The 2019 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the highest ever proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. The yield was close to average at 40hl/ha, but the berry weights were the lowest seen in 36 years, indicating rich grapes in concentration, sugars and tannins. The wine will be aged in 60% new French oak for 20 months. Only 30% of the harvest went into the Grand Vin this year, the lowest proportion to date. Deep purple in colour with a rich nose of cassis and forest fruit, supported by savoury, peppery cedar notes. The palate is intense and tightly coiled, unfurling with notes of fresh blackcurrant and dark cherries. The tannins are chalky and mouthcoating but ripe, providing both freshness and structure. There is a smoky sweetness from the oak, adding a level of seduction. Despite this, the focus is the intense and driven core of black fruits - there is superb weight of fruit here. This lingers on a long, ripe yet fine finish. An excellent 2019.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020|
The 2019 Lagrange was picked from 24 September and finished with the Petit Verdot on 14 October - the longest harvest at 27 days. It has quite a dense, powerful bouquet with black fruit, sous-bois and cedar, taking its time to open but somehow remaining more “distant” than previous vintages of Lagrange. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, layers of black fruit with just a light citric touch. Quite a streamlined Lagrange in the context of a warm growing season, this feels agile and nimble on the finish. Excellent. 2025 - 2055
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020|
Displaying a deep garnet-purple color, the 2019 Lagrange charges out of the gate with bright, shiny, classic cassis, cedar chest and clove oil scents followed by hints of ripe black cherries, mulberries, spice cake and menthol. The medium-bodied palate is tightly wound with taut, crunchy black fruits, supported by rock-solid grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing long and invigorating. 2025 - 2048
|Score: 93/95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (July Week ), July 2020|
A red with dark fruit and plenty of dark chocolate, as well as spice undertones. Full body. Juicy finish. Extremely balanced and refined.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020|
The 2019 Lagrange is a dark, sumptuous wine endowed with tremendous textural resonance and pure power. Cedar, sweet tobacco, dried leaves, leather and licorice all add nuance to a core of ripe red cherry and red plum fruit. I especially admire Lagrange's depth in 2019.
|Score: 92/94||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020|
Dark plum in colour, medium intensity, this is sleek, well-defined and has an extremely pure expression of cassis fruit. Just enormously elegant, with tons of St Julien balance, and fine tannins that are sure to take it through the next few decades with ease. I love this wine, one of the most enjoyable of the vintage in St Julien, with a strikingly seductive texture. Tasted twice two weeks apart, sure to become a standout with some bottle age. When you look at the figures (which I only did after tasting) you start to understand why this is so good - highest level of Cabernet in the estate's recent history, longest harvest ever through to October 14, and only 1/3 of overall production in the 1st wine, lowest amount to date. Whatever they are doing, they are getting it right. Drinking Window 2027 - 2045
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, June 2020|
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. Barrel sample.
Look at all that Cabernet in the blend! Classic graphite and cassis aromas. Deep and quite profound with layered fruit, freshness and a big but polished tannic frame. Long, firm finish. Solid and with staying power. (JL)
Drink 2027 – 2045
|Score: 17||James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020|