89 for a Bordeaux and 93 as a California wine... Still full throttle and big bodied with lots of structure and heft. Lots of deep black fruit and spice, with a cedar nose that leans toward old world. Palate was vibrant and luxurious from the evident quality of the oak, and well balanced between sweetness of the ripe fruit and the acid and tannins from well timed harvesting for the hot vintage...A great wine, an ok 2003, and an unusual Bordeaux. Drink or Hold...
IMHO the 2003 vintage is incredibly overrated. This wine was fine, but as another reviewer mentioned, I tasted a tremendous amount of eucalyptus. I will say that the wine was very smooth, and it did coat the tongue nicely, but too much green / eucalyptus flavors for my liking.
Excellent, and great value! Really nice drinker that opened up over a couple hours. Rich but not cloying nose with plum, licorice and a hint of eucalyptus and a well rounded palate that blended freshness and depth. This will be very good for a long while to come but is great to drink now.
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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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