Original
65 Ratings
Château Lagrange Saint-Julien 3ème Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

The colour is sumptuous deep carmine with purplish tints. On the nose, this vintage is powerful, complex and concentrated, but not heavy. The ripe fruit aromas, reminiscent of candied fruit, dominate the smoky and vanilla notes of the oak. In the mouth, the attack is full and velvety: the mid-palate is unctuous and fleshy, yet not too thick; the finish shows ripe and powerful tannins with no signs of dryness, prolonging the general harmony of this wine. This is a rare, complete vintage, combining read more...The colour is sumptuous deep carmine with purplish tints. On the nose, this vintage is powerful, complex and concentrated, but not heavy. The ripe fruit aromas, reminiscent of candied fruit, dominate the smoky and vanilla notes of the oak. In the mouth, the attack is full and velvety