Popped and poured. It was showing nicely in the glass after 30 mins. A mature, young to drink bordeaux. The nose had dark currants, herbs, mushroom, and a sweet nose. The wine reflected the ripe vintage. However, the palate was not as deep and concentrated as Lagrange 2000. The finish was a bit dry. Better than 2007 Lagrange but not as good as his 2000 vintage. I would drink this now as I dont see it to improve with more aging.
I think this was opened right when it needed to be. I'm not sure what purpose there is to keep holding it (the '03 Lafon Rochet, opened the day before, was slightly more structured and can go a little longer), at least based on my experience: I'm glad I opened it (my only bottle). Compared to the '00, opened 1.5 years ago, the '03 is less of a wine (medium bodied at the most), and not at all on par with the depth, structure, and potential of the '00. With that said, the '03 was enjoyed by all at the able, shining above the '05 CdP Vatican Cuvee Sixteen, which was not quite ready yet. The '03 Lagrange, however, featured a lovely nose of cedar, roasted herbs, a hint of mocha, graphite, and with time, olive, mushroom, and red fruits (not particularly deep or dark though). In the mouth, it's silky and smooth, with no harshness or notable tannic presence to speak of, and dominated by raspberry, plum, and blueberry fruit flavors.
Not as good as prior bottles. Mocha and spice nose, with dark somewhat roasted fruit on the palate. Course tannins on the backend. Moderate mocha finish. Good, not great, but this bottling has been better in the past (and should be at this price point.)
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(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Since my last tasting of this when the wine seemed very unusual, at the UGC tasting in October 2005, I have been eager to try it again. Today, this seems like a different wine. On the nose it has a wealth of deep fruit, with quite an exotic perfume and it is very attractive. I find it difficult to believe that this is the same wine that I tasted last year. Good style on the palate too, very nicely composed, although with the huge grip of tannins typical of the vintage. But there is decent acidity too, and on the basis of this bottle this seems to have a very good potential, but as always I damp down my score...I am still worried that the tannins will outlast the fruit in this vintage. But the big question with this wine is what was going on in 2005? And what will the next bottle taste like?
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Whoa! An unusual nose here; confected, cola-aniseed-cherry nose with a lifted, estery nature. Rather light on entry, but picks up through the midpalate, with some rounded morello cherry fruit and firm tannin. Little in the way of presence or texture, and incongruous acidity. What's gone wrong here? One to avoid.
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