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Château Lagrange St.-Julien 2003

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Château LaGrange:
Château Lagrange was known in the Middle Ages as the Noble House of Lagrange Montei. Records of the successive owners go back as far as 1631. In 1824 the total production was 120 barrels (12 000 cases). In 1842, the ex-Home Secretary to King Louis-Philippe, Count Duchatel, left his mark on the property and the Médoc by introducing a drainage system in the vineyard. The Count brought the annual ... Read more
Château Lagrange was known in the Middle Ages as the Noble House of Lagrange Montei. Records of the successive owners go back as far as 1631. In 1824 the total production was 120 barrels (12 000 cases). In 1842, the ex-Home Secretary to King Louis-Philippe, Count Duchatel, left his mark on the property and the Médoc by introducing a drainage system in the vineyard. The Count brought the annual production up to 300 barrels. This was a golden age for Lagrange, with the famous 1855 classification awarding the property the title of Third Classified Growth. The beginning of the 20th century was much less glorious as the economic conditions deteriorated. Despite several changes in ownership the yields were lower and of lesser quality. A decline in business meant the estate had to be broken up : from 280 hectares (around 700 acres) in1840, the domain had been reduced to 157 hectares (392 acres) by December 1983, when the Japanese group Suntory bought it from the Cendoya family, owners since 1925. Read less

Member Reviews for Château Lagrange St.-Julien

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Snooth User: razmaspaz
28350227
4.50 5
09/26/2007

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.


Snooth User: Bill Howard
33169110
4.50 5
10/25/2007

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


Snooth User: theBubba
4348944
4.00 5
02/25/2008

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.


Snooth User: tfcr
3597179
4.00 5
05/21/2008

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.


Snooth User: Kurt5050
21619826
4.00 5
07/16/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Château Lagrange St.-Julien

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

An impressive performance by Lagrange, the 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color with obvious notes of melted licorice, creme de cassis, and toasty new oak. This ripe, dense, full-bodied St.-Julien is chewy, thick, high in tannin, large-bodied, and impressively long and dense. As always, it is less expressive than some of its peers, but it is loaded as well as reasonably priced. Anticipated maturity: 2010ndash;2030.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A dark, dry, brooding wine, which has flavors of blackberries and red plum skins, which is not at all dominated by wood. This is a classic wine, with Saint-Julienrsquo;s elegance and 2003rsquo;s power.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Lots of floral, berry and raspberry character on the nose. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a fresh finish. Lovely wine. Round and refined. Best after 2006.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
04/24/2009

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. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2003 Lagrange St Julien 750ml


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good red-ruby. Captivating aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, cedar, coffee and mocha. Sweet, silky and lush, but given shape by firm underlying minerality. Wonderfully round wine with palate-saturating flavor. Finishes with major toothcoating tannins. This is developing very well in barrel.


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