1996 Les Fiefs de Lagrange

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2009 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • dhtabor Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 20, 2020 - Excellent combination of well aged fruit and tannin.

  • Bordeaux_Jon Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 30, 2016 - I'm evaluating this wine to serve at my wedding. I have mixed feelings. The nose is really nice with a good amount of fruit despite the 20 years, along with some oak notes, foresty aspects, and maybe some cigar. It doesn't have the definition of the best of St. Julien but the nose was nonetheless impressive for a second wine and $30.

    The palate was not as promising as I'd hoped. I felt that the wine was not particularly complex and a bit thin and disjointed. Still more concerning is that it is a bit overly acidic, which seems to be a potential issue with the underripe 1996 vintage. It's definitely drinkable but I worry if those with California palates might not find this enjoyable. I bet food would help with this wine. Rated 91.

    Interestingly, I took the rest of this bottle to a blind tasting on 6/22/2016 with Cabernet and Merlot from 1996 from around the world, with a Caymus, Cantemerle and 4 Duckhorns. I could not pick it out in the tasting, but ranked it 4th out of 9 and 93 points. Others like it a quite a bit less and ranked it 8th.

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  • pavel_p wrote: 88 points

    August 24, 2013 - First red of the evening. Nice wine but obviously not at the same level as the excellent first wine of Chateau Lagrange in 1996. Nice, sweet and juicy attack of sweet blueberry but then lacks a bit on the mid-palate. Short to medium finish.

  • gunpwdr wrote: 87 points

    May 29, 2011 - Nose: Green, medicinal notes dominate. Sweet cassis, dried flowers, camphor, tobacco leaf. Palate: Bright, acidic cassis on the attack. Good acidity and remnants of some tannins on the mid-palate. Dried flowers, cassis linger on the finish.

    Classic aged Bordeaux with that St. Julien elegance... who would have thought? This wine feels like it's on the tail end of its optimum drinking window and is quite light on the palate at this time. The tannins have given way to the modest fruit and the ample acidity. Well structured and enjoyable.

  • gravelld wrote: 88 points

    October 15, 2007 - Bordeaux Second Wines (LSE): Deep red, inky and slight purpling. Wood, beany and green vegetable notes on the nose. Some blackcurrant and spice too. The palate similarly shows dark brambly fruit although it is a little stalky and the vegetal tastes overwhelm a little. Plenty of acidity.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/10/2010 (link)

    (Ch Lagrange, Les Fiefs de Lagrange St-Julien Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2008, Issue #15, Château Lagrange: Traditional Claret in the Heart of St. Julien

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Les Fiefs de Lagrange
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 191 (67%)
  • Consumed 94 (33%)

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