Lagrange 2018

SubregionSt Julien

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. The red varieties are planted 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Director Matthieu Bordes told us that In 2018 the berries here were the smallest ever seen. The colour is the darkest ever, the alcohol the highest ever at 14.6 degrees. The wine reminds him of a "rounded version of 2010". The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Cs Bts GBP
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Bordeaux2018LagrangeBT30420.00cs92/94 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2018 Lagrange is deep in colour. It has a plush and generous bouquet with blueberry and black cherry fruit, a touch of clove and menthol developing with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and very pure fruit. This has a Burgundy-like allure and though there is some new oak dominating the finish, there is sufficient fruit to support that. This is potentially a very lovely Lagrange, one that I suspect will drink sooner than other recent vintages. (3.53pH, 14.6% alcohol). Drink 2021-2040.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin,, November 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Lagrange opens a little closed and broody, slowly revealing cedar chest, tar, pencil shavings, camphor and fragrant earth scents with a baked plums and warm cassis core plus a hint of yeast extract. Full-bodied and jam-packed with black fruits and earthy accents, it has a solid frame of firm, chunky tannins and just enough freshness, finishing on a persistent mineral note.

Score: 93/95+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

This is a very velvety-textured Lagrange with blackberry and purple-fruit character. Lavender and black-tea undertones. Full body. Long and caressing.

Score: 93/94James Suckling,, April 2019

The 2018 Lagrange is off the charts. Bold, plush and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2018 possesses tremendous richness and textural intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, espresso, mint and licorice build in a racy, sumptuous Lagrange loaded with personality. The 2018 is one of the best recent vintages I have tasted. Tasted two times.

Score: 92/95Antonio Galloni,, May 2019

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot; 50% new oak. Barrel sample.
Black core. Pretty black and red fruit on the nose and an attractive layer of crushed rocks. Even a touch of cassis leaf. Juicy and fresh on the palate, a little bit raw but lots of energy and more freshness than most. (JH) 14.6%
Drink 2026-2035

Score: 16.5Julia Harding MW,, April 2019

Deep ruby, with focused and precise cassis and nutmeg on the nose. The palate is juicy and pure, with blue and black fruits at the core. The tannins are sumptuous and ripe but moutchoating, making for a fleshy and rich finish that will need time to unfurl. The length on the finish suggests very good potential.

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

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