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1990 Lagrange, St-Julien

SKU #950452 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS) Inner quote mark (8/2000)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 1990 Lagrange is a terrific wine, and clearly one of the top vintages to be produced at the estate since Suntory purchased it in 1983. The bouquet today is deep and beautiful, as it offers up a mélange of very pure black cherry fruit, cigar ash, woodsmoke, a fine base of soil, espresso and a deft framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and very pure, with great refinement to its balance and focus, very classic structure, fine-grained, ripe tannins and excellent length and grip on the complex and elegant finish. A superb wine that only needs a few more years to really reach its apogee, but which should offer up a very long plateau of maturity. Fine juice. Inner quote mark (7/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (10/2004)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark First bottle: not 100% clean. Medium depth, glowing crimson. Very rich and sweet and fleshy. Very rich and almost right bank in its appeal. A hint of decay. Still lots of pleasure though. Second bottle: more opulent on the nose. Very clean and fresh and much more youthful than the first bottle. Hint of malty chocolate. Very sweet and rich, though with lots of development ahead. Younger than many 1990s. Great stuff. 18+/20 Inner quote mark (2/2010)

K&L Notes

Château Lagrange is a third-growth property in St-Julien comprising 270 acres 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.

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