2016 Château Lagrange, Cru Classé St-Julien

2016 Château Lagrange, Cru Classé St-Julien

The 2016 Lagrange really punches above its weight, with a rich, layered palate of blackberry, blueberry, violets, blackcurrant. The balance is excellent with an appetising crunch of bright acidity and supple tannins. There's more spicy, mineral notes building to a refreshing finish. Precise and fine.

Critic score
95.25/100 info

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Wine details

  • Region & country
    Saint-Julien, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Cabernet Sauvignon
    24% Merlot
    6% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Ready 2023 - 2050info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

Dark purple. Quite high apparent 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. The winemaker Matthieu Bordes has since contacted me to assure me that the VA level is low, only 0.31g/l and I will try to re-taste this.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (June 2017)

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.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (May 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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2017)

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