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