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Mmm, this was tasty. Immediate black licorice (anise?) on the nose. Lets of fruit today. Tannin coated my teeth. Good structure. This was my favorite of the tasting.
Lovely bottle, one of my favorite affordables of this vintage. I won't even describe the flavor profile, this is simply great Bordeaux and the next thing you know the bottle is empty. I'll try to take better notes next time. $40 (now $60)/ 93 points WKH
Nice bouquet. Worthy of the great French Bordeaux which of course, it is one. A little lighter than the California Cabernets but I think Bordeaux wines are suppose to be like that.
The '03 is rich, and full bodied, soft tannins, lots of red fruit and very youthful. Not going to be a tremendous ager (very soft), probably, but I'll still like it better in a few years.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château Lagrange St.-Julien
This second label of Chateau Lagrange is always a good value, but a 2003 vintage makes it extra special.
Marcel Ducasse has transformed the Lagrange vineyard from a sleepy Western outpost of St.-Julien to one of the top wines. Not bad for the largest cru classe in Bordeaux. Since 1984, he has worked to interpret the terroir, with its river stones and sandier sectors. While his rsquo;96 is more perfectly ripe, with a dynamic range of red fruit flavors, his 2000 is also a great interpretation of the vineyard, more extravagant, with a nod to stodgy old Bordeaux. This young vintage is dark in color with a violet edge, the aromas heady, reminiscent of stables, cigar smoke and dark roasted coffee. Itrsquo;s a complex wine, old Bordeaux ripened until it doesnrsquo;t recognize its new clothes, suddenly friendly and modern, with a lasting black pepper scent of ripe tannin.
Aromas of blackberry and currant with just a hint of black licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate with fine tannins and subtle ripe fruit giving licorice and mineral undertones. Complex and refined. Very well done. Best after 2011. Wine Spectator.
Deep ruby/purple with considerable amounts of toasty new oak blasting out of the glass, this winersquo;s heavy-handed vanilla oakiness conceals its relatively extracted, rich, tannic flavors. It remains dumb and closed, but offers excellent depth, power, and richness. While there is plenty here, patience is required. Anticipated maturity: 2009ndash;2020.
Lagrange remains one of the most consistently outstanding producers of Bordeaux for the money. Only the top chacirc;teaus made outstanding wines in the 2002 vintage, which saw a deluge of rain in August and less-than-perfect weather during the harvest. Yet Lagrange worked hard in its 280 acres of vineyards to produce the best possible grapes. 54 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 percent Merlot and 13 percent Petit Verdot.
Dense purple in color and surprisingly open-knit and velvety textured, the full-bodied, fleshy, succulently styled 2003 Lagrange is more accessible than most Northern Medocs. With low acidity, silky tannin, and loads of chocolatey black currant and cherry fruit as well as nicely integrated, toasty oak, this sensual wine should drink beautifully in 2ndash;3 years and last for 15ndash;18.
Good ruby-red. considerably less saturated than the 2000. Sexy, sweet aromas of black plum, black raspberry and flowers; smells more like Merlot, while the 2000 is more Cabernet. Juicy and suave in the mouth, with subtle but intense flavors nicely firmed by juicy acids. Classy, impeccably balanced wine with very fine-grained tannins. While this is not all hard today, it really should be given ten years in the cellar.