Dark, rich, concentrated color that is very youthful. The nose was a bit closed as was the first sip, which also seemed well balanced and soft. After a second the tannins came on and the spicy fruit flavors became very intense. This wine is still young and although it is drinkable now I could only match it to a rare but charred steak.
Opened up and compared to the 2005. This was leaner and less fruity. More on the elegant side of the tracks. Red berry fruit with tart acidity with green bell pepper notes on the finish. Not the blockbuster the 05 is and certainly not as concentrated. Less youthful as well. Interesting venture in to vintage variation.
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(Chateau Lagrange (St Julien)) A nice layer of sweet fruit here, with a little element of sweet, crumble-pastry to it suggesting residual oak. Overall rather appealing. The palate has a very soft presence, polished and with a touch of oiliness to it, although with a firm core of tannins at its centre, and fresh acidity to it as well. Good well-defined fruit on the finish, and quite long with desirable grip here. A good showing but quite disparate on the palate at present - will need to come together.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Creamy vanilla and blackberry on the nose, with a sweet, crumbly, buttery oak element. A very supple palate, quite stylish, with a ripe character and gentle grip beneath. Very well composed, with ripe tannins and nice acidity. This has really fleshed out since my first tasting. A good sweetness to the fruit too.
(Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Quite open on the nose, sweet fruit, nice freshness. Rounded, lots of tannin, moderate texture, but not really enough flesh for me. Nice acidity, some good fruit. It is lively but lacks substance. Good.
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