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Panier4 Articlesbordeaux» Saint-Julien A.O.C Lagrange 2003

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St. Julian Wine Company:
Mariano Meconi was born in village of Faleria, Italy in 1895. At the age of 13, Mariano emigrated from Italy to Windsor, Ontario Canada. As a young man, after school Mariano worked at the Studebaker auto factory in order to supplement his preferred vocation of wine making. In 1921 at age 26, Mariano founded Border City Wine Cellars, quickly changing the name to the Meconi Wine Company. Followi... Read more
Mariano Meconi was born in village of Faleria, Italy in 1895. At the age of 13, Mariano emigrated from Italy to Windsor, Ontario Canada. As a young man, after school Mariano worked at the Studebaker auto factory in order to supplement his preferred vocation of wine making. In 1921 at age 26, Mariano founded Border City Wine Cellars, quickly changing the name to the Meconi Wine Company. Following the repeal of Prohibition in December of 1933, Mariano moved his flourishing wine making enterprise across the river to Detroit in 1934. 1936 was the year Meconi moved the family to its present location in Paw Paw, in order to be closer to the acclaimed Lake Michigan Shore grape-growing region. With the move came a new name, The Italian Wine Company. In 1941, during World War II, Meconi strategically countered rising antifascist sentiment in the United States by switching the name of the company once again, from the Italian Wine Company, to St. Julian Winery. In the last name change of the company, Mariano Meconi humbly paid homage to the patron saint of his native village, Faleria, Italy. All Italian villages have patron saints and San Giuliano, nee St. Julian, stands as the saint that protects the village and its citizens of Faleria. For the past 88 years, the Winery now known as St. Julian Wine Co., Inc. has produced award-winning products. From the first shoots of the Michigan spring through the harvest and barrel tasting of late fall, the family tradition that has flourished transforms grapes to wine, fruit to nectar, as passion and science converge bottle after bottle, case after case. Read less

Member Reviews for Panier4 Articlesbordeaux» Saint-Julien A.O.C Lagrange

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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
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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
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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
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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: ChefPrivato
90794326
5.00 5
10/07/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Panier4 Articlesbordeaux» Saint-Julien A.O.C Lagrange

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Bright ruby-red. Brisk aromas of currant, cedar and minerals. Firmly built, complex and aromatic, with lovely flavor definition and excellent palate coverage. Finishes with mouthcoating tannins and very good length. An excellent vintage for Lagrange.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
07/02/2008

This lovely Bordeaux is showing beautifully right now. An ample wine with beautiful aromas of violets, cherries, and pepper.


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
09/27/2011

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 '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. It's a complex wine, old Bordeaux ripened until it doesn't recognize its new clothes, suddenly friendly and modern, with a lasting black pepper scent of ripe tannin.


External Review
07/06/2011

WA: 91-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 2 3 years and last for 15 18-(Parker, R. 2006)


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Dark ruby/purple-colored with a nose of charcoal smoke intermixed with black currants, cherries, and toasty new oak, the 2003 Lagrange hits the palate with an expansive, fleshy mouthfeel, copious glycerin, and some unusual notes of road tar. The finish offers a hint of the scorching summer heat in the warm, alcoholic afterglow. This relatively deep, concentrated wine has low acidity and, unlike more recent Lagranges, should be drinkable several months after bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2007ndash;2018.


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