2011 CHÂTEAU LAGRANGE 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien
||Origin: France, Bordeaux
Lea & Sandeman review
The sunburn effect meant a loss of 20-25% of the Cabernet, so a lower proportion than they have been aiming for in recent years. 62% Cabernet 32% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Rich, serious, full-bodied. Very dark expression, but it remains on the fruit, with plumskin and sloe depth and richness. Lovely purity and vivacity, it will be hard to pin this to 2011 in a few years as it just does not taste like this vintage. I can't quite get over just how good this is - bravo to Bruno Eynard; I don't want to take anything away from what Marcel Ducasse achieved here, but what Bruno has done in the three vintages since he took over is nothing short of amazing.
Other reviews and comments
The Chateau Lagrange 2011 is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot (the highest percentage of the latter since 2007.) In 2011, there were just four treatments in the vineyard compared to 12 in 2000. It has a deep purple colour. It has a very pure bouquet with blackberry, cassis, limestone and a touch of Margaux-like violets. It certainly has fine delineation. The palate is pure with silky smooth tannins, fine acidity and an almost Burgundy-like texture. This is a very accomplished Lagrange although I would like to see more personality. It shows good weight on the tensile finish however and is an accomplished Saint Julien.
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, erobertparker.com
Supple, with a nice creamy feel to the plum, fig and blackberry flavors. A light stony edge lends some additional length and definition on the finish.
James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator
Mid purplish crimson. Solid, fragrant, essence of Médoc. This property always seems relatively underpriced to me. Racy and sleek. Tannins very well managed.
Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
Gentle, dark, small-berried fruit, blackberry more than cassis. Hint of cedar. Much more cedary on the palate. Taut and firm but not dry. Embryonic rather than dry tannins. Long, fresh, juicy finish. 2018-2028
Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com
Good depth of blackcurrant fruit, quite open style, but will gain complexity. Drink 2015-2024.
The blend this year is Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Merlot 32% Petit Verdot 6%. An exotic yet pure, lifted and rather perfumed character here. A sweet, defined, direct and nicely defined character on the palate, rich and harmonious, the wine showing great purity of fruit, fine lines and a really bright character. In the midpalate the acidity seems rather firm though, although the tannins are well hidden, giving it a fine, harmonious feel. There's more backbone here than is first apparent, as seen on retasting. There is some big, fat extraction here, a sure mark of the vintage.
Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com