2005 Lagrange (St Julien) 750ml

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2005 Lagrange (St Julien)
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International Wine Cellar | 91

($70-$75) Medium red-ruby. Reticent but sweet nose offers plum, black cherry, minerals and bitter chocolate. Thick and powerful but with excellent vinosity and sweetness as well as a slightly exotic character to the red fruit and spice flavors. Deep, slow-mounting wine that builds impressively on the back end. The tannins here make those of the 2006 seem a bit rigid by comparison. I was struck by the thought that Lagrange has done consistently well in the last three vintages, and that each effort is an accurate reflection of its year.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 18++

This was the first vintage in which they used mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet and raw and very callow but there is so much here! Too early really to judge this wine. It seems to have so much raw material to work with.

Drink Dates: 2015-2035
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 91

Sweet, toasty, oaky notes interwoven with hints of black olives, blackberries, cassis, and spice box are found in this densely saturated ruby/purple-hued 2005. While rich, with impressive concentration and purity, it is also tannic, full-bodied, and painfully backward and foreboding. This is another long-term prospect that will require patience.

Drink Dates: 2013-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 93

Currant, mineral, plum and light toasty oak follow through to a full body, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is thoroughly beautiful. Superbalanced and very pretty. 24,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 94
Author: OCKevin
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/17/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2020
Tasted the same vintage at the chateau back in 2009. The intervening years have given the wine an opulently smooth mouthfeel, a nice focus on black fruit and active but subtle tannins. I wish I had more than just one bottle!

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Score: 94
Author: Litig8tr
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/06/2012
This wine is in prime form right now. Black currants, blackberries and a hint of spice. The tannins have mellowed but the fruit still shows through. Wonderfully expressing itself.

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Score: 90
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/21/2012

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Score: 91
Author: Carol H12
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/05/2010
Purple in color. A little dry with tacky stiff tannins. High solid acid and deep purple fruit. Clean and somewhat closed still with a long finish and some nice herb and tobacco. Silky. Will only get better with a couple more years.

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Score: 91
Author: grapist
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2009

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More Vintages and Sizes of Lagrange (St Julien):

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About This Producer


Believed to have once been home to an order of the Knights Templar in the 14th century, the Bordeaux chateau was acquired by Baron de Brane, of Mouton and Brane-Cantenac fame, before being turned over in the late 18th century to Napoleon's finance minister, who significantly expanded the vineyard. However, it wasn't until a century later that Lagrange wines achieved superior quality. The Cendoya family, who had owned the estate since 1925, sold it off to the Japanese wine and spirits conglomerate Suntory. Under government recommendation, Suntory spent $4 million on renovations ($10 million to date) under the supervision of winemaker Marcel Ducasse, former apprentice to Professor Peynaud.

The estate's second wine is called Les Fiefs de Lagrange.

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