Have had 3 bottles of this over the last couple of months. One of them was cooked and over the hill but the other two were good. For the good bottles, there was little at fault I could find. Even at 25, this is a powerful, tannic wine. Yet, there is also the unmistakable elegance and sweetness that come with maturity. Overall, this is in a good spot right now, where the power of youth and the mellowness of maturity are perfectly balanced. Very enjoyable experience.
Lovely aged Bordeaux. Decanted for 1.5 hours before drinking at annual steak & wine dinner. Completely different experience, but even held its own among lots of 2012 Napa cabs. Nice mature Bordeaux nose as initial bottle funk blew off, terrific balance on the palate, fruit still holding, nice smoke & leather notes, plenty long finish. Has to be at its peak, but will last some years at this level. Was a revelation for many of the Napa fans. Wish I had more!
1990 Bordeaux tasting in 2015 - round #1 (The Traklin - new location): double decanting for sediments removal 2 hours prior to drinking leaking cork under the capsule only, no drops out of the capsule light red-brown colour surprisingly no oxidation signes on the nose & palate, soft tertiary aromas of earthy-leather, medium bodied, soft tannins, good acidity level, lacks complexity, still enjoyable on the palate on its own, pleasant lingering finish.
Holy moly! Bring it on! In awe...See other notes...This bottle was light footed and so freaking elegant, mature, yet vibrant and long that it was astonishing how young it tasted. Lots of improvement with air..can go another 10 years easy and I think it will STILL IMPROVE.
still going strong though I notice my scores have gone 96,95 and now 94....hopefully not a trend as I have 2 more remaining! Actually the wine got better with each passing sip and finished on a high note. Dense with dark fruit/earth character a nice mid palate and a primary fruit feel. the tannins as barely noticeable as you'd expect.
This is an underrated bottle of wine. If you're looking to explore the vintage this is a nice one to put on your list
Very nice, but I was expecting a bit more from this wine. Barnyard and saddle leather well integrated into a soft expression of well-aged plums and a bit of forest floor made this wine a winner with roast lamb. Don't let this one go too much longer.
Classic mature Bordeaux. Lots of cedar, earth and red fruits on the nose with a big dose of funk/barnyard. This gained body and depth as it sat, so I would open it about 1/2 beforehand. I wouldn't decant. Great round red and black fruits, with earth, minerality, graphite, and some light mint. Medium body, integrated tannins, solid acidity and a nice finish. Quite nice. No hurry to drink this.
Getting 2015 Started Right (Concord, MA): Nose: Red Cherry, Red Vines, Berry Jam, Spice and Leather. Fantastic nose. Palate: Wow the palate feel here is so deep and polished. Red fruit leads the way with just a touch of glycerin, and is surrounded by tobacco, leather, wet rock and olive notes. So much going on here and fruit/acid are in perfect balance. Finish: Powerful with ripe tannin and a tart blackberry and spice notes.
This wine over-delivered in most ways. Great balance and it really gave a lush twist on St. Julien.
Past its prime, lost some of its fruit and body. Tannins are subdued, but at expense of flavor I am afraid. Should have drank years ago. Not much depth or character. Giving it a 90 because it still has some flavor albeit weak.
The cork was soaked and came out, thankfully, in three big enough pieces...though I would have put up with some cork to enjoy this wine! Dark, currants, and leather underlay the still decent fruit on the palette. This is my last one of a case I purchased as futures...wish I had bought more!
Cork was soaked halfway. Popped and poured, and drank over 2 hours. The nose of dark cherry, leather, and funk was intoxicating; I couldn't keep my nose out of the glass. The palate was silky smooth. The fruit was so well balanced with earthiness, tobacco, and hints of licorice. Round tannins and a long finish that tells me that there is a long life ahead for this wine. Classic 1990s St. Julien Bordeaux. I will try to resist the urge to open another one of these for awhile.
1990 Bordeaux Tasting (Kevin's (Minneapolis)): Still amazingly youthful with raspberries, funk, leather, tobacco and earth. Nose and palate match to perfection. Medium to long finish and this wine should continue to evolve over the next 25 years.
Big Bordeaux VIII : 1990 (Kevin's house): Per the host, Slow-O for 1.5hrs and decanted for 75 minutes. I drank a small glass over about an hour. Funk and licorice on the nose. Palate is very dry in an earthy way, with a hint of smoke, leather, very long finish with firm accessible tannins.
Big Bordeaux VIII: 1990 Retrospective with Montrose, LMHB, PB, LP, and more (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Dark red to very dark red color with a mildly bricked 2-3mm margin. Slow-O for 1.5hrs and decanted for 75 minutes; drank 1 glass over 3 hours plus. This was beautiful and open from the start, setting the bar very high indeed. A gorgeous nose with lovely cedar, very floral and perfumed, with graphite, a touch of funk, blueberry, cassis, dry earthy notes, and hints of balsamic. The palate has medium body, finesse and poise, saddle leather, funk, cassis, graphite, licorice, mineral, and a very long finish. Fabulous, elegant, and probably at peak but there's no hurry at all. 94+pts.
Phenomenal! Started out frustrated, and within 5 minutes, the genie was out and it was ready to make a statement! Classic St. Julien with lots of cedar, mushroom, au jus, and a distinct fennel exit. The finish is super long and vibrant and its center of the palate is bright and extremely youthful. It tastes half of its age with gobs of fruit and primary stages of ambering at the edges after 24 years! Holy moly!
