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2015 Chateau Lagrange, St Julien, Bordeaux, France

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2015 Chateau Lagrange, St Julien, Bordeaux, France

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OVERVIEW

The 2015 Chateau Lagrange is a prime example of how a rejuvenated and aspirational classified growth can produce first growth quality in the very best vintages. This Chateau Lagrange is a well built, muscular wine that's now gradually starting to soften into something truly special and will improve over the coming two decades.

CRITIC REVIEWS

The 2015 Lagrange was picked from 21 September until 12 October. This has improved since its last showing a few months ago. The nose still needs more vigour, but the palate is fleshy and velvety in texture with superb harmony on the finish. It continues to meliorate so afford this young Lagrange another three or four years in bottle. Tasted at the Lagrange vertical at the estate. Drink 2024-2044. 94 Points. Neal Martin (December 2020)

Anyone who thinks that modern Bordeaux has become too soft or easy should taste this seriously tannic yet sleek and vibrant wine. So much drive and energy that the weak of heart should better stand back. Better from 2020 and has a couple of decades of ageing potential. 94 Points. James Suckling (Feb 2018)

The fruit flavours from the first moments are plump, rich, round, and clearly successful, majoring on blackberry and loganberry, if a little soft through the mid palate. Fine tannins, attractive mint leaf finish. The lowest percentage of Merlot to date, this is good quality and will be approachable soon. Overall a great vintage, despite the excellent summer being threatened by a huge September rainstorm where 97mm of rain fell in St Julien (compared to 120mm in St Estèphe and 180mm in the most northerly stretches of the Médoc). It meant that the team at Lagrange brought in 85ha of grapes in 5 days, the quickest time on record (although in total the harvest stretched from September 21 to October 12). 35% of production in the 1st wine, 60% new oak. Eric Boissenot consultant. 93 PointsJane Anson (March 2022)

FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION

Chateau Lagrange is best served with all types of classic meat dishes especially roast leg of lamb and lovingly prepared Sunday Roasts!

VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING

Rated as an outstanding vintage. The dry, mild spring weather encouraged an earlier than usual budburst. The flowering and colour change took place in excellent conditions, around the average dates recorded on the property.

Completely situated in the village of Saint ­Julien, the vineyard of Chateau Lagrange represents 118 hectares in red vines, spread over two hills with the slopes directed towards the North and the South, in one block. The subsoil is of clay and limestone and the topsoil is of pebbles and gravel. The climate is temperate and oceanic.

With 181 hectares of majority Cabernet Sauvignon vines, with a fifth Merlot and a tenth Petit Verdot, the grapes are always handpicked. The wine is matured in barrel for 21 months in 60% new oak.

PRODUCER NOTES

The Château Lagrange vineyards stretch out over two Gunzian gravel slopes and where the high point of the appellation is found. Every plot of vines at Lagrange is now vinified separately, to great expense, to ensure the finest blend. This is one of the many techniques used at Lagrange to improve quality since its recent cash investment.

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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS

The wine should be stored over the longer term at 12c. We recommend this wine be brought up to around 16c for service. This temperature more closely resembles cellar conditions and allows the wine to be lifted and have freshness. For such a young wine, if it were served today we would recommend a few hours in a young wine decanter.

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2015 Chateau Lagrange, St Julien, Bordeaux, France

Wine Card
Wine Producer Château Lagrange
Wine Region Bordeaux
Wine Classification AOC St Julien
Wine Type Red
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vintage 2015
Vintage Quality Extraordinary - Parker
Maturity Drinking Now - Will evolve
Body Mid-Full Bodied
Sweetness Dry
Alcohol % 13.5%
Bottle Type Bordeaux 75cl
Serving Temperature 16-18°C
Food Pairing Roasted Meats, Sunday Roast
Awards 94 Points - Neal Martin
94 Points - James Suckling
93 Points - Jane Anson

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