2013 3ème Cru Classé Saint Julien

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
Classification 3ème Cru Classé

75% Cabernet sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. First tasting showed focused Cabernet fruit, not overly ripe, but pure and quite concentrated. A little dour, but getting there there. Later tasted again where it showed better - Lagrange's usual tendencey to being monolithic, but there's a sweet and textured cassis Cabernet middle with good weight and depth, even if no huge length. 2017-2025 Rating: 88-90 L&S (Apr 2014)

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The 2013 LaGrange exhibits an attractive deep ruby color as well as less oak than is normally found during the first year of tasting. It offers supple tannins, excellent texture and good purity. This successful, medium-bodied 2013 should drink well for 8-10 years. 2014-2024 Rating: 87-89 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2014)

Dark red-ruby. Highly perfumed, refined aromas of red cherry, raspberry eau de vie, minerals and rose petal, complicated by sweet spices. Bright and clean in the mouth, with lively acidity lifting the red fruit and spicy floral flavors at the back. Finishes with repeating notes of juicy red berries and minerals. Strange as it may seem in a vintage of light wines like 2013, this Lagrange seems to have a deeper nose and more density than usual. Rating: 87-90 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)

Smoky and black fruited the palate is firm the tannins obvious on the start. There is sweeter fruit in the middle cassis and black cherry but the tannins at the back are tight slightly harsh tending to dry and shorten the finish. 2020-30 Rating: 86-89 Derek Smedley MW, 2014)

Rating: 90 Tim Atkin MW, 2014)

(75 Cabernet Sauvignon, 21 Merlot, 4 Petit Verdot) 60% new oak, 13.3% alcohol. This is a feisty wine and it has a classic cassis core with a suit of oak armour (as always). Shame it cannot be more subtle in a vintage like this. The oak heavy-handedness is better but surely in 2013 it could be tempered? It’s such a shame. The fruit is accordingly pristine but a little sappy. Rating: 16 Matthew Jukes 2014)

Closed nose, very tough palate. Super-traditional style – very restrained and austere. Needs long ageing to resolve the tannins. 2023-2038 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming MW - 2014)

Light purple-red, fine fragrance of Cabernet fruit and very good clarity, has fruit and grip for a good future. Drink: 2017-2028. Rating: 17 Steven Spurrier(Apr 2014)

High-pitched, with a floral hint giving way to red currant, Campari and damson plum notes. Offers a brisk, stony finish. Rating: 86–89 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2014)

The Lagrange 2013 is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot picked between 30 September and 14 October with the last Petit Verdot vines (representing 40% of the total crop.) It sports considerable fruitiness on the nose with vibrant and pure red cherries, fresh strawberry and cedar that is well defined. The palate is well balanced with fine, perhaps slightly "stringy" tannins, but there is commendable precision towards the finish that deftly carries the oak. This is definitely one of the more assured Saint Julien wines of the year and should be well worth picking out if the price is right. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, 2014)

A seamless 2013 with an outstanding core of dark fruit and a mineral character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Rating: 90-91 James Suckling, 2014)

The 2013 Lagrange is soft, supple and built for near-term drinking. Sweet red berries, flowers and a hint of spice inform the fruity finish. Rating: 84-87 Antonio Galloni, 2014)

Château Lagrange

St Julien Troisième Cru Classé 1855 The fortunes of Château Lagrange were revived with the purchase of the estate by japanese spirits giant Suntory in 1983. Before that, the 20th Century had been a difficult time. Some vineyard had had to be sold off (to Ducru-Beaucaillou and Gloria) and the reputation had slipped considerably. Marcel Ducasse was employed to run the estate, and the new owners pumped in investment.

Marcel retired after the 2008 vintage and the succession passed to his maitre du chai, Bruno Eynard. Bruno gave way in turn to Matthieu Bordes in 2014. Change has been rapid, with a new building program and the cuverie with an extraordinary 92 vats of differing sizes corresponding to the different parcels by soil type and vine age. Climatic change has led them to question whether they need as much Petit Verdot as they have in the vineyard. In recent vintages it has been easy to ripen the Cabernet Sauvignon fully, and since they seek elegance, it would seem right to emphasise the Cabernet and leave out the Petit Verdot which is really there to boost the power.

Château Lagrange is one of the larger Médoc estates, lying a little further inland than many of its St Julien rivals. There are still 115ha under vine, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot for the red wine. Wines spend 20 months in wood (50%-60% new).

The second wine, produced since 1987, is Les Fiefs de Lagrange. A small amount of white wine, Les Arums de Lagrange, is produced too, named after the arum lilies around the lake in front of the château

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