Château Lagrange – 94
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Aromatic nose with elegant character, dark berries, discreet oak spices and very fine toasting aromas. On the palate full-bodied yet elegant, ripe tannins with velvety character, convincing length and fine fruit lingering in the finish.
This tasting of Château Lagrange held during en primeur week was a pertinent reminder of how much I like this property for the values it holds dear: value, reliability, typicité and availability. You know, the biggest argument I ever had when I was a Bordeaux buyer was not over Lafite or Pétrus. No, it concerned over a cache of Château Lagrange that had become available on the secondary market. A distributor was desperately seeking a couple of hundred cases for the prosaic reason that his clientele love to drink it. He had to have it. I can understand that in Bordeaux these days everybody yearns to be a star, grab headlines and be millionaires’ darlings. However, they are not necessary genuine wine-lovers, the ones whose passion is only limited by the shortness of their purse strings, those disenfranchised by much of what Bordeaux stands for today. This tasting of Château Lagrange reaffirmed how the importance of a venerable Grand Cru Classé offering great Bordeaux to wide and appreciative audience that are not looking to make a 10% margin, but share this wine with their friends.
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A vertical spanning for decades of any great estate is always going to be a fascinating exercice. The changes reflected in a wine over such a long period of time is a lesson not just in history, and the influence of the managers, consultants and owners who take the big décisions, but also in the wider influence of economic changes taht can batter any business over the long term, not to mention global weather patterns and technological advances, both of which play their part in translating what happens in the vineyard into what we can discern in our glass.
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2010 Chateau Lagrange 93 / 100
Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange has a very refined, sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, bay leaf, cedar and sous-bois, all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine grippy entry. There is a lot of citrus fruit here, lending the 2010 tension and poise.
It remains linear and focused, saving something up for the future.
Tasted December 2012.