Chateau Lagrange

Chateau Lagrange 2006


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Château Lagrange, 3eme Grand Cru Classe, Saint Julien, Bordeaux, 2006 

Grapes: 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot from 40 year old vines. Hand picked fruit. Typical Médoc soils of pebbles/gravel over a subsoil of clay/limestone. Fermentation, plot by plot (over 100), in separate, stainless steel tanks. Egg-white fining in barrel. Maturation for 20 months in oak barrels (60% new).

The château was purchased in 1983 by the Japanese, Suntory company and, since 2008, has been moving towards a combination of organic and biodynamic farming. Biodiversity in the vineyard is encouraged with cover crops planted, wild flowers, sheep and bee hives introduced.

Tasting Note: 

The colour is rich and deep with purple red nuances. The nose is dominated by fresh red fruits with no over ripeness and by toasty notes. The fresh fruit, with a zest of citrus, coats the wood and liquorice aromas. In the palate, the entry is well­-structured and ample; the development remains virile, very generous and remarkably powerful ; the very long finish offers sweetness without tannic harshness. It’s a typical vintage of the Médoc marrying concentrated elegance and unctuosity whilst preserving the freshness brought by the great Cabernets.

"Very elegant, very classy, this wine shows, discreetly, its sweet juicy fruit, great ripe blackcurrant flavour and fine tannins. Nothing is overstated; this is for lovers of stylish wines." 92/100 points, Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, January, 2009.

"Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London. I awarded the 2006 Château Lagrange a very high score when I tasted it from barrel. It does nothing to dispel my optismism in bottle after ten years. It has a lively, quite vivacious bouquet with blackberry, briary, cedar and violet scents, almost Margaux-like in style. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine grip in the mouth. The acidity here is well judged, extremely well focused with impressive weight and structure on the finish, backed up by that tobacco-stained fruit. You cannot go wrong with Lagrange in this vintage. Tasted January 2016." 93/100 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2016

Cabernet based Bordeaux will work well with grilled/roast lamb dishes with garlic and rosemary. Also steak, roast beef and vension. It's a real meat feast! Hard, cows' milk cheeses such as the French Mimolette (fruity & nutty with caramel notes), or British Red Leicester & Shropshire Red (hard to beat for both texture and powerful flavour).



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