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Chateau Lagrange St Julien

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Country / Region: France
Vineyard: Chateau Lagrange
Varietal: Cabernet Merlot
Vintage: 2014

3rd Growth Cru Classe Bordeaux - Sumptuous Cabernet

Where Pauillac is powerful and austere and Margaux is more elegant and aromatic, St Julien is a combination of both. The smallest of the 'Big Four' appellations of Bordeaux and yet the most consistent of the bunch. The pebble covered land is so valuable that virtually every square metre is covered in vines. Cabernet Sauvignon is king here, blended with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Grand Cru Classe
The pecking order in Bordeaux was largely established in 1855. This famous classification ranked the very top estates. Of some 10,000 wine producers in the region, just 61 are rated as "Cru Classe".  Since 1855 there has been only one significant change to the list, one property elevated from a second growth to first growth. The ratings become somewhat self-sustaining, as the top rated wines sell for higher prices, enabling more re-investment in both the vineyards and the winery to maintain high quality. 

Chateau Lagrange - 3rd Growth Grand Cru 

Although planted as early as 1631, Lagrange became famous for wine production from the 1840s onwards. After multiple splits and acquisitions, the estate was bought by the Japanese Suntory Group in 1983, who spent massive amounts of money upgrading the winery, and replanting dilapidated vineyards, with further modernisation in 2008 and 2013. It is now considered one of the under-valued of the Cru Classe wines. 67% Cabernet, 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot.  Matured for 21 months in oak, 60% new barrels. 

Deep crimson red core, almost to the rim. Complex aromas of leather, cedar, black roses and black currant. Shy initially, building across the mid-palate to reveal black fruits, pomegranate, cassis, sandalwood and a lick of tobacco. Tannins already supple but will become silky over time.  

Should be decanted for 2-3 hours if served young to unlock more aromas and soften tannins, and approaching its best at 8-10+ years of age.  

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