Friday Night Double Blind Semi-Mondo $80+ (Bin 75): Very dark core with lots of bricking, sediment; Bordeaux funk, tilled earth, red currant, green pepper, green tobacco, maduro, ripe, luxurious, tertiary; smooth fruit, softer tannin, spicy red currant; very good.
Decanted 30 minutes. Cork stained just short of 1/2 way up. This was very good, but similar to my last note this seems to be losing just a bit and had a touch of dryness on the end, so would be drinking. A-
Not under perfect conditions, but I felt this was very good, and went well with food. Soft, complete, but feels like it is losing some steam so based on this bottle it is very good now but I would be drinking up. A-
Opened one hour before dinner but no decant. Shared with 9 other people together with rack of lamb...quite tasty, still dark and improving with air and time....remains a gorgeous wine and a great value IMHO
Hardly any discolouration, pretty dark still, especially for a wine that is 24 years old. Cedary nose, sweet spices, black pepper as well as tobacco, red and black fruit. Very, very nice. Good depth and complexity with a lovely breadth on the palate, nice acidity and rather big, good fruit and round tannins. Very good balance, impressive length. Excellent, with plenty of life left. 93-94+
Ripe cranberry and blueberry nose with red apple brightness. Red liquorice, cedar, beans, tobacco, florals and chocolate. Medium bodied palate with a bit thin feel to the fruit. Some apple core -like character, but no TCA. In fact the palate filled out with exposure and became quite meaty. Good acidity and clearly some tannic bite with tart red berries and vegetable action. Liquorice, bitter herbs, chocolate and smoke in the aftertaste. The fruit started out very thin, but the tertiary aromas delivered and I quite enjoyed this. Although I don't think this was in perfect condition.
very good not great is what sprang to mind. the colour is still strong - deep ruby - very youthful appearance. the nose was the first slight disappointment as it was quite muted. Much much better on the palate with soft ripe dark fruit and a touch of smoke and cedar - this seems ready to drink with minimal air . The finish however was just medium (2nd slight disappointment). you have to admire where this sits at age 24, but on balance I believe low 90s is the correct score range.
Appealing St.-Julien-nose, sweet ripe fruits, some liqueur, great freshness, still a bit tight in the palate, but only a lower/middle-length-finish. Very good, but not exciting, this is the perfect match for a casual-friday dinner (we had it with chicken pasta w light tomato sauce). Decanting not very helpful at this point. This wine is in its prime drinking window, will easily last a decade and more. For drinking on its own, I would wait at least five more years.
Quite a lot more evolved than the last bottle tasted a year ago. Blackberry and violet aromas, leading into a fresh, round blend of blackberry, blackcurrant and violet. It didn't need too long to open up, there's great charm and elegance, but without the trademark St.Julien spices I was expecting - in fact it tasted very much more like one of the meatier Margaux. There's no sign of decline yet and the wine will certainly hold for another five to ten years: the freshness is just as surprising as it was last year. But it never really took off and I was underwhelmed. Hopefully bottle variation?
Prior bottles were very, very good. This one was just good. Perhaps the wine is in a "dumb" phase, but that seems unlikely given its age. Not likely a bad bottle, as the cork was in very good condition and ullage was minimal. Tannins resolved. All of the taste I expected was there, just a little muted. Seems unlikely to improve. Am going to move my back end drink year from 2022 to 2016.
2 hour slo ox with 1 hour decant. Dark color with no bricking. Beautiful nose with immediate oak and cedar. Deep notes of secondary Bordeaux. Some fruit persits Medium to full bodied . Paltate with more of the same in spades with long lingering finish. Quite a surprise. 94 points!
Slow o'd for a couple hours. Old world and textbook aged bordeaux in my opinion. Lots of barnyard funk on the nose. Burnt oak, leather, cedar and tar on the palate. The palate became soft after about 2 hours and our communal thought was that the bottle was fading at that point.
Just delightful! Well made, well stored and well consumed. Perfect bottle and cork. Multilayered nose with secondary/tertiary notes of aged Bordeaux. Tannins mostly resolved, but still present. Smooth on the mouthfeel. Plenty of fruit left, with more of the nose on the palate. Medium/full bodied. Long finish. Very pleasing wine!
Was fortunate enough to taste this along side my '00. Classic Bordeaux for me. Tobacco, leather, pencil intermixed with dark fruit, dried leafs and coffee. Everything was in balance. Top 3 bottle of the night for me.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark crimson; classic Bordeaux nose, damp earth, red currant, Cab based, stank, tobacco; softened tannin, still good structure, sweet and resolved; really tasty and drinking well; I was surprised by the age; you could almost overlook how good this was by its softness and drinkability; 92+.
Stunningly delicious and perfectly mature Bordeaux. Nose is wide open after only a brief slow-ox, showing almost perfumey cedar aromas blending beautifully with high-toned fruits and tobacco smoke. Just gorgeous to swirl and sniff. Tannins are fully integrated, leaving behind a silky smooth mouthfeel and lovely, sappy finish. On par with the outstanding '90 Leoville Poyferre in my book.
A perfect bottle of this classic wine. This might remind me why I used to love Bordeaux so much. Not huge nor anywhere close to being a blockbuster fruit bomb-but lead pencil, licorice, iron, black cherry maybe some violet. Left standing up overnight-decanted after being opened about 15 minutes, so pretty much a pop and pour. Got better as it sat in the glass. Really excellent. A "good drink" as the British used to say.
Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Fresh, mostly black fruit with faint hints of age. I thought this considerably younger than 1990. Lots of power, concentration, good plum and currant. Very good, i thought it a bit one dimensional today with potential with some more evolution. Others liked this more than I did today.
Very long cork that was wet until the last cm. Did not decant, but it was beautiful right out of the bottle. Delicate and with finesse, yet full of flavor. Nose of tobacco and autumn leaves. Silky texture. Fruit was still there. Nicely balanced. Was as good or better than I was remembering from my last bottle. I would say this is drinking near its peak. I don't see it improving much and it's really enjoyable now.
This is a wine to seek out as it is reasonably priced (for an old Bordeaux) and really brings something to the table. Wines like this reinforce my belief the 1990 vintage is behind only the 1982 in terms of greatness.
Strong aromas of blackberries, leather and coffee, it exudes sweetness. This Lagrange is full bodied with a long finish. there's ripe blackberries, licorice and a wonderful combination of jam and tannins that take you on long ride. It gets better and better as the night goes on.
Everyone knows the first growths and super seconds are going to produce great wines in great vintages but you're going to pay up for them. It's wines like this that make exploring Bordeaux fun and worth the journey.
La Commanderie de Bordeaux: Chateau Lagrange Vertical (Bishop's - Vancouver, BC): Great powerful nose displaying plenty of saddle leather and lead pencil, along with bright red cherry, fresh mint, some floral notes, and a hint of cassis sweetness. More to the dark fruit end of the spectrum on the palate, showing rich black cherry, cigar box, lead pencil, leather, cedar, black licorice, black pepper, and some fresh mint. Still some gripping tannins hanging in there that could use some time to soften a touch. A medium length finish ending on notes of lead pencil and black cherry. Still showing lots of power and quite youthful, yet a bit of austerity, this needs some time to be at peak but will reward those who are patient. This was the first vintage of Lagrange to include the Petit Verdot in its final blend, which was planted in 1985. This was clearly the wine of the evening. Fantastic
Drank, after decanting, with several other Bordeaux wines from strong years. This was the oldest. It was very nice and had retained some of its fruit and oak. It was a pleasure to drink and was a nice example of an aged Bordeaux. It is losing some of its depth and complexity due to age.
Still very dark and concentrated colour, only just starting to brick at the edges. Quite firm at first, this needed 3 hrs decanting to open up, then the wine softened progressively over the next few hours. Intense blackberry flavours, with a touch of blackcurrant and violet, this is remarkably fresh and round, with real charm, like the 85 only much better. Easily the best Lagrange ever, good for at least another decade.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs and aromas of cabbage, prune, fig and black pepper. It's balanced and has flavours of bell pepper, blackberry, raspberry, violet and mushroom with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a medium finish - A lovely Bordeaux. I true enjoyment today with lots more to give. I suggest it's just starting to fully mature and can easily go another 7-10 years
I must say I was a bit underwhelmed, especially after having this from a pristine half bottle in Paris last year. This time the wine had a much more powerful, but ultimately more herbaceous, less fruity and less elegant aspect. Perhaps this just needs more time. Good, but not great.
Tasted blind. Deep ruby with just a touch of orange at the rim. The nose is rather closed, small black berries, pencil shavings, tobacco. Very concentrated, but at the same time extremely elegant palate, wonderfully complex, harmonious, softly textured yet with a good structure. Dark and red fruit, coffee, very light acidity and some minerality. Nothing excessive, all in a perfect balance. A bit drying finish with some emerging coal bitterness, but a really wonderful wine anyway!
This wine is a bit lactic in the bouquet as well as the taste. Also some caramel in the bouquet. Pleasant. On the palate quite charming, round and creamy. Still fruity and youthful with some pleasant toasted oak, but mature as well. Will probably drink nicely until at least 2017+
@ 1990 Bordeaux proeverij, restaurant Vis aan de Markt. Blind geproefd. Donkerrood. Boerse neus met cassis, tabak, bosgrond. Toch ook elegant, vol donker fruit en mokka in de smaak. Prima op dronk, niet te lang meer laten liggen.
Dimitri's going away Dinner, Mostly blind (Dimi's House, London): Blind tasted. Double decanted for 30 mins or so. The nose is muted to start and gives few hints of origin. But within 30mins or so it develops into a classic bordeaux. A lot of fruit on this ( we thought it was 1990 Leoville Poyferre) very 1990. The nose is red fruit, but also some secondary notes, some cedar. Amazingly this is very much alive, very vibrant and was easily our wine of the night (vs Ridge MB 97 et all). We really enjoyed this and we would recommend it. 94-95 drink now but this has another 10yrs easily in it.
Same wonderful nose as before. Very expressive and so classic mature Bordeaux with some graphite and a lot of Soy sauce. However, the palate was lighter than I remember. Not hollow, just lacking some weight on the mid palate. Decent finish.
I think this is one of my favoured wines from 1990. Classic mature Bordeaux with many years to go! This has just reach it plateau and who know how long it will stay here. The wine started with complex but mostly dark fruit notes and over two hours turned to notes of cigar box and leather backed with black cherry, dark chocolate and touch of wood. Palate is totally resolved; flavours intense, tannins not notable and finish long. Great mid palate. Classic Bordeaux. A little of the wine left on the bottle was finished two days later and still lively and vibrant.
