In a nutshell: A rich and concentrated, traditional Saint-Julien from a distinguished 3ème Cru Classé estate.
The lowdown: Château Lagrange has been back at the top table of Saint-Julien estates for a number of years now and their wines are ever dependable and reliable. The 2008 is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and a little Petit Verdot. It's medium-full bodied with a restrained, elegant and effortless power. The vibrant fruit gives flavours of ripe dark berries, cassis and cedar with subtle hints of vanilla and white chocolate. The bold tannins are fine grained and ripe and sit well with the well judged oak. In all there's a well balanced richness which runs through to the long, lingering finish.
When to drink: Now fully mature and on tip-top form it's sublime drinking and, well cellared, will stay like that until the mid 2020s.
Lagrange is a 3ème Cru Classé in the Left Bank appellation of Saint-Julien. Established at the end of the eighteenth century and with good management in place it soon became a leading Bordeaux estate. However the 20th century saw its fortunes suffer until 1983 when, after being purchased by Japan's Suntory drinks group, significant investment in the vineyard and cellars has seen it return to its former pre-eminence.
One of the larger Médoc estates it has 115 hectares of vines, two thirds being Cabernet Sauvignon, about 305 Merlot along with a liittle Petit Verdot. The also have a huge cellar and a state of the art winery which is the envy of its peers. Since 2014 operations have been under the control of Mattieu Bordes.