Red

1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien)

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • St. Julien
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Community Tasting Notes 210

  • Billigan Likes this wine: (91 points)

    October 6, 2017 - In a really nice spot. Lovely BDX nose with a strong earthy and leathery profile. Nicely matured, sweet red fruits on the palate, with a healthy dose of green pepper tartness to freshen things up the palate. nothing profound here, but a solid BDX experience from a wine that's squarely in the zone.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Papies wrote: (93 points)

    September 12, 2017 - A year since we tried it last and with a few observation points over the last 4 years (92-93 range ) and this showed what a great wine and understated value Lagrange is. We even chose not to decant as we felt it did not need any help. Still very much alive and still full of fruit. Felt a lot younger on the fruit side than a 1996 especially comparing it with Pontet Canet 96 (Papies 92_) we had side by side. Such a great wine and in this 8th tasting we have had of it remained consistent. 93+

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: (92 points)

    August 10, 2017 - Nose of barnyard, grilled bell pepper, black berry, black currants, saddle leather, and black cherry, same on the palate, big body, the barnyard and bell pepper drive the wine tonight, tasty, mouth filling fruit, and a long, flavorful finish and aftertaste.

  • tomlee wrote: (93 points)

    August 7, 2017 - Crimson in color. 13% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, cigar box, leather and pencil shavings. Lush, rich and elegant. Medium body with moderate acidity and resolved tannins. Cherries, plums, currants and iron on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Just a gorgeous bottle of Bordeaux that is aging beautifully. Hard to imagine this wine gets better from here but well stored bottles will drink well for another 2-4 years.

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  • ONEFIVE Likes this wine:

    July 21, 2017 - Still appears youthful in the glass.
    Bell pepper overwhelms the fruit, but there are still some sexy flavors going on here.
    Is in a nice place at the moment but I'd wait another 5 years to let it develop more intriguing characteristics.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

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

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  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 22 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,038 (67%)
  • Consumed 973 (32%)

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