Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
Drink between 2007 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 265

  • MrBrege wrote: 92 points

    November 10, 2019 - Very likeable as usual (see previous notes) wonderfully fresh and satisfying, on the margin this bottle was just a touch light on the fruit vs acidity.

  • bacchus of knockholt Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 1, 2019 - Decanted for two hours. Cork was dried out and broke in half but the wine was very fine inside. Tasted blind alongside four other clarets. Dark core with aging rim. Nose of tertiary aromas such as menthol, forest floor, earth, barnyard, spearmint and a hint of brett. Soft sweet blackcurrant fruit, lots of graphite and pencil which made me assume, in correctly, it was a Paulliac. Despite its age tannins are still present, a beautiful wine which was picked as a top wine on the night against opposition which included Pichon Longueville Comtesse Lalande and Lynch Bages, both from '02

  • bacchus of knockholt Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 27, 2019 - Decanted for one hour. Colour is ruby with a pronounced brick edge. Floral, elegant, red cherry, fresh, young. To taste it’s soft and easy when first tasted but there’s lots of power on the mid palate where the blackberry and red cherry, savoury, earthy and mushroom flavours too comes to the fore with a very long finish. Wonderful.

  • Ara Kafafian Likes this wine: 93 points

    October 21, 2019 - Really enjoyed this mature Lagrange. Explosive notes of sweet cherries, tomato vines, hummus, smoke and mocha. Silky smooth and at its plateau where it will hold another 5 years, drink up.

  • Geoff Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 29, 2019 - Wonderful example of well aged Bordeaux. Beautiful nose , multidimensional, with secondary and tertiary notes. Medium to full bodied, great balance, smooth tannins, long finish. Delightful wine.

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

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    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
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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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    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (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 20 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,130 (63%)
  • Consumed 1,237 (37%)

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