Lagrange (St Julien) 2016

St Julien, Third Growth

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Tasting Notes

The 2016 Lagrange has a tightly knit, focused bouquet of intense blackberry, briar and cedar aromas. This is impressive, and it gains intensity with aeration. The medium-bodied palate delivers grainy tannin, a fine bead of acidity and a vivacious, spicy, almost peppery finish. One of the most powerful Lagrange that I have tasted. A Saint-Julien that is consistently underrated, this 2016 will give a great deal of pleasure over the next 30-plus years.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Vinous.com Maturity: 2023-2056 01 January 2019

The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2025-2060 28 April 2017

The 2016 Lagrange (Saint-Julien) is super-expressive today. Soft and supple, the 2016 is quite open, even in the early going. Sweet tobacco, menthol, dried herbs and licorice appear with time in the glass, adding lovely shades of nuance. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. Lagrange is not especially complex, but it is absolutely delicious and will be impossible to resist upon release. A touch of blood orange, mint and red berry fruit adds freshness on the finish.

Score: 93

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Maturity: 2019-2031 01 January 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lagrange sashays out of the glass with notions of candied violets, cassis, underbrush and warm black plums with waves of Black Forest cake, cedar chest and yeast extract scents. Medium to full-bodied, the bags of perfumed black fruits are solidly structured with super ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and layered.

Score: 95

Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2021-2045 30 November 2018

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Château Lagrange is at 50% grand vin in 2016, which is its highest since the Suntory group became owners in 1983. They say that until now the percentage of Fiefs de Lagrange has always been higher, but in 2016 many plots planted in 1985 reached maturity. Together with the exceptional quality of the vintage and the intra-plot selection, this means more top quality wine destined for the grand vin. There is lovely concentration in this wine, with spicy pepper and cinammon notes coming to the fore before the blackcurrant takes over on the mid-palate. 2016 was the longest harvest ever, according to techincal director Matthieu Bordes, right through to 24th October. No doubt this is a fantastic Lagrange, to be savoured.

Score: 95

Decanter Maturity: 2027-2050 20 April 2017

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24& Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, aged for 20 months in 60% new oak. An impressive Lagrange with intense juicy blackberry character. Good depth, supple with bright acidity. Very good St Julien.

Score: 92 - 94

Albany Vintners 19 April 2017

Dark purple. Quite high volatile acidity. Big and broad but lacks a bit of precision and focus. A tad scrawny on the end. Was everything ripe enough? Dilute finish.

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2038 18 April 2017

This has some serious grip along the edges, with graphite and iron notes working together to support the core of cassis, blackberry and açai fruit flavors. The long finish has the pure, fresh character of the vintage.

Score: 92 - 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 10 April 2017

Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 24 March 2017