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  • 1985

    Lagrange 1985

    Weather conditions

    A rather humid spring with mild temperatures. The summer is dry with normal temperatures.

    Picking dates

    From 26th September to 11th October

    Blending

    The blend consists of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot.

    Tasting

    The beautiful colour has barely evolved. Fruit and spice accompany the fresh, expressive bouquet, which is full of aromatic flavours. Well balanced, it possesses a rich, powerful, velvety character. This robust, fat, full structured wine can be drunk now but should continue to improve, developing complexity over the next few years.

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  • 1986

    Lagrange 1986

    Weather conditions

    A late spring, nevertheless with good weather conditions during the blossoming. The summer is marked by the drought and a storm a fortnight before the harvest allowing to achieve the ripening. Perfect weather conditions during the picking.

    Picking dates

    From 30 September to 17th October.

    Blending

    The Blend consists of 57 % cabernet sauvignon, 43 % Merlot.

    Tasting

    The 1986 exhibits the vibrant purple color of a young wine. The resin and spice-scented nose is just beginning to open up, but offers delicious savory aromas. Very robust, concentrated, massive, still a little hard, a thick layer of hefty tannin characterizes this wine with some astringency on the finish. It is very structured, built to last, and will take a long time to mature. A sure value in the long run.

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  • 1988

    Lagrange 1988

    Weather conditions

    The spring is rather humid with normal temperatures. The high mildew pressure required regular and careful treatments. Dry summer and few rains in the early September. No rain and very warm temperatures during the harvest.

    Picking dates

    From 3rd October to 19th October.

    Blending

    The blend : 59 % cabernet sauvignon and 41 % Merlot –the Petit verdot was planted this year.

    Tasting

    The 1988 displays a deep, dark, rich purple color. The nose is very suave with complex aromas revealing a wide range of fruits and tannins. It is still a young wine, not fully developed. Round, fleshy, reminiscent of ripe grapes, this beautiful wine is fat yet vigorous and complete. Very classic, long and elegant without superfluous layers, it will benefit from more years of cellering. A typical claret !

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  • 1989

    Exceptional premature year

    Weather conditions

    Exceptional premature year.
    Atypical weather conditions: April is cool and humid, whereas May is unusually warm. July hotter than an average year, just like August and September but the nights are cooler. These conditions speeded the grapes maturation up.

    Picking dates

    From 6th September to 28th September.

    Blending

    The blend : 55% Cabernet sauvignon, 45% Merlot.

    Tasting

    “The colour of this wine is a deep carmine red. The nose, where the fully ripe black fruit goes excellently well with the elegance of the wood, gives an impression of “confit” (long, slow cooking to concentrate taste) and toast, but without heaviness. In the mouth, it is at the same time strong and tender, hot and full-bodied, powerful and plump. It has a touch of sweetness. It is very tannic without being at all hard. Its balance promises much and will give a very smooth wine to taste.”

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  • 1990

    A very classy wine

    Weather conditions

    April is humid and a bit cool. Then, the summer is very dry until the harvest, the rain appears again on September the 22nd and after the harvest in October. The average temperatures are higher than usually. The sunshine is so intense that our students- harvesters do not hesitate to pick the grapes in bathing suits.

    Picking dates

    From 22nd September to 10th October.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot and 12% Petit verdot.

    Tasting

    “This is a rich and full vintage, combining suppleness and power, concentration and elegance.
    The nose is powerful, suave, complex, concentrated and very elegant. on the palate, the structure is velvety, supple and fleshy with powerful and ripe tannins, with no dryness; this vintage is a great success.”

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  • 1994

    Lagrange 1994

    Weather conditions

    An early budbreak. Warm temperatures in May and a memorable heatwave in July. Some rare but regular rains allowing an early and quick colour change.
    The merlots are picked under the rain but in a good sanitary state.

    Picking dates

    From 19th September to 30th September.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 60 Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    A beautiful, dark crimson colour with purple notes. A fruity nose redolent of black currant and cherry, with a touch of oak. In the mouth, supple and full with good fruit and a powerful tannic finish. At the moment, marked by the austerity that is characteristic of the vintage. Excellent ageing potential.

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  • 1995

    A well balanced vintage

    Weather conditions

    The harvest period : dry, sunny with normal temperature.
    Fresh mornings allowing to preserve acidity.

    Picking dates

    From 21rst September to 5th October 1995.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The colour is sumptuous deep carmine with purplish tints. On the nose, this vintage is powerful, complex and concentrated, but not heavy. The ripe fruit aromas, reminiscent of candied fruit, dominate the smoky and vanilla notes of the oak. In the mouth, the attack is full and velvety: the mid-palate is unctuous and fleshy, yet not too thick; the finish shows ripe and powerful tannins with no signs of dryness, prolonging the general harmony of this wine.
    This is a rare, complete vintage, combining suppleness and strength, concentration and elegance, solidity and harmony.”

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  • 1996

    The year of the Cabernets

    Weather conditions

    The spring: warm and dry, more than 89 and 90. A very hot and dry summer with some storms that provoke some flower abortion on the Merlots. This is a natural thinning- out. Then a beautiful sunshine from August 26th to September19th. A beneficial period which determines the quality of the vintage.

    Picking dates

    From 26th September to 11th October 1996.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The nose is racy, with a great balance between a dense fruit and oak. Aromas of pure red fruits, cedar and eucalyptus are intermingled with fine toasty notes. The harmonious palate boasts a certain maturity and speaks for itself. Full and fleshy; it develops a plump texture and finishes with strong, silky tannins. This wine is clean, complete and beautifully noble with enough tannic strength to suggest a long ageing period.”

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  • 1997

    Lagrange 1997

    Weather conditions

    Early budbreak during the spring. April is warm and dry . the cold and rainy weather of May brings about some millerandage on the Merlots. Vinexpo 97 is rainy. During the green harvest, the grapes damaged by the grey rot are cut down. Heterogeneous change of colour on the Cabernets sauvignon. Tropical weather in August and ideal conditions during the harvest.

    Picking dates

    From 15th September to 9th October 1997

    Blending

    The blend : 50 % Cabernet sauvignon, 33% Merlot , 17% Petit verdot

    Tasting

    This wine displays a brilliant, deep, healthy color with ruby-purple tints. There is no evidence of evolution. The nose is complex and ripe without heaviness. Noble red fruit is nicely balanced with the oak and is layered with smoke, vanilla, and licorice. The palate is harmonious, tender and velvety. It is long, moderately dense with juicy tannins that contribute a certain energy. This wine will keep for a long time.

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  • 1998

    August makes the must

    Weather conditions

    Early budbreak. April is rainy and mild, then few storms comes from the Atlantic Ocean. June is sunny, still with important climatic contrasts. The first match of the World Championship takes place under the rain, a heat-wave of 38°C marks the second match. July is cold but dry. A disturbed weather in September before the anticyclone returns from the 16th to achieve the ripening in good conditions.

    From 28th September to 5th October 1998.

    Blending

    The blend: 65 % cabernet sauvignon, 28 % Merlot, 7 % Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    It’s dark purple color is lively and intense. The nose of this wine has a complex of blueberry and blackcurrant aromas with a pleasant touch of oak. On the palate, it is quite full-bodied with a good, robust first impression. The evolution is solid and concentrated and the finish, tannic but not harsh. It will become a long ageing noble wine.

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  • 2000

    Richness and Fineness of the cabernets

    Weather conditions

    A great care is given to the preventive treatments against mildew. The blossoming is quick and homogeneous. July is cool and humid. The warm and dry weather of August and September is undoubtedly responsible for the quality of the vintage. The grapes picked are in a good sanitary state, ripe, with a thick skin and an intense colour.

    Picking dates

    From 28th September to 11th October 2000.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Merlot.

    Tasting

    “This vintage owes its richness to the “great” Cabernets (76% of the blend). The color is dense and deep, very purple. The very complex nose marries finesse and mature fruit without heaviness. In the mouth, this balance is very elegant, longer than thick, harmonious, with racy, lasting tannins. This is a long-keeping wine.”

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  • 2001

    A beautiful year

    Weather conditions

    Early budbreak. Nice weather from May on allowing a quick and homogeneous blossoming. Heterogeneous change of colour. High temperatures during the day and cool at night. The beautiful weather of September achieves the ripening of the grapes. Good conditions during the harvest.

    Picking dates

    From 3rd October to15th October

    Blending

    The blend consists of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “This is a great classic of Saint-Julien. The colour is intense and deep with crimson tints. On the nose the fruit is very pure, almost spicy. We can distinguish slightly smoky, oaky, aniseed notes. In the palate the balance is harmonious and lively. The aromas of small black fruits are very present and the good oakiness isn’t domineering. The finish is tannic but not austere and will allow a good ageing in the bottle. The 2001 is a particularly successful year for the Petit Verdot.”

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  • 2002

    Year of record degrees

    Weather conditions

    In the spring, conditions with average data but with a disturbed weather.
    Important millerandage on the merlots. July: dry and cool, and some rains in August. A beautiful weather in September and during the harvest. The tannins rate are very high.

    From 1rst October to 14th October 2002

    Blending

    The blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The colour is deep and intense. The nose is ripe, long and noble. The structure in the palate is ample, classical and homogeneous with very good ripe and opulent tannins. The 2002 is a high quality long-keeping vintage.”

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  • 2003

    A great year despite the heat wave

    Weather conditions

    After a disturbed weather in May, a heat wave marks June, July and August provoking an early change of colour. After a very beneficial rain in September, the grapes could ripen in excellent conditions.

    From 11th September to 25th September 2003.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The robe is of a beautiful deep ruby colour. The nose boasts a lovely complexity with fragrances of violets, roses, cherries and pepper. The wine is ample, smooth and intense in the palate with a finish reminiscent of the aromas found in the bouquet. The attack is fine and supple, showing a beautiful freshness. The tannins are ripe and opulent. The 2003 is a good keeping wine.”

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  • 2004

    A classic and elegant year

    Weather conditions

    The harvest period: dry, sunny with normal temperature. Fresh mornings allowing to preserve acidity.

    From 4th to 19th October 2004.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The robe presents a magnificent deep, bright colour with blush and purplish tints. The nose expresses a great freshness with aromas of black, red fruits and minth. In the palate, a powerful structure in the attack reveals velvety and elegant aromas. This is a very full, plump vintage with a remarkable framework. The finish is long and sappy.”

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  • 2005

    The superlative vintage

    Weather conditions

    The year 2005 can be summarized in three words: drought, sunshine and a large range of temperatures. In a normal year, the rainfalls in Gironde represent on average 900 mm. In 2005, only 400 mm of rain were recorded. This year will remain in all the wine-growers’ memories because of the exceptional weather conditions. Fresh mornings allowing to preserve acidity.

    Picking dates

    From 21rst September to 10 th October 2005.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 09% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “Sweet, toasty, oaky notes interwoven with hints of black olives, blackberries, cassis, and spice box are found in this densely saturated ruby/purple-hued 2005. While rich, with impressive concentration and purity, it is also tannic, full-bodied, and painfully backward and foreboding. This is another long-term prospect that will require patience.”

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  • 2006

    Know-How and Classicism

    Weather conditions

    2006 is a surprising year marked by unusual climatic conditions. The year is generally speaking warm and dry, still with regular rains well spaced out, allowing the vines to bear the hot temperatures of July.

    Picking dates

    From 18th September to 5 th October 2006.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot.

    Tasting

    “It’s a typical vintage of the Médoc marrying concentrated elegance and unctuosity whilst preserving the freshness brought by the great cabernets.”

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  • 2007

    Elegance and fruit

    Weather conditions

    The vintage 2007 is affected by a cool summer with important rainfalls in the spring. The sun shines again in September allowing the grapes to mature.

    Picking dates

    From 20th September to 13th October 2007.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, which is representative of the grapes varieties plantation.

    Tasting

    “During the vinifications, the skin macerations were voluntarily achieved with moderation. Its resuts from this choice a wine of a classical style, preserving fresh fruits. It develops some plum and red cherry scents, ripe black fruits, cedar and tobacco. The palate shows great concentration and a well balanced with the toasted notes.”

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  • 2008

    A nice surprise

    Weather conditions

    The month of July is hot and dry, but never over-hot.
    Cool temperatures and rainfall come back again in August.
    The Bordeaux miracle happens again from September 15th onwards. The hot days speed up thus ripening, drying the bunches. The nights are cool, finishing off the ripening of the poly-phenols. First use of the small tanks introduced earlier this year.

    Picking dates

    From 6th October to 22nd October 2008.

    Blending

    The blending : 72% Cabernet sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Notes of iodine and violets emerging with time. Sensation of freshness and purity of aromas on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, flesh and ripe tannins, well balanced. It improves all the time in the glass but these tannins will take few more years to get integrated.

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  • 2009

    A Mythic Vintage

    Weather conditions

    Surprisingly, 2009 is not a very hot year (nowhere near the heat-wave of 2003), nor is it a very dry one such as 2002 or 2005. However, the arrival of rainfall and warmth corresponded perfectly to the vine’s needs during its growth cycle.
    Very good conditions during the months of August, September and October. The last 10 days of September and the first of October are even the best of the year.

    Picking Dates

    From 28th September to 16th October 2009.

    Blending

    The blend consists of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot.

    Tasting

    Bettane & Desseauve Tastpro – Bordeaux Primeurs 2009

    Lots of aniseed on the nose, very noble, very Saint-Julien, magnificent richness of texture, elegant tannins with cedar and truffles, perfect balance, great wine.
    18.5 / 20

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  • 2010

    Classicism and long ageing potential

    Weather conditions

    An unusual combination of dryness and cold. An outstanding sunshine from May to the end of October. The growth cycle slows down over the last weeks due to the drought which leads us to a late picking. A vintage marked by an outstanding concentration of tannins of extreme fineness.

    Picking dates

    From 29th September to 20th October 2010.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot.

    Tasting

    Deep and intense colour, red and black fruits aromas, toasted and vanilla notes. In the nose, impression of freshness. Attack very firm in mouth and increasing with an exceptional tannic richness. Powerful, smooth and harmonious tannins.

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  • 2011

    Lagrange 2011

    Weather conditions

    An unusual climate with April and May exceptionally hot and dry. June, July and August are more “oceanic” with an alternative of very hot and rainy weather. September is moderate like in the last years.

    Picking dates

    From 15th September to 5th October 2011.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 6% of Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Much more accessible than the 2010 vintage, Lagrange 2011 presents notes of blackcurrant and slightly peppered cherry. The woody notes are perfectly integrated with a dominant mocha and caramel taste. Fleshy in the attack, with an interesting acidity that gives it a tight tannic structure. Long in the finish, it is an approachable wine for the near future but has potential for remarkable aging. (2017-2030).

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  • 2012

    A complex vintage

    Weather conditions

    The total rainfall was not excessive and the temperature were quite average. We might say a normal year : 2012 is close to the great vintage of 2009 and better than the immense 2010. However, the monthly details of temperature and rainfall reveal a complicated year to handle technically.

    Picking dates

    From 8th to October 21rst October 2012.

    Blending

    Contrary to our original expectations, 2012 is clearly marked by the Cabernet Sauvignon.
    The blending is made of : 67% Cabernet Sauvingon, 30% Merlot and 3% of Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Dark red with tangy notes of cassis and black cherry, the nose is very expressive. The palate is silky, smooth, almost creamy. A very harmonious and balanced wine that impresses with the characteristic elegance of the vintage. (2017 – 2030)

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  • 2013

    Mellowness and fineness

    Weather conditions

    The spring is historically cool and wet.  More than 200 mm of rain during May and June.  July is very hot and August dry until the 15th September. A tropical period begins at the end of September like a starter for begin the harvest.

    Picking dates

    From 30th September to 14th October 2013 : the fastest harvest since 1998!

    Blending

    The blending consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, and 4% of Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Ruby in color, the nose is very gourmande. Note the cherry and sour drops, the barrel aging is fully mastered and fits in well with this elegant vintage. The attack is supple and round with a certain tension. The acidity level reinforces the impression of freshness. Very harmonious and well balanced; featuring the elegance found in great Saint Julien wines. (2017 – 2030)

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  • 2014

    Château Lagrange 2014

    Climate

    2014 will be remembered for its Indian summer, leading to over average temperatures and beautiful dry weather : the total rainfall between 16th August and 6th October was a mere 11mm.

    Picking dates

    From 29th September to 13th October.

    The harvest stretched over 23 days, a new record for Lagrange!

    Blending

    We note once again the dominance of Cabernet Sauvignon that accounts for 76% of the blend in 2014, whereas the Merlot only represents 18%. The 6% of Petit Verdot adds intensity and depth to this very “Medoc” blend.

    Tasting

    The Grand Vin boasts suave, powerful tannins with more precision than in the vintages 2006 and 2008, although not as much as the mythical 2009 and 2010. This remarkable vintage can be considered among the property’s greatest success. It will charm you with its elegance, depth and balance. Undoubtedly a vintage to be aged longer than the three previous vintages.

  • 2015

    Château Lagrange 2015

    Weather Conditions

    The dry and mild weather conditions of spring quickly promoted budburst without talking of early-vintage. Blooming and ripening take place in excellent conditions.

    Picking Dates

    From 21th Septembre to 6th October.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 8% of Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Dark purple red with violet hues 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 texture, with a long and fruity finish carried by the bold Cabernet Sauvignon. A powerful and well balanced wine. (2022–2040)

  • 2016

    Classicism and modernity

    Weather conditions

    The rainy spring weather encouraged the budburst although we cannot say this was an early vintage. The flowering took place the driest week of the spring. And 2016 was one of the hottest and driest summers ever.

    Picking dates

    Late and long harvest from the 3rd of October until the 24th of October (21 days).

    Blending

    The blending consists of 70 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 24 % Merlot, 6 % of Petit-Verdot.

    Tasting

    Dark and deep with purple tint. Blackcherry, blackcurrant, liquorice and black pepper on the nose. Full-bodied, freshness with menthol, round, powerful and long finish. Enjoyable already this exceptional 2016 is able to age long time due to its silky tanins.

    Great and well balance 2016 Lagrange: nice harmony with classicism and modernity.

    (2021 – 2045)

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  • Château Lagrange

    In time, the vines planted in 1985 are now providing a choice in plot selection. Conventional tillage and handpicking are jealously maintained. More rigorous each year, the wine is surrounded resources and the most modern aids. Penetrates the grapes in a vat which allows perfect control of fermentations. Livestock cellars are fully air conditioned.
    Efforts now focus on the vine. The experience gained during 30 years of practice brings a mastery of soils and climatic constraints.

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