Château Lagrange has long been one of the smart buys in St Julien. Massive investment since its purchase by the Suntory Group in 1983 continues to pay dividends; this is now one of St Julien’s stars yet remains affordable.
2019 Lagrange is a candidate for the best wine ever produced at the estate. Neal Martin writes “Mathieu Bordes has crafted the best Lagrange in recent years, a benchmark for the estate”; William Kelley of The Wine Advocate concurs with “this is the finest wine this château has produced in the modern era”. Both score the wine 95 points. Jane Anson rates it 96 points, describing it as "an exceptional wine".
More remarkable is the price. At £370 per dozen in bond it is not only just £1 per dozen above its release price, it is the least expensive vintage of Lagrange on our list, coming in at £50 less than 2018 & 2020 and £90 less than the 2016.
This has to be one of the best Bordeaux buys of the moment: outstanding wine, brilliant vintage and a very sharp price.
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The 2019 Lagrange, which was picked over the longest period ever, has a compelling bouquet of beautifully defined black fruit laced with cedar and light graphite notes. The palate is smooth, fresh and vibrant, with great depth, perfectly judged acidity and a brilliantly focused finish. Winemaker Mathieu Bordes has crafted the best Lagrange in recent years, a benchmark for the estate. 2025 - 2055
The 2019 Lagrange has turned out beautifully in bottle, wafting from the glass with aromas of cherries, blackberries and cassis mingled with hints of loamy soil, pencil shavings and bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with an ample core of lively fruit, powdery tannins and succulent acids, it's suave and seamless, concluding with a long, expansive finish. The result of an extremely rigorous selection, and incorporating fully 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is the finest wine this château has produced in the modern era. Remarkably, it was released at the same price en primeur as the 2005! Drink Date 2025 - 2055
The 2019 is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot, the highest ever proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 30% of the harvest went into the Grand Vin this year, the lowest proportion to date. Deep purple in colour with a sweet, seductive nose of blackberry, cassis and summer pudding. Fine, intense vanilla and cedar come through together with the fruit. Full bodied with a mouthcoating structure of ripe tannins, this is powerful and dense. The rich texture is matched by ripe cassis and damson at the core. Muscular and built to last, the fruit power drives to the finish with real energy. Powerful but well managed to make a superb wine in this vintage.
Inky, glass-staining in colour, this is richly textured and intense, easily rivalling the best ever vintages at the property. Filled with creamy damson and cassis fruit, with a sense of precision and restraint to the frame, held in by fine but plentiful tannins. 30% 1st wine, highest ever Cabenet Sauvignon, 50% new oak for ageing. An exceptional wine, marking 125 years since the founding of Suntory in Japan. Eric Boissenot consultant.