Tasted at the château for a 30-year vertical tasting. The 2009 Lagrange is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot, the Petit Verdot blended into the second wine. It was the first year when an optical sorting machine was used (another to keep it company two years later.) It has a very perfumed and complex bouquet with marmalade-tinged red fruit, cedar and touches of tobacco. It is very controlled, perhaps deceptively so. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe and succulent tannins on the entry, counterbalanced by well-judged acidity and a gorgeous, irresistible, sensual finish that washes serenely across the mouth. Is it the best Lagrange to date? Quite possibly. Drink 2016-2035. Tasted March 2014.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, August 2014|
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Lagrange '09 has a more rounded, fruit-driven bouquet with macerated dark cherries, blackberry and boysenberry. It coalesces nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of saline black fruit. Expressive Merlot here, smooth in the mouth with a pleasing, caressing finish. This is a Lagrange that is biding its time. Tasted January 2013.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, July 2013|
Tasted at the château and the UGC. A blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot (no Petit Verdot). A very deep, almost opaque garnet/purple colour. The nose has beautiful definition with scents of ripe blackberries, small black cherries, blueberry, a touch of mint and cedar. Very focused with the oak completely in synch with the fruit. Seamless tannins on the full-bodied palate, lively and animated, very taut, this is not the cashmere wine of Ducru for example, a little firmer in terms of the backbone, very well balanced, perhaps a little more masculine. Tightly coiled towards the espresso/minerally finish, really leaving a tingle of excitement on the tongue. Superb - real finesse in the wine, although that comes through leaving it for five minutes in the glass. The sample at the UGC showed more harmony and cohesion than the one at the château. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
Tightly knit, oaky and rich, with formidable concentration, but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien, this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length, richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years.
|Score: 90+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
This is very reserved right now but shows impressive blueberry and blackberry character. It's full- bodied, with a super density of fruit and ripe tannins. Wait until 2017.
|Score: 94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2014|
Intense aromas of blackberry and smoke. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and long finish. Solid and tight. As it should be.
|Score: 91/94||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2010|
Dark crimson. Purple rim. Very sweet indeed on the nose - unusually so for St-Julien. Glamorous and luscious with a hint of ink and freshness. Lots to enjoy! The tannins are very well handled and it's pure pleasure. Maybe lacks just a hint of freshness. Date tasted 1st April 2010. Drink 2016-2028.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
This excellent 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. Under the assured direction of Bruno Eynard, quality is higher than ever. Unusually at Lagrange there is a high percentage of Petit Verdot in the vineyard and this often makes up 15% of the final blend. However, with the Cabernet Sauvignon so perfectly ripe in 2009 it was decided not use any of it which is what they also did in the great 2000 vintage. In fact, the final blend is virtually identical to that of 2000 with 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot - aged in 60% new oak. The yield was a low 42 hl/ha.A good deep colour with ripe black fruit on the nose. Classic Medoc on the palate with cedar, tar and cassis notes. Cool, fresh and mineral despite the richness of fruit. Excellent depth of blackcurrant fruit. Long and persistent with good tannic structure to balance the fruit. This is really well put together and is at the very least at the quality level of the 2000 and 2005, but we suspect even better. Bravo to Bruno Eynard and his team. In 2009 they have out-performed neighbours Gruaud Larose, Talbot and Beychevelle. This is potentially the greatest Lagrange that we have ever tasted and is one of the must-buy wines of the vintage.
|Score: 17||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
Black red, concentrated and smoky blackcurrant fruit with a little herby lift, very good firm fruit, still quite tight, but concentration and balance assure a good future. Drink 2015-28.
|Score: 17||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010|