1990 Lagrange, St-Julien
Shows beautiful age and character now after all this time in the bottle. Notes of earth, spice and ripe berries. Full and juicy, with round tannins.
Blockbuster. Dark ruby color. Intense aromas of blackberries, currants, cherries and minerals. Full-bodied, very tannic yet velvety in texture. Black licorice and berry character lasts for minutes. Long, chewy finish. A monster. Best after 2010. (JS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of this estate’s superstars (only rivaled by the 1986 and 1996), the 1990 Lagrange exhibits sweet toasty oak notes intermixed with jammy blackberries, cassis, licorice, smoke, and underbrush. Full-bodied with lovely melted tannins, an opulent, fleshy mouthfeel, and loads of purity as well as depth, it has reached full maturity, but is capable of lasting another 10-15 years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good deep, full ruby. Explosive, rather wild aromas of dark fruits, leather, animal fur and chocolate. Fat, lush and silky, with a seamless texture and a deep sweetness. This offers terrific volume and finishes very smooth and very long, with utterly suave tannins, notes of leather and game, and a suggestion of surmaturite According to Ducasse, 1990 witnessed cooler September nights than '89 and thus offered 'better conditions for producing great wine.' A superb showing. (ST)
Chateau Lagrange is a 3rd Growth St. Julien owned by the Suntory group and comprises 270 acres situated next to Gruaud Larose. The estate went through major improvements and huge investments through the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, and was restored to its full potential as a top St. Julien producer.