Double decanted (sloshed around in the decanter); light sediment. Ruby color. Pleasing nose of black cherry, graphite and a hint of menthol. Mouth-filling, medium-bodied black cherries on the palate with a good level of acids and light tannins. Medium-length finish. At $30, a good QPR. Probably in its peak window for drinking, and I plan to drink my remaining bottles by 2020.
Good maturity, full purple fruit with tobacco, soy, resin, bright green herbs. Pretty straight forward and almost simple. A bit of tannic structure keeps it together, along with a good deal of smoky French oak. Showing no signs of aging out. In a good place with years ahead of it, however I doubt it improves from here. A solid wine, but lacks pizzaz.
This was very good. Deep dark purple color. The nose a bit flat. This became much better after one hour. The wine was growing each minute. 2002 is one of the millesime wines of Lagrange. A typical St Julien. I was very satisfied with color, density, texture and the medium plus body. If you love the left bank, you love this Lagrange 2002. Drink now.
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(Chateau Lagrange (St Julien)) A reassuring hue, red-black hue, still full of youthful pigment, but certainly no suggestion of maturity either. A big blast of coffee when the bottle was first opened, probably an oak-related aroma, but this is the last I saw of this as the wine had been decanted for nearly two hours before tasting (as was the case with all the wines in this assessment). Lovely hint of austerity on the nose, a tight core of red cherry, the fruit character touching on black at times, a restrained seam of cassis, but with a fine, earthy element to it keeping it all well grounded. Later it showed some sooty black fruits and a wave of sweet violets. Only a moderate weight on entry, showing a well defined crispy-crunchy shell of fruit with a little high-toned edge. Sappy, quite punchy in the finish, with sweet-sour fruit with a bite resembling that of the just-ripe blackberry. There is a little cherry warmth to it, but it remains very primary in terms of its development. Good length with a biting layer of tannin lingering for simply ages. Overall, a lovely St Julien character.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) A barrel sample. This wine also displays some richness on the nose, with black fruits and a sweet, herbal edge. The palate is leaner than the 2000, stern, and very backward. This wine is giving little away, other than a little blackberry fruit. Good acidity, nicely balanced. Also needs close to a decade in the cellar.
(Château Lagrange (St Julien)) Still a vibrant and youthful hue here, with plenty of red pigment in the decanter. A small amount of fine sediment only. The nose is very confident and convincing, with a lovely old-school note of just-ripe austerity to it running beneath the undeniably ripe berry fruit character. This reserved and rather classical character takes the shape of subtle aromas of soot, a melange of green and black olives, and there is also a little hint of early Cabernet Sauvignon evolution in the shape of old cigars and wooden school desks. The palate is gentle, with an immediate sweet vein to the fruit, confident although in no way fleshy or rich. The wine maintains a reserved, dry character through the midpalate, with some spicy grip beneath, but there is always that tiny undercurrent of sweetness to it. Gently polished, far from ebullient, dry and with slightly hard tannins on the finish, this has plenty of classical appeal, if not the weight or muscle to appeal to lovers of modern Bordeaux.
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