Nice brick rim and deep translucent red; little musty to begin with but just kept pulling itself together over four days. Forward earth, tobacco, spices (bayleaf); smooth palate with ripe mellow tannins still notable. Very enjoyable vine now but easily will go five to ten more years if you like mature Bordeaux.
This bottle was not decanted but was consumed over several hours. It was good but in my opinion was showing some negative signs of aging. In my opinion I recommend monitoring remaining bottles in the cellar carefully. This was a highly rated wine on release from a great year. It may not last as long as predicted. Who knows.
Tasted alongside Lynch Bages 1990, and the difference was smaller then I had expected. Consistent with my previous note, the Lagrange nose was darker, less cedary and less bright than the LB. The LB was more classic left bank with green herbs, pencil shawings, etc, and a more complex profile all together. On the palate, the weight was similar, medium weight I would say. Both very fresh with mature fruit and low tannins. The LB was slightly longer, but they changed all the time in the glasses. Sometimes the Lagrange was more pleasant, sometimes the LB. Overall conclusion is that Lagrange is doing a very good job in 1990. Both were the same temperature, from my cellar, and decanted for 4 hours.
I really enjoyed this wine. While the fruit was still youthful, it had a maturity that brought out the rich flavors that I would have expected - mostly cassis and dark cherry. There was ample oak but it was well integrated. The tannins were firm but not totally smooth yet. This must have been a bruiser in its youth.
Still a massive, brooding monster of a wine, very concentrated blackberry flavours, with a second wave of crème de cassis and redcurrant. More open than the last bottle I tried in 09, but this still isn't quite ready yet. Quite reminiscent of Pichon. By far the best Lagrange for me, in 90 the only St.Juliens that are better are the 3 Léovilles.
Big, muscular and tannic, the wine offers tobacco, cassis, black cherry and forest floor scents. Traditional in style, from a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot, this solid wine is fully mature.
Decanted 2 hours. Mature edges but still completely opaque. Fully open and mature nose. Not cedar tree or green herbs as in Pauillac, but more fleshy and deep black currant nose. No barnyard yet. Full bodied and very smooth mouthfeel. All tannins have melted away. Perfect balance between fruit and acidity. This is peaking now, and yet another example of 1990 superiority!!
Pop and drink, the aromas was slipping out of the bottle even before the cork was fully removed........ In glass, lovely nose of leather, tobacco, mushrooms and blackcurrents, a smell of mid-autumn forest to summarise, still have this big round tannins on the palate, with a medium finish, truly enjoyable wine. Wine is so matching with the steak I had, +2 points for that.
Double decanted and took to restaurant to drink. When smelling it reminds me of the cool weather of fall and autumn leaves and sea spray. Also pick up some leather and smoky scents. On the palate it has a salty minerality with a touch of olive bitterness at end. I also got some tar and roses surprisingly. The length is about 25 secs and doesn't linger or develop substantially. Still a nice wine that I really enjoy drinking, but not quite as good as previous bottles.
Worked for me! Wonderfully aged Bordeaux, decent price point. Secondaries, nice nose, nice mid section and very good finish. A solid performer. not earth shattering, but might fine and worthy of being called a quality aged Bordeaux from a great vintage. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A+
excellent bottle with years left to go; good nose with lots of dark plummy fruits; excellent structure and still some tannins; long finish; this bottle was from a California importer; I have had other bottles from a Texas importer that were not nearly as good
13% alc., Granatrot mit Randaufhellung, aber festem Kern. Dieser Wein ist unaufgeregt elegant. Sehr vornehme Nase mit Leder, Kirschen, Tabak und Wild. Am Gaumen eine seidige Struktur, ganz feinkörnige Tannine, große Eleganz. Alles ist an seinem Platz, nichts ist aufdringlich; von großer Harmonie gekennzeichnet, einladender Trinkfluss, der Gaumen wird durch und durch mit Wohlgeschmack ausgekleidet, dabei erfrischend und wohltuend. Das Glas ist schneller leer als einem lieb ist. Ein sehr nobler Wein. Ein Gewinn, ihn getrunken zu haben!
Consistent with my first bottle. Showing very well with youthful fruit and plenty of power in reserve. Resolved tannins and very graceful. Another great bottle with many years of life still left but drinking fabulously right now.
Again, jsut a great botlle. It was again a scary momment opening. the cork was completing saturated. Thankfully, I think due to such a long cork, the wine was not affected. Beauitfull cedar nose with tobacco and blood notes on the palate. Now I have to go and find another bottle.
Purchased on auction after tasting this wine a year ago. Decanted an hour and consumed over an hour. Not as impressive an experience as the last bottle--whereas then the nose was astonishingly loud and fruit-driven, this time fruit was difficult to discern. The nose presented with classic aged Bordeaux aromas--cigar, mushroomy earthiness. Surprisingly dry tannins still very intact for its age. Didn't have the grip that I remembered from the last time. Not much change in the glass over an hour. Still, I wish I had more of this.
Misc Bordeaux 1990 tasting - Martin: Nose: a lot of pine and tar. Shoe polish, dark chocolate. Good intensity. Perhaps a little boiled fruit showing a prune like character. Palate: A lot of smooth plum-like fruit and does seem to lack a little acidity and freshness. Seems unstructured and a little watery on the mid-palate.
Bordeaux 1990 - 20 years later (Martins office): Dark red center with a browning hue. Mature nose with notes of wet earth, shoe polish, leather and resin. On the palate it still has juicy, sweet blackcurrant fruit on the attack, but shows the same fully mature notes of shoe polish, sweet licorice and prunes on the mid palate and finish. Delicious drinking now and a bit decadent profile.
La expresión "no hay grandes vinos, solo grandes añadas" fue confirmada hoy. Esta botella no tuvo la profundidad de la última botella que consumí hace algunos meses, pero sigue siendo una gran botella de Burdeos con 20 años de añejamiento. Mis notas de cata son similares a los de la última botella pero registra varios escaños menos en la escala de "volumen".
Can you say exceptional. May easily be, the BEST bottle of wine we have EVER tasted. Initial aroma, incredible. Stinky cheese has no comparison. Complex, amazing aromas. Slightly opaque. Garnet. A little rim variation and no sediment. No flaws. Low fruit intensity. Medium earth intensity. Aromas of cherries, strrawberries, and raspberries. Organic. Roses. Herbs and spices. Dry. Low acid. Low tanning. Medium alcohol and a long finish. We thought it was absolutely amazing.. Slightly complex in an old world style.
Keith's Birthday Dinner (Lula Cafe - Chicago, IL): I loved this wine...and if not for the Leoville-Poyferre and Pichon-Baron this would be my WOTY so far. The nose on this wine was simply stunning - with heavy pipe tobacco, rich cherry, dark chocolate, and burnt earth. Loved it!
taste: Very balanced and classy medium/full feel with polished tones of cedar, leather, cassis, dark red cherries, sour berries, black currants and some bits of incense. Good tannins are still supporting this, and while it comes off as mature, there is a good way to go
overall: this was one of the lighter bordeauxs in the glass on the night. Had a real nice dark ruby color to it with a small bit of bricking. This is still a very classy bottle of wine and very enjoyable. There was more perfume on this than previous bottles. This continues to be a real elegant and lovely wine that seems like it has the stuffing to go a good ways
Decanted for an hour. Dark color. Big nose, with plenty of fruit showing but also the complexity of earth and wood overtones. This is a big wine from memory of previous tastings, but starting to mellow out. I think the quality is very high, and this will always be a bit new world in style, but I think it is hitting its stride and drinking really well. Maybe the tannins soften and the fruit holds up to make it even better, but not really worth waiting as long as you have the time to decant. A-/A?
My second time tring this wine within the last six months. The first was my bottle while this I bought off the list at the Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, NH. I was sceptical at first because this was a bottle salvaged from a major fire at the inn in 2002. It even had a label saying it had been sanitized due to fire. The price was quite reasonable at $130. When I questioned the somalier on the condition of the bottle he didn't hesitate to say that if I frlt the bottle was in any way cooked he wouldn' charge me for it with no questions asked. I had him decant it two hours prior to diinner. Upon opening I noticed the cork was pristine! The nose was sweet with no evidence of spoilage. When decanted I made an initial try and was simply amazed by the wine! i could tell this would be something special. With dinner this just continued to move from strength to strength. Dazling nose of rose petals with creosote around the edges. Beautifull balance with tanins present enough to enhance the structure. This wine is in wonderfull place right now and was simply stunned by it's greatness regardless of the bottles history.
The last of my bottles purchased on release in the 1990s, this one actually could have used some additional time in the bottle. Reserved nose of cassis and soft aged tobacco, a palate with good density and minerality, with a spicy finish. Not quite the fireworks of an earlier bottle or two, but drinking very well.
Too bad I only had 1 bottle of this. Opened up beautifully over a couple of hours. Great cose of cassis and black fruit. Integrated tanins and very well balanced. Still young with plenty of life left. I must get more of this. For the $81 pd it was a bargain.
Beautiful colour, farmyard nose, started even rubbery (decanted 2 hours prior to serving). The nose developed in the glass, became rounder and smoother. The taste was firm, not polished. All together a not so civilized four-square wine. Maybe this wine needs more aeration. This time I was only impressed by the power; not by the overall quality. So wait for my next tasting note. Let's say, 92 points is a good start.
Nez délicat, très fin, sous bois et encore du fruit.
Texture veloutée, le vin est plein et savoureux, suave, aérien, l'équilibre est souverain, une grande finesse, très beau fruit à peine secondaire, des fruits des champs (mûres), tanins fondus mais le vin a encore une belle vigueur. Un Saint-Julien exemplaire et de très loin le meilleur Lagrange que j'ai pris. Il se prend pour Barton ou Las Cases? Magnifique! 93-94 pts
Paris Tasting in Zwolle (De Librije - Zwolle): 1990 Château Lagrange St. Julien (Frankrijk, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien) Kleur: Diep robijnrood, iets bruin Aroma / bouquet: Rijpe, wat boerse / stallerige aanzet met wat jammig donker fruit, een zekere kruidigheid en een duidelijke hout / vanillecomponent. Smaak / Afdronk: Krachtige maar boterzachte aanzet, krachtige frisse zuren, ronde en mooi rijpe maar wel in voldoende mate aanwezige tannines, ook in de mond een duidelijke rijpheid. Medium complexiteit. Bovengemiddelde lengte. Algemeen / potentieel: Mooi rijp glas met een klassiek karakter. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 10 + Smaak / Afdronk: 14 + Algemeen / potentieel: 7 = 86/100
Color: Deep ruby red, little brown Aroma / Bouquet: Mature, stall-like onset, fruit compote, spices, wood / vanilla. Taste / Finish: Strong but soft start, fresh acidity, round, beautiful maturity with enough tannin, also clear maturity. Medium complexity. Length: Above Average. General / potential: Beautiful mature wine with a classic character. 50 + Colour: 5 + Aroma / Bouquet: 10 + Taste / Finish: 14 + General / potential: 7 = 86/100
Mature bouquet with some barnyard and ripe dark fruits and pleasant oak. On the palate the wine is also mature with melted tannin and good fruit juice. Also some coffee and mocha. Silky soft and elegant. The drinking window showing in CT until 2060 is absurd, but I see that at this moment the average of 16 users is 2005 – 2020 and that is definitely more correct, although I think that by 2015 the wine is past its peak. (So I entered that and from now on there will be 17 or more users determining the drinking window.)
Wow, this was just perect and right at its peak with no fade. Tannin gone and modest bricking but still a dark ruby. I thought it was even better for the last 1/3 2nights later after sitting in the fridge. I love this wine.
National Day Dinner (Kome): Clean standard leathery notes with some funk that evolved into white pepper soup. Some green peppers too. This feels more masculine like a Pauillac .. not a first growth but reminiscent of a 2nd growth pauillac.Classy and excellent wine.
National Day Dinner (Kome, Keppel Club): By far the best bottle of Lagrange I have ever had. Lovely, refined nose of grass, earth, tobacco and simple but pure cherry fruit flavours. All rather cool and high-toned. Very classy, as was the palate. Alive, with lots of fresh acid, and showing a lovely focus and definition with firm but super-fine tannins. This had clean flavours of fresh cherry wed to high-toned tobacco and smoke notes moving into a long finish full of menthol, smoke and cigar box notes. Clean and clear enough to be a right bank, supple and tobacco-ey enough to be a Graves, but showing a lovely St Julien flavour profile. A beautiful wine.
aged Bordeaux night at Cafe Bernard: Gorgeous nose of dark fruits,cedar,smoke,licorice,dried mushrooms and pencil lead. Perfectly balanced mouth has elegant dark fruits, cedar,tobacco,some dark dark choclate, all coming together in seemless and long finish. WOW.
Friday night Bordeaux (Cafe Bernard, Chicago IL): nose: very lush and pretty that shows off the st julien elegance, and also shows off the wonderful balance of 90 with tones of sweet cassis, dark red cherries, pencil lead, cedar and real good tones of dark berries. Very elegant with great depth with the ripeness that comes with 90s
taste: absolutely lovely medium/full feel on the palate with good tannins. Very elegant with great depth and polished tones of kirsch liqueur, cedar, dark berries, pencil lead, sweet cassis, on top of a great dark red cherry base
overall: a better bottle then what was had on new years. Didn't come off as evolved as the New Year's bottle. This was chock full of class and elegance that made it extremely enjoyable and a real delight to drink. This paired perfectly with a rack of lamb and everything about it was open for business
A pretty purple-ruby core turning to garnet a the rim. Notes of fennel, campfire, ripe black fruits, and even a hint of truffle. Medium-bodied, with a lush and velvety texture, nice focus, and a long and complex finish. Seems to be at peak maturity to me, although it will surely last for many more years. The best wine of the night!
Absolutely fantastic! This wine is firing on all cylinders after a tune-up! The nose offers layers of Bordeaux flavors with cassis and earth. The palate is ripe, fruit-driven but balanced with just a touch of underbrush to keep things on the old world.
Black fruit like blueberry, mint, licorice and plenty of vaniila from the oak. A lot of power and body for such an old wine but at the same time quite elegant for bdx. Theres also some bitterness and dryness here, but it is matched perfect by the wines sweetness. A spendid wine with a long finish, that still has a long future
I raid the wine store for a tasting (Store Four): Wow! This has shed any baby fat, but is still young in the sense that it's full of primary fruit. Quite a tannic bite on a pretty full attack. Drink it now, or in ten years, either way it's great!
Decanted for about 30 minutes before drinking. Seems to be in its prime now. Beautiful nose that you could just smell all evening without even drinking. (I actually thought the person next to me was wearing cologne when decanting, but it was actually the wine.) Lots of complexity on the nose with smells of autumn leaves, pencil lead, and roses. On the palate this wine is well balanced. Tastes include pencil shavings, black licorice, soy, leather, and tobacco. Very earthy. Quite long (~45+ secs) and nice complexity--very refined and harmonious. Lower level of alcohol (13%), which I like. To improve I would just look for a little more punch and possibly the ability to age even longer. I don't think this wine has the ability to continue improving from its current very high level.
Bordeaux Tasting at Cafe Levain: Nose: Not much showing on the nose initially. After some glass air some ink and pencil lead. Palate: Still firm tannins with dark fruits. Softened with air and the ink qualities showed more. A little too subtle for me but certainly one of the better wines of the night.
I started collecting Bordeaux several years ago based on great experiences drinking aged Bordeaux. As a result, I started buying relatively large amounts of Bordeaux to age. While I wait for the majority of my Bordeaux to age into their 20s, I ocasionally pull well aged bottles from the cellar. Because I do not have as much Bordeaux from the 1980s, I don't drink these as often as I would like. The last several experiences had been underwhelming and I started to question whether all this Bordeaux in the cellar was worth waiting for. I started questioning whether perhaps my palate had changed.
Those doubts were vaporized tonight. This is one of the greatest aged Bordeaux I have drunk. Usually, I find that there is a trade off with aging wine. What you gain in aromatics often comes at the expense of the palate. This wine defied that logic. The nose in this wine epitomyzes what I like in aged Bordeaux. The aromatics are dominated by the most complex, gorgeous, dressing of pencil shavings and cedar around a core of dried fruits. I smelled this all night and was mesmerized by it. In the palate, there was no trade off at all. This is a medium to full bodied wine with evolved flavors, very good concentration and a full plate. The finish is very long and oozes with class. An absolutely astonishing bottle of wine. This is substantially better than many higher pedigree Bordeaux, including the the first growths in many vintages. Too bad my guests were all too young in their wine journey to truly appreciate this beauty.
A beautiful deep and brooding red color in perfect condition and no bricking. Poweful on the nose with cassis and beef blood. Follows through on the palate with good concentration, Full bodied with plenty of stuffing. Classic St Julien that is a touch four square with plenty of structure yet has gained elegance with time. A really nice wine in perfect condition. Just fabulous with a fillet of tenderloin. Much more class and elegance than an amped up Araujo Eislie 1997 that followed.
ending the year with bordeaux (ward's apartment, chicago): nose: very deep and elegant nose filled with mature tones of saddle leather, cassis, bits of black tea, dark cherries, and bits of cranberries. Very well evolved and singing right now. What got me though was that there was a lack of the ripeness or fruitcake tones that I've gotten from the 90s that I've had
taste: very smooth with a plush feel and silky texture providing tones of black cherries, saddle leather, cassis, slight bits of florals, and some black tea tones. Classic St Julien Polish and elegance that is very deep and pure.
Overall: in a beautiful place right now. Perfectly evolved, this should hold like this for a long time. Great depth and balance that just reigns it all together with a very smooth texture. This is fully mature, but I am personally missing some of the fruitcake tones that have been a hallmark of the 90s that I've had, though I'm not missing it enough to really care too much
very beautiful nose of an aged wine. I get roses, perfume and spices. Mouth juicy red fruit still with some tannic punch, and good acidity. Cocoa notes on the finish. A delicious example to those who like aged claret. My dad seemed to think it went better with food. For me the highlight was just sitting back and sniffing the stuff.
With risotto, italian sausage and green salad. Good red colour; while the cork smelled a little corky the wine was definitely not affected. Leather, strong black fruit. This was excellent and not even close to being over the hill. Good tannic structure and a lovely finish. Outstanding to drink now but no hurry to drink up. 18 years and still going strong! Very good!
Just a slight amount of bricking at the edges. Aromas were spicey and brought to mind gingerbread cookies. Beginning with delicate flavors of raspberries and cream, cedar and earthy flavors carry on the medium to long finish. Very elegant -- the wine seemed to dance along the tongue with impeccable balance. No sediment, fill level was great on this bottle and cork came out intact with staining about half-way up. We did not decant. Drink now, I believe it is at its peak.
Ruby red and somewhat transparent. Starting to brick a bit. As soon as the bottle was opened the wine had great perfume of cedar box, soy, earthy notes. After 30 minutes the aroma was so powerful. Tastes of ripe black fruits, but not fruit forward at all, mineral notes and pencil lead. This one is an elegant wine. High degree of complexity and very well-integrated tannins. It has a persistent finish that lasts and lasts. Extremely well balanced, aristocratic, restrained, powerful and sophisticated. It is so much fun to drink. I love this wine.
With BBQ pork tenderloin, salad, bread. Surprisingly deep red colour (for an 18 year old wine) with just a bit of fade to the rim. Typical Bordeaux nose with notes of leather, flowers. Very fresh. Sweet taste on entry, with good length on the finish. Good supporting tannic structure. Ready now but no hurry to drink up.
Elegant, seductive, and wonderfully balanced. Harmonious and understated boquet of oak, fruit, tobacco coffee, earth and spice. Everything there, but nothing dominating. Powerful, silky and surprisingly fresh on the palate, with lots of ripe, sweet berries (tending more red than black). Tannins are fine and well-integrated, but definitely still there. Medium-full bodied. Long finish. So much better than the other bottle I had last March. Seems to be drinking really well now. I'm tempted to think this could have gone (and maybe even improved) for at least another 5 years. Only concern would be that the fruit shows slight signs of fading, in which case could become lopsided toward the oak.
Mute just poured it improves with oxigen and emphasises the typical notes of Lagrange,ripe fruits,roasted herbs,leather, very elegant,tobacco a complex nose. The mouth is full and sweet but it lacks power and persistance
Popped and poured. Perfect fill and cork. Medium garnet color that got blacker as it took on air. Nose is very earthy with some cedar mixed in with a little barnyard, truffles and plum like fruit notes. Some brett but not a full on stables' worth......The palate is perfectly resolved, with a real silky feel that leads to very fine tannins. Long finish with a recurrence of fruit flavors and some lingering sweetness. Outstanding 1990 bordeaux that appears to be drinking at its peak.
Kitchen Tasting Group does Lynch Bages: Minimal notes taken. The nose gives dark fruit and coffee aromas. This has a great impression on the palate giving concetnrated red fruit and licorice. Tastes rustic. Tannin is chunky and drying. Needs time, but should continue to develop nicely.
Very nice, with plenty of life left given the color and the tannin. Only worry is the fruit holding up for the long haul. Not yet peaking, but I think maybe in a couple of years it could be in balance with the tannins. Happy to drink now, but give it an hour. B+/A-
What an example of Bordeax. Spicy French oak and ripe black currant on the nose. Dark and intense, it does not show its age at all. Full body and with intense flavors on the palate. Dark fruit, complexity and earthy tones cover your tongue. Great balance. It's a wine that can last another 10 years. Drink now-2017.
(at Corks – Baltimore) I am probably being a little harsh on this wine – it just didn’t stand out in the flight. Everything was pure and on form. That said, it seemed kind of timid. No great depth or complexity – still very good and very balanced. (16)
Le vide-cave... (Chez nous, Bruxelles, Belgium): Face à la Muntada, il commence par sembler légèrement en retrait, dans une expression plus classique et plus discrète. On évoque la Loire, en cabernet franc. Aromatique marquée par l'empyreumatique (cacao, café) sans que cela soit excessif. Très belle longueur. Se révèle progressivement, tout en élégance. Laguiole, mimolette et gruyère
The colour is still a dark red and shows little signs of 16 years age.
The nose upon opening and decanting (it had quite a bit of sediment - which made a lovely sauce for the beef!) was open despite still being a little too cold. It didn't change much once it had warmed up and had been aired: herbal, leafy, yet with lovely and ripe Cabernet fruit and obviously from a warm vintage. It was even a bit earthy and mineral - both notes that I love in wines. It had all the typical suspects of Cassis, cigar and lead. The previous times I have tried this wine, I noted that the fruit was rather darker toned than I would hope in Bordeaux, but this time there is some red berries bringing freshness to the darker tones. This is a delightfully complex and complete wine.
The palate, though expressive, isn't quite so integratedly mature as the nose. The fruit is lovely and expressive and there is adequate acidity which brings freshness and poise to the wine, yet the tannins are still rather prominent. But the tannins didn't matter with the food we were having as the tannins were ripe and the food was such that it needs tannins. The aftertaste is lovely, long and fresh. This is a memorable and an exceptionally lovely wine. It is always a sign of a good wine, that when two people are drinking a bottle, a magnum would have been needed!
expected this to be WOTN, and for me it was. Slightly more advanced than bottle at 1990 horizontal a couple months ago, with deep concentrated blackcurrant fruit, some cedary oak, and beautiful tobacco and leadpencil notes. Ripe tannins, long finish.
from memory of a few days ago. dark red. big, rich, bordeaux nose. full bodied wine with great fruit. riper than most, with still plenty of tannin, but this was fun to drink now and will hold and improve for a while. A
This was opened and poured an hour before serving. It has thrown sediment. The color is dark garnet with no bricking. Big, full nose. Fairly light in body, but a big taste. For the first time the fruit is showing through the tannins. This still has a long way to go but it is the first of my case that I have actually enjoyed; the previous two have been very tight and closed. I will most likely open a botlle once a year now.
This was very nice on the 2nd day. It had developed a marvelous burnished note at the finish.
Decanted for 1 hour before dinner. Very typical Bordeaux nose - this had leather , chocolate notes. Very lovely - much more accessible than a bottle consumed 1 year ago. Very nice, ready to drink , but very fresh which suggests longer life ahead.
The nose is a beautiful perfume of cassis, cedar, and a touch of mocha. The pallette has a rich entry, nice elegance and structure, and finishes with some chocolate and velvety tannins. The finish was, however, a bit short and soft.
1990 Lagrange: Cassis, cedar, tar and graphite combined amiably to give a nice complex nose. The palate was rich and round with a lot of plush dark fruits perfectly in tune with a core of graphite tannin and some cedar oak. Good length and a joy to drink now.
1990 Chat Lagrange, St. Julien: Wow! I was concerned about the 1990's with so much talk of them being in decline--Not this one! Medium bodied and garnet/black in the decanter with no sign of bricking in the glass. Just a wonderful aromatic wine which smelled fresh fresh fresh. This wine had a wonderful lightness to it that really showed off the balance between fruit wood and tannin. A really lovely wine that I cannot imagine getting much better. I think it really is in its drinking window now and has yet to show any sign of decline.
Medium ruby red, with faint garnet at the rim. After about 45 minutes of aeration in the decanter, the nose was showing tobacco, cedar, leather, spice, and cassis, with the nose becoming more powerful and expressive with time. In the mouth, very bright, lively flavors of cassis, plum, and a strong suggestion of slightly candied red fruit--seems to be about equally divided at this stage between the Merlot and Cabernet components. But the Cabernet, although not so bright and dominating as in a recent 1990 Sociando Mallet, seems to drive the long finish, along with the tobacco and red fruit notes on the nose. The last 1990 Lagrange I had seemed tired in comparison to this one. Showing beautifully today, but it is possible the palate would integrate even further with more bottle age.
Seattle Tasting Group does 1990 Bordeaux (Woodinville, WA, USA): Group average 90.25. Giddy up! This was a controversial wine showing some intense barnyard/horsiness. In addition to the brett there was smoke and lead pencil with a black, brooding nose that really grows on you as the funk blows off. There wasn't much fruit to be found on this right now, but it was a searing, tight, brooding monster with a long finish, and I loved it!