2000 Lagrange, St-Julien
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An impressive performance by Lagrange, the 2000 possesses a saturated ruby/purple color with obvious notes of melted licorice, creme de cassis, and toasty new oak. This ripe, dense, full-bodied St.-Julien is chewy, thick, high in tannin, large-bodied, and impressively long and dense. As always, it is less expressive than some of its peers, but it is loaded as well as reasonably priced. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030.
*#25 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2003* Itís been years since I have tasted such an impressive young wine from this estate. And itís an excellent value. Beautifully aromatic, with coffee, cedar and blackberries on the nose, itís full-bodied, with fine tannins and a mineral, blackberry aftertaste. Director and winemaker Marcel Ducasse got the most out of his vineyards in 2000. And itís good news for all of us. Extremely well-done. Beautifully aromatic, with coffee, cedar and blackberries on the nose. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a mineral, blackberry aftertaste with medium fine tannins. I haven't had a Lagrange of this quality in years. Best after 2010.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, saturated bright ruby-purple. Brooding aromas of cassis, violet and cedar ('hibernating now,' says Ducasse). Very densely packed but very closed and extremely backward. Nearly painful flavors of black fruits, violet and menthol. Finishes very firm and very long, with powerful tannins supported by the wine's flesh. (92+)
Mid crimson. Attractive scent and development on the nose. Well balanced and well judged - neat - even if not a blockbuster. Quite introvert but confident with great balance. No hurry to drink.
Deep color with toasty oak aromas. Big and tannic on the palate with tons of very ripe currant fruit flavors. Excellent.