2003 Lagrange (St Julien) 750ml

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WS 92   WA 91   IWC 89?   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Aromas of blackberry and currant with just a hint of black licorice follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and subtle ripe fruit, giving licorice and mineral undertones. Complex and refined. Very well done. 24,165 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: James Suckling


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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

Dense purple in color and surprisingly open-knit and velvety textured, the full-bodied, fleshy, succulently styled 2003 Lagrange is more accessible than most Northern Medocs. With low acidity, silky tannin, and loads of chocolatey black currant and cherry fruit as well as nicely integrated, toasty oak, this sensual wine should drink beautifully in 2-3 years and last for 15-18.

Drink Dates: 2008-2024
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89?

($34-$44) Red-ruby. Currant, leather and tobacco on the nose. Sweet, dense and thick, with considerable power for Lagrange. Ripe note of dark chocolate. I would have scored this higher but for a slight dry spot in the middle palate that carried through on the aftertaste. My bottle may not have been representative.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Elwood
Trust Rating: 4
Tasted On: 12/20/2014

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Rating: 94
Author: DoctorJFred
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 06/26/2010
Consumed on the early side because it spent ~1yr aging in ambient temp rather that 60 deg F. As such, clearly at peak. Beautiful, long nose with notes of blackberry, sour cherry, and hint of vanilla. Soft palate with some slight earthen tones. Consumed with rib-eye steak and broiled asparagus with EVOO - an excellent combination that brought out the juicy flavors in the meat. Saved for a second day tasting using a vacuum-sealer; the wine did not disappoint on the second day, losing little of its flavors.

Rating: 92
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/31/2013
Drink Dates: 2007-2015
This bottle was all about finesse. It was delicate, but beautiful. There was plenty of ripe fruit and tannins, and a pleasant hint of brett on the finish. This was understated and showed plenty of restraint, as if to avoid upstaging any of the foods it could be paired with. A pleasant, refined drinking experience. I would like to try a 2005 or 2000 in comparison to this 2003. Note - this bottle showed signs of beginning to go over the hill. The 2003 vintage was ultra-ripe and peaked early, and this bottling could be on the way out. Drink up now.

Rating: 91
Author: riffmaker
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 05/03/2015

Rating: 85
Author: cinnamon
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/28/2009

Average rating: 89, based on 8 reviews
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3991 bottles owned by 885 collectors.

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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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