1993 Lagrange, St Julien

SKU #110149 89 points Wine Spectator

 A very good St.-Julien from this consistent property, really caressing your palate in velvety tannins. Medium body and pretty berry, vanilla, toasted oak character.  (1/1996)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A very good effort in this vintage (which produced a surprising number of good wines considering the difficult conditions), the 1993's dark ruby/purple color is accompanied by Lagrange's lavishly wooded, spicy, powerfully extracted, sweet, jammy, blackcurrant-scented bouquet and flavors. This surprisingly dense, concentrated, medium-bodied wine possesses some tannin in the finish, but to the credit of this estate's winemaking, the tannin is unobtrusive. While it serves its structural purpose, it does not contain any astringency or bitterness. The 1993 Lagrange can be drunk now or cellared for 10+ years. It is a very good wine for the vintage.  (2/1997)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby. Complex, inviting nose combines blackcurrant, licorice, espresso, cedar, smoke and pepper, plus a slight leafiness that Ducasse says is now disappearing.  (9/2004)

K&L Notes

Chateau Lagrange is a 3rd Growth St. Julien owned by the Suntory group and comprising of 270 acres situated next to Gruaud Larose. The estate went through major improvements and huge investments through the 80s 90s and 2000s and now shows the amazing resurrection of the estate into the producer it always had potential to be.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux