2009 Lagrange, St-Julien
Bright and perfumed, with loads of blueberry, flower and licorice on the nose. Full body, with super well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Class. Best wine from here in a long, long time. Try after 2018.
Ripe wine, with soft tannins allied to great density. Weight and lovely, juicy, final fruit flavors meld together easily. This is solid, dense, impressive and for long-term aging.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, licorice, menthol and cedar. Tightly wound, classic and intense, with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals complemented by well-integrated oak. Dense, suave Saint-Julien wine with a very fresh, slightly austere finish. With its solid structure and excellent length, this will require at least five or six years of cellaring. A superb vintage for this property.
This has a solid core of juicy plum, red currant and blackberry fruit that sits in reserve, while mouthwatering briar and toasty spice notes move along the edges. Grippy and focused through the finish, with well-embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tightly knit, oaky and rich, with formidable concentration, but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien, this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length, richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years. (90+)
*½V Super sweet and lush. Lots of well-integrated oak. At UGC: Great oaky aromas and flavors. Sweet, sexy, spicy. From Alex Pross: "Pretty nose, with tons of fruit. This wine smells wonderful and the fruit is omnipresent." From Ralph Sands: "Very pure. High tone raspberry fruit. This is gentle, sweet and elegant." From Jeff Garneau: "Superb presence and mouthfeel. Full-bodied and ripe. Fine tannins." 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot.