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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 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “Like the 1995, this beautiful wine exhibits an intense, healthy red/purple colour. This vintage is marked by an aromatic fruit-dominated nose with a palate of flavours ranging from redcurrant to blueberry to blackcurrant with underlying oak. The ripe fruit softens this wine’s dense structure with smooth tannins on the finish. Pleasurable in its youth, this wine continues to give to reveal its full character. It is, above all, a “charming” wine from the noble terroir of Saint Julien.”

  • 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.

     

    Picking dates

    From 28th September to 5th October 1998.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “A very young wine of a deep, brilliant, ruby red color. A very aromatic nose, where the red fruit is brought out with a slight touch of oak. On the palate, it is a very well-balanced wine without heaviness. It is lively with a supple and round first impression, a smooth evolution and a final harmonious tannin. It is a wine that is easy to drink and has an interesting potential for ageing.”

  • 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 blending consists of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “Lively, intense color, without premature evolution. The nose has a fine, elegant character with aromas of ripe fruit and slightly woody notes. In the mouth, the balance is long and consistent. The aftertaste brings out the purity of the fruit thanks to moderate tannins.”

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

    Tasting

    “Vivid, fresh ruby-purple color, brilliant. The nose is fruity (cherry, red currant) and classic at the same time with a touch of elegant wood. In the mouth, this wine is balanced and easy to drink. Medium- structured with no heaviness, tannins are marked but not excessive in the finish.”

  • 2004

    A Classic and elegant year

    Weather Conditions

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

     

    Picking dates

    From 4th to 19th October 2004.

    Blending

    The blending consists of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “Nice dark ruby colour. The nose is dominated by the aromatic freshness of the “spring fruit” flavours.
    In the palate, the structure becomes homogenous but not heavy. The slightly tannic finish gives it a good length. Ready to drink in 2007. Apogée in 2012.”

  • 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 blending consists of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “An attractive, bright, intense carmine purplish red colour. The nose is finely perfumed with notes of spices, lovely ripe fruits and a hint of well- measured oak. In the palate this wine is quite round and juicy on the attack, filling out to become ample in the mid-palate and finishing on a note of smooth ripe tannins.
    Already a really elegant and attractive wine, but one that will reveal its true personality in a few years from now.”

  • 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 blending consists of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 12% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    “The robe is a deep and intense purply blue, already brillant and clear. The nose is delicate, full of fruit and white flowers, offering notes of chocolate underlined by hints of vanilla. In the palate, this wine is supple yet not simple, juicy and charming without being light and develops in the mid palate and on the finish to give a solid tanic structure with no hints of harshness. Charm is the dominating characteristic in this already plaisant and approachable second wine. Nevertheless it will express its full potential in a few years.”

  • 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 blending consists of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.

    Dégustation

    La Revue du Vin de France : « the good surprises from 2007 vintage », May 2008.
    “The wine has a classical profile, rich and with a very preserved fruity aromas. It reveals a remarkable density and a well structured mid-palate. A seductive wine enhanced by its suave and melted away tannins.”

  • 2008

    A nice surpise

    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 consists of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 14% Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Jancis Robinson :

    Fragrantly leafy. Fresh and quite subtle on the mid palate. Fine, sandy tannins. Dry but fresh finish.

     

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  • 2009

    Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2009

    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.

    From 28th September to 16th October 2009.

    Picking dates

    From 28th September to 16th October 2009.

    Blending

    57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot,  8% Petit Verdot

    Tasting

    Neal Martin erobertparker.com
    “A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot, the nose is perhaps a little more introverted and broody than other Saint Juliens tasted in the morning.
    Blackberry, white flowers moving towards wet limestone.
    The palate is very well balanced with fine back quite sturday tannins, lush plush than other wines, a little more rigid but with excellent focus and poise, with an almost chalk/mineral finish.
    Great clarity and precision here.”

  • 2010

    Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2010

    Weather conditions

    2010 is above all generally cold year, in fact the coldest of the last fifteen years with exceptional conjunction of the elements.
    This year was a late picking again. We started to harvest the Merlot the 29th of September and we finished the vintage on the 17th of October with the cabernet sauvignon.

    Picking dates

    From 29th September to 20th October 2010.

    Blending

    The Fiefs de Lagrange blending is 60% cabernet sauvignon, 31% merlot and 9% petit verdot.

    Tasting

    One of the main criteria in tasting the 2010 vintage is its freshness correlated with a strong tannic structure, which allows the 2010 to enter in line with the vintages of 1990, 1996 and 2000. Spicy notes, black and ripe fruit, vivid at this stage of aging. Perhaps the expression of Petit Verdot, kept this year for the blending of Les Fiefs de Lagrange.

  • 2011

    Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2011

    Weather conditions

    2011 is the hottest and almost the dryest (after 2002) ever recorded. It is also the most unusual, almost the opposit of the normal seasonal pattern.

    Picking Dates

    From 15th September to 5th October 2011.

    Blending

    The Fief de Lagrange has a similar blend to his predecessors, with less Petit Verdot. The final blending of the Fiefs de Lagrange 2011 consist of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 34% Merlot and 6% Petit verdot.

    Tasting

    With a crimson red color, the nose is fruity, cherrys, raspberrys and currants give freshness to this early vintage. The Cabernet Sauvignon elegantly brings the tannic structure that’s needed. Good length for this wine whose vines have an average age of 30 years and over. (2015 – 2025)

  • 2012

    Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2012

    Weather Conditions

    Complex climate characterized by cold in February, dryness spells in March, August and September and by intense rain in April, June and October.

     

    Picking dates

    Very short harvest time : from 8 October to 21 October 2012.

    Blending

    61% of Cabernet Sauvignon 31% of Merlot and 8% of Petit-Verdot

    Tasting

    A beautiful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in this 2012 vintage, fruity notes of cassis, licorice, pepper and mocha. There’s a lot of freshness and roundness in these Fiefs that make the main characteristics of the vintage. With an average age of 32 years old vines, this delicious wine, surprising in its elegance, can be enjoyed now but will amaze you with its aging potential (2015-2027).

  • 2013

    Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2013

    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

    Very short harvest period : from 30 September to the 14 October 2013.

    Blending

    61% of Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% of Merlot, 9% de Petit-Verdot

    Tasting

    The Les Fiefs de Lagrange, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, has plenty of vanillary red fruit on the nose interlaced with blueberry and kirsch. It is simple but has plenty of power. The palate is medium-bodied with refined tannins. There is surprising structure here for a second wine whilst the finish is composed and very focused. This is very commendable for a second wine in this vintage. Tasted March 2014.

     

  • 2014

    Les Fiefs de 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

    Cabernet sauvignon : 52%

    Merlot : 41%

    Petit Verdot : 7%

    Red in color with purple hues, a complex nose, with a rich mouth typical of this great vintage of Fiefs! Cherry, blackcurrant, liquorice and pepper aromas dominate the palate but also with a cool roundness that brings with it a certain elegance. A long finish for this wine of which vines are on average 32 years. (2017 – 2027)

  • 2015

    Les Fiefs de 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

    55% de Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% de Merlot et 4% de Petit Verdot.

    Tasting

    Brilliant nice color with purple hues, black and red fruits
    notes. Fresh on the palate with menthol and spices. Well
    balanced between the acidity and tannic structure
    which show a nice elegance wine. The most complete
    Fiefs de Lagrange since the 2009 vintage. (2018-2030)

  • Les Fiefs de Lagrange

    The second wine of the property was established in 1985 following the acquisition by Suntory group.
    It comes from vines that average 30 years old today and planted on gravelly soils for fine Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for some clay.
    He received the same care as the Grand Vin, with a search for maturity and concentration in the vineyard, a plot vinification and aging adapted to its tannic structure.
    The wine is characterized by round tannins, aromas of red and black fruits on his youth and still shows good potential.

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