Château Lagrange 2016 (Case 12x75cl)

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En Primeur 2016 - Available for delivery Spring / Summer 2019

95 Points - Decanter
Jane Anson - 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Château Lagrange is at 50% grand vin in 2016, which is its highest since the Suntory group became owners in 1983. They say that until now the percentage of Fiefs de Lagrange has always been higher, but in 2016 many plots planted in 1985 reached maturity. Together with the exceptional quality of the vintage and the intra-plot selection, this means more top quality wine destined for the grand vin. There is lovely concentration in this wine, with spicy pepper and cinnamon notes coming to the fore before the blackcurrant takes over on the mid-palate. 2016 was the longest harvest ever, according to technical director Matthieu Bordes, right through to 24th October. No doubt this is a fantastic Lagrange, to be savoured.

95-96 Points - James Suckling

Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015.

94-96 Points - Neal Martin

The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced.

Producer

Château Lagrange is situated in the Saint-Julien appellation of Bordeaux and was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus (Third Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Since 1983, Château Lagrange has been owned by the Japanese liquor giant, Suntory. The company purchased the château for $6.4million from the Cendoya family, who had owned it for almost 60 years. Soon after the purchase, Suntory started a huge regeneration project, both in the vineyards and with the wine making facilities. Many people say the success of the Château is not only due to the money put into the Château, but also because Suntory hired two top French oenologists Émile Peynaud and one of his former students, Marcel Ducasse to run and manage the estate. The name Lagrange comes from the name of the château during the Middle Ages which was the Noble House of Lagrange Montei. With 300 acres of vines grown, Château Lagrange is the largest of the classified growths. Bruno Eynard runs the estate today taking over this role from Marcel Ducasse. The vineyards are planted predominately with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and with 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Château Lagrange also has a small vineyard of 9.8 acres planted with white varieties (53% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Semillon, and 11% Muscadelle).

Château Lagrange, Saint Julien, France

Region

Bordeaux is not only the most famous wine producing region in France but in the world, with the most prestigious châteaux and wines in the industry. Its history dates back to the Roman times and today is the largest producing region of fine wines. Vineyards in Bordeaux are known by châteaux and therefore the name of each individual château is an important brand. 

Many top wines are sold ‘En Primeur’ meaning that they are sold in the barrel prior to bottling. Almost 90% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red (called ‘Claret’ in the UK) from over 8,500 producers. The main reason for the success of the wine production in Bordeaux is the perfect combination of climate, with long hours of sunshine ideal for ripening the grapes and well-draining gravel soil. Appellations are an important part of the Bordeaux culture and the region has 54 appellations recognized by the AOC, the Appellation d’Origine Controlle.

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