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.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2014|
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.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013|
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.
|Score: 89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
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.
|Score: 89/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
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.
|Score: 92/94||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.
|Score: 95||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
|Score: 94/95||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011|
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!
|Score: 16.5+||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.
|Score: 15.5+||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
|Score: 92||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.
|Score: 89/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 91||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.
|Score: 17||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|