Chateau Lagrange Saint Julien 2005


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The harvest period: dry, sunny with normal temperature. Fresh mornings allowing to preserve acidity. The harvest in red started on September 21st and ended on October 10th with up to 100 pickers. The excellent Château Lagrange is one of St. Julien's great wines - fine, full-bodied and concentrated. The vintages since 1985 introduce ripe fruit aromas of rich black currant and cherry, spicy, toasty new oak, minerals, and in some vintages cedar and charcoal. They are appealing when young but also have great potential for long aging.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Appellation St. Julien
Brand Chateau Lagrange
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastThe tannins dominate this dark, brooding wine. At this stage, it seems to have closed up, leaving the fruit and acidity buried. But with this concentration, the future looks promising. There is a long aging potential here.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2008
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorCurrant, 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.

James Suckling, March 31, 2008
  • st91

International Wine CellarMedium 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.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2008