Cellar

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

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

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    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 32 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,885 (68%)
  • Consumed 847 (31%)

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