Chateau Lagrange St Julien Grand Cru - Wineseeker
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Chateau Lagrange St Julien Grand Cru

3rd Growth Cru Classe Bordeaux - Sumptuous Cabernet

The 2015 Vintage has arrived. The blending consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 8% of Petit Verdot.

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.

Dark purple red with violet hues and almost black core. Aromatic nose with elegant character, dark berries, discreet oak spices and very fine toasting aromas. On the palate full-bodied yet elegant, ripe tannins with velvety texture, with a long and fruity finish carried by the bold Cabernet Sauvignon. A powerful and well balanced wine. (2022–2040)

Region
  • France
  • France - Bordeaux
Style
  • Red Wine
Varietal
  • Merlot & Cabernet

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2015 Vintage

95 points Wine Enthusiast

One of the furthest west of the St-Julien estates, this property has been greatly improved with investment from Japanese owner Suntory. The wine from 2015 is dense and impressively concentrated, perfumed black-currant fruits working well with the crisp acidityand solid structure. Drink from 2025. (RV) (12/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Anyone who thinks that modern Bordeaux has become too soft or easy should taste this seriously tannic yet sleek and vibrant wine. So much drive and energy that the weak of heart should better stand back. Better from 2020 and has a couple of decades of ageing potential. (2/2018)

93 points Decanter

Deep, rich, taut and tightly drawn, this is a big wine that demands attention and displays some real St-Julien balance. Excellent aromatics, although it's just a little short on the finish compared to the brilliant 2016 at this estate. Much to enjoy here. 55% new oak. (JA) (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lagrange gives up fragrant notes of chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and blackberry pie with touches of violets, forest floor, truffles and cigar box. Medium-bodied with plenty of intense black fruit and firm, grainy tannins, it has a racy line and long, mineral-laced finish. (LPB) (2/2018)

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.

Reviews

2015 Vintage

95 points Wine Enthusiast

One of the furthest west of the St-Julien estates, this property has been greatly improved with investment from Japanese owner Suntory. The wine from 2015 is dense and impressively concentrated, perfumed black-currant fruits working well with the crisp acidityand solid structure. Drink from 2025. (RV) (12/2017)

94 points James Suckling

Anyone who thinks that modern Bordeaux has become too soft or easy should taste this seriously tannic yet sleek and vibrant wine. So much drive and energy that the weak of heart should better stand back. Better from 2020 and has a couple of decades of ageing potential. (2/2018)

93 points Decanter

Deep, rich, taut and tightly drawn, this is a big wine that demands attention and displays some real St-Julien balance. Excellent aromatics, although it's just a little short on the finish compared to the brilliant 2016 at this estate. Much to enjoy here. 55% new oak. (JA) (11/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Lagrange gives up fragrant notes of chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and blackberry pie with touches of violets, forest floor, truffles and cigar box. Medium-bodied with plenty of intense black fruit and firm, grainy tannins, it has a racy line and long, mineral-laced finish. (LPB) (2/2018)

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.