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1996 Lagrange, St-Julien

SKU #110408 93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1996 Lagrange is a deep, pure and beautifully made vintage for this property. The bouquet is complex and classy, as it offers up a lovely mélange of pure black cherries, a touch of plum pudding, tobacco, fresh herb tones, a lovely base of soil and a touch of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, long and rock solid at the core, with a suave personality, ripe, well-integrated tannins, sound acids and fine grip on the long, palate-staining finish. This will be a terrific Lagrange in due course. 93+ Inner quote mark (5/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the 1996 is even more subdued on the nose than the 1996, with overt cedar and tobacco aromas. But good definition, perhaps with a little more clarity than the 1995. Unfurls reluctantly to reveal more smoky aromas. Surprisingly supple on the entry, good balance with superb ripeness on the mid-palate with dense, ripe black fruits, touches of blueberry and black plum with a touch of citrus orange in the background. The finish is very well defined and focused. Excellent – but it needs time. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2008)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1996 Lagrange has long been my favourite vintage from the 1990s. It was picked from 26 September to 11 October. This is a level up in quality over the previous vintage with far more delineation and complexity: blackberry, wild hedgerow, sandalwood and light dried blood aromas. The palate is fully matured with firm tannin, but sufficient fruit to back it up. This is well balanced with plenty of freshness, tart cherries, allspice and light Moroccan spice notes on the harmonious and persistent finish. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Wonderful aromas of blackberry, light spices and currant follow through to a full-bodied palate, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Still tannic and tight. (JS, Web-2007) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Lagrange is a Third Growth St-Julien estate 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 has been resurrected into the amazing producer it always had potential to be.

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