Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 303

  • ETBT wrote: 80 points

    May 8, 2022 - Dry, tannic and acidic. Drank for Mother’s Day with Brain Josie and Brett

  • forceberry wrote: 95 points

    March 24, 2022 - A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (36%) Petit Verdot (7%). Aged for approximately 20 months in oak barriques (approx. 50% new). 13% alcohol. Tasted blind.

    Quite deep dark cherry-red color with quite little translucency. The nose is quite textbook aged Bordeaux nose with a little bit of bretty funk; there are aromas of leather saddle, ripe blackcurrants, some leafy herbaceous notes, a little bit of barnyard and earth, light notes of tobacco, a vegetal hint of cooked bell pepper, a woody touch of pencil shavings and a bright, crunchy whiff of fresh cranberries. The wine is dry, juicy and enjoyably savory on the palate with a medium body and focused flavors of leather and tobacco, some wizened blackberry tones, light bretty notes of horse stables, a little bit of leafy greenness, light earthy notes and a hint of gravelly minerality. The overall feel is firm and balanced, thanks to the high acidity and ample yet ripe and nicely resolved tannins that feel textural and gentle rather than tough and grippy. The finish is dry, juicy and crunchy with long, complex flavors of fresh redcurrants and more evolved nuances of wizened blackcurrants, some bretty notes of new leather and farmhouse funk, light gravelly mineral tones, a little bit of ferrous blood, an autumnal hint of damp leaves and sous-bois and a touch of earth.

    A very harmonious, complex and classically built claret with all the pieces in correct places. The wine is in a beautiful spot right now, but it shows no signs of decline and based on the intensity of the fruit, I wouldn't be surprised if the wine continued to improve for years more. Drink or keep. Tasting this blind, there were no questions whether this was or wasn't Bordeaux - everyone went immediately to Bordeaux with this. Based on its somewhat evolved overall quality and pretty old-school herbaceous notes, I guessed that this must be early-to-mid 1990's. The somewhat obvious ripeness of the fruit and the overall intensity and quality made me think of 1996, so I went with that one. I had no idea which château this was, but for the appellation I guessed Saint Julien just based on a hunch. All correct.

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  • Richard P Howden Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 19, 2022 - So classy and well balanced. Another rocking bottle.

  • spillwine wrote: 94 points

    March 13, 2022 - Nez magnifique, en bouche c‘est plus court. A boire

  • ONEFIVE Likes this wine:

    January 30, 2022 - PnP. Savory nose. Wild dill, dried cherry, espresso grounds, and cassis. Medium body on the palate with medium acidity and medium tannin. This is drinking well and will continue to do so for the next 5-10 years most likely. Solid and reliable as Lagrange has proven to be form the 90s.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Lagrange (St. Julien)
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation St. Julien
  • UPC Code 325869006423

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  • Pending Delivery 21 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,168 (59%)
  • Consumed 1,500 (41%)

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