1998 Lagrange (St Julien) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

(65% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Bright, deep ruby. Fresh, fruit-driven aromas of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Juicy, clean and tightly wound, with lovely inner-palate energy. Cabernet-dominated flavors of black fruits, licorice, cedar and herbs. Finishes with fine-grained cabernet tannins. Built for the long haul, and likely to be at its best between 2010 and 2020. A possible sleeper: I would not be surprised if this youthfully firm wine ultimately merits a 90+ rating. Ducasse describes this wine as "a riper version of the 1988, more modern and less green. "

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 116

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

This dark ruby-colored, elegant, attractive effort offers spicy new oak, medium body, excellent concentration as well as depth, surprising softness, and early appeal. As with many Medocs, Lagrange's tannins are much friendlier since bottling.

Drink Dates: 2002-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 134

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Average rating: 87, based on 2 reviews
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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.

See other similar producers: Chateau Montrose, Chateau Cos D'Estournel, Chateau Talbot

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend

Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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