Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 259

  • Papies wrote: 93 points

    August 15, 2019 - Consistent 92-93 once again in this 12th time we have had this over the last 6 years. and we have another 16 to go.
    If one looks for lovely, classic old school quality claret this is it. and at 60£ or so worth every bit of its money.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • MichielV wrote: 92 points

    August 5, 2019 - W steak ; JH Roosje etc. excellent wine. Freah amd good finish!

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 26, 2019 - Consistent with previous notes. In the drinking window. Mature Bordeaux. Great with steak!!

  • O'Meara Likes this wine:

    June 22, 2019 - Alas, my last bottle from the case. This was not the best from the case though, so if you have these, I would suggest drinking up. They seem to be just at the end of their plateau or slightly past. Double decanted for 30 minutes and consumed over two hours. Some bricking that I hadn’t noticed in the last bottle. Still a lovely, gamey, and sweet StJ that provided a great experience alongside a prime rib.

  • joshbryer Likes this wine:

    May 19, 2019 - From memory... Decanted and consumed over the course of the meal. Did not reach the heights of the previous bottles tasted, though not flawed. This bottle was very secondary/tertiary and lacked a sense of fruit present. Very earthy, flint and smoke, with a tremendous amount of sediment thrown. Definitely lacking freshness and any sense of excitement from this example.

    I’m going to say this was not a representative bottle of where this wine is right now, but will likely open another soon to find out.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

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

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View From the Cellar

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/26/2006 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/8/2006 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    September/October 2004, IWC Issue #116 (link)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Château Lagrange (St Julien)) Definitely some development here, although it is over five years since I last - experimentally - opened one of these. Certainly all those primary aromas of coffee, caramel and other oak-related characteristics have long gone. The colour still has a claretty hue although with a dusty, mahogany tinge to it as well now. And the nose is much more secondary, showing notes of roasted fruits, gamey and bloody beef and highly aromatic hints of juniper berry and bay leaf. Rather light at the start on the palate, although there is a very restrained substance and tangible texture to the wine running through the middle of the palate, but nothing of the fleshy style that I think typifies more 'modern' Bordeaux. Defined, fresh, with a lovely roasted black berry fruit character here underpinning the more complex aromatics that were found on the nose. Plenty of firm and sappy tannin in the finish although nothing out of balance, so this seems approachable now, although I am sure there is more to come here - for my palate at least. But there is no need to shy away from opening one now, if you have more than a couple of bottles.

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2005 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Lagrange St Julien) Two bottles within a week or so of each other. The nose shows coffee oak, molasses, mocha and caramel - wow! Full, creamy and luscious palate, full of delightfully textured black fruits with plenty of extract. Roasted berries, iron, bloody beef, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit character. This has all the stuffing required for the cellar. Excellent potential. This will continue to improve over the next eight years at the very least.

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 34 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,076 (63%)
  • Consumed 1,205 (36%)

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