Lagrange 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Julien
ColourRed
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Tasting Notes

This Chateau is the largest of all the classed growths with 117 hectares of vines (4 of which are planted with white varieties). Top quality Saint Julien has been produced here since the late 1980's when it was bought by the Suntory group of Japan. This quality level is partly achieved by the production of a very good second wine, Les Fiefs de Lagrange, which in most vintages makes up more than 50% of production. The red varieties are planted 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Quite a deep colour and with surprising ripeness and intensity on the nose. Juicy with damson and cassis on the palate, there are layers of ripe, velvety tannins providing the structure around a rich, kirsch finish. Quite a heady example of Lagrange, with is ripe and long on the finish.

Score: 16Farr Vintners, April 2017

The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced. Drink 2025 - 2060.

Score: 94/96Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015.

Score: 95/96James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 Lagrange (Saint-Julien) is soft, pliant and inviting. A gracious midweight Saint-Julien, the 2016 is impeccably balanced. It is also one of the more sensual, graceful wines readers will taste in this appellation. Soft contours, pliant fruit and silky tannins add to that impression. Sweet tobacco, herbs, crushed flowers and dried cherries are all laced into the expressive finish.

Score: 90/93Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe the start of the palate has rich fruit depth the tannins firm but ripe. Tighter and fresher in the middle there is a mix of bramble freshness and cassis richness the fruit at the back sweet the finish has good length. 2025-39

Score: 89/93Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Petit Verdot is back in a big way at Lagrange in 2016, adding some backbone to wines that tend to be quite forward in style. This is very grassy and fresh, with well handle 60% new oak, bright acidity and a foundation of tannin. 2024-30

Score: 90Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

Dark purple. Quite high volatile acidity. Big and broad but lacks a bit of precision and focus. A tad scrawny on the end. Was everything ripe enough? Dilute finish.
Drink 2024-2038

Score: 16.5Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Château Lagrange is at 50% grand vin in 2016, which is its highest since the Suntory group became owners in 1983. They say that until now the percentage of Fiefs de Lagrange has always been higher, but in 2016 many plots planted in 1985 reached maturity. Together with the exceptional quality of the vintage and the intra-plot selection, this means more top quality wine destined for the grand vin. There is lovely concentration in this wine, with spicy pepper and cinnamon notes coming to the fore before the blackcurrant takes over on the mid-palate. 2016 was the longest harvest ever, according to technical director Matthieu Bordes, right through to 24th October. No doubt this is a fantastic Lagrange, to be savoured. Drinking Window 2025 - 2045.

Score: 95Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

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