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2016 du Saint Julien

Grapes Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien

55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. First look, bright and pure, a lovely plush and expressive fruit, silky with excellent juice in the middle, fresh acidity: this is lovely. At the Château, preceded by a tasting of the 2015s, there's more stuffing and intensity to the 2016, as well as more weight and volume, and it is long and directed too. Very impressive. Seems more powerful than Lagrange 2015! A great year to fill your boots - in magnums too. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 89-91 L&S (Apr 2017)

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The 2016 Les Fiefs de Lagrange offers blackberry, raspberry and light cedar scents on a nose that gradually unfurls in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, a velvety-smooth texture and some quality new oak evident on the finish, fortunately neatly integrated and simpatico with the fruit. Excellent. Tasted blind at the Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, (Aug 2020)

The 2016 Les Fiefs de Lagrange is the second wine of Château Lagrange. This charming, high-quality Saint-Julien has more herbal, earthy notes than the Grand Vin and offers lots of blackcurrants and black cherry fruits, plenty of tobacco and damp forest floor notes, medium body, sweet tannins, and loads of charm. It's nicely balanced and well worth drinking. It should keep for over a decade. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 89 Jeb Dunnuck, (Feb 2019)

The 2016 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, which actually comes from 35-year-old vines nowadays, is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot and matured in 20% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet, especially for a Deuxième Vin, with pure black cherry, crème de cassis and crushed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, quite tensile in the mouth and full of joie de vivre. You cannot really go wrong with Les Fiefs, and I bet it will be a great value once released. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 90-92 Neal Martin, (Apr 2017)

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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