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Lagrange (St Julien) 2010

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > St Julien
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

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Tasting Notes

The 2010 Lagrange was picked from 29 September to 20 October. This is even better than the 2009 on the nose with beautifully defined brambly red fruit, crushed stone, violet and iris aromas, almost pixelated in detail. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, precise and focused with a silky mouthfeel. This fans out beautifully, certainly one of the more approachable 2010s but a wine full of class and immense breeding. Outstanding - a benchmark for the estate. Tasted at the Lagrange vertical at the estate. Drink 2022-2048.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, December 2020

Loads of tension and form. It can be cellared for decades, but it's balanced and beautiful already. Lots of blueberry, licorice and blackberry character. Try in 2018.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2014

Concentrated bilberry and blackberry fruits, with tannins that remain a little abrupt even at 12 years old. This has plenty of classic St Julien balance, firm tannins and real grip through the palate, but it lacks the generosity of the 2009. Built for ageing. The blend of the 2009 and 2010 is very similar (and from almost identical plots in the vineyard), and yet the two wines are so different in expression. Vintage variation is of course part of the briliance of Bordeaux, but I suggest giving this vintage three to four hours in a carafe before drinking, to really allow those tannins to soften, or cellar for another few years. 49hl/h yield, 60% new oak. Eric Boissenot consultant.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, March 2022

Somewhat of a beast, this monolithic, oaky wine is full-bodied, highly extracted and difficult to evaluate. Some hints of roasted herbs, chocolate, black currant and coffee are present, but the oak dominates, as do the tannins. This wine seems much woodier, and more closed and foreboding than any other St. Julien I tasted. Forget it for 7-8 years and hope for the best.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

Deep garnet in color, the 2010 Lagrange gives up notes of baked blackcurrants, stewed plums and fried herbs with nuances of crushed rocks and balsamic plus a touch of fungi. Full-bodied, the palate has a firm line of grainy tannins and fantastic freshness helping to define the black fruit and earthy flavors, finishing a little lifted. Drink 2020-2033.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Headily perfumed. Sweetly charming on the front palate and then it segues into structured chew. Real vitality here. Very cool and dry on the end - not succulent at this stage!

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

This Chateau is the largest of all the classed growths with 117 hectares of vines (4 of which are planted with white varieties). Top quality Saint Julien has been produced here since the late 1980's when it was bought by the Suntory group of Japan. This quality level is partly achieved by the production of a very good second wine Les Fiefs de Lagrange which in most vintages makes up more than 50% of production. Under the assured direction of Bruno Eynard, quality is higher than ever. Thw 2010 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot with all the Petit Verdot put into the Fiefs de Lagrange second label. Quite hard and backward this year with a strong lead pencil, Cabernet Sauvignon style. Dry, cedary and remiscent of the 1996. This wil need some time to mature and soften but it is a serious Saint Julien with classic weight and structure.

Farr Vintners, April 2011

Notes of singed alder, graphite and charcoal wrap around the core of intense blackberry paste, warm plum sauce and currant preserves. Turns sleek and racy on the well-knit finish despite the notable grip. Best from 2015 through 2030

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2013

The black fruited mix on the nose is rich and the palate is packed with rather chewy fruit. Riper flavours give sweetness on the mid palate a mix of cassis and dark chocolate but towards the back the tannins cut through holding back some of the fruit on the finish.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Fine expression of Cabernet fruit, elegant, less robust than many, but very good texture and depth. Drink 2018-30.

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011
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Lagrange's relatively new winemaking team appears to have backed off the aggressive oak regime and the result is a wine with better overall balance. Still a backward, muscular/masculine style of St.-Julien, it reveals abundant tannin along with a subtle hint of vanillin intermixed with lead pencil shavings, white chocolate, black currant and cassis characteristics. Although less expressive than some of its 2010 peers, it is a big, powerful, rich wine that needs a decade of cellaring. It should last for 30 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at the Union de Grand Cru in London. The Lagrange has a very refined, sophisticated bouquet with blackberry, bay leaf, cedar and sous-bois, all with fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine grippy entry. There is a lot of citrus fruit here, lending the 2010 tension and poise. It remains linear and focused, saving something up for the future. Excellent. Tasted December 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

Tasted at the chateau, the crop was picked between 29th September and 20th October, with much of the crop (the Cabernet) picked between 13th and 19th October. A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, this is a very tightly wound on the nose, the Cabernet Sauvignon imparting a strictness and tautness: blackberry, wild hedgerow, cedar and a touch of graphite. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, a real sense of symmetry here with fine acidity. Very refined tannins and yet there is certainly great structure cloaked beneath that pure blackberry, cassis and cedar-infused fruit. Long in the mouth on the finish that is slightly drier than the 2009 when compared alongside. This is an outstanding Saint Julien from one of its most consistent performers in recent years. Drink 2018- Tasted March 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

Great nose of blueberries, spices and hints of walnuts. Full body, with a lovely finish of well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. This is structured yet all in finesse. Best in years. Try in 2018.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

A wine, with very pretty balance and length already. Full body, with a wonderful core of ripe fruit and a persistent silky finish. Lasts for a long time. Dense

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011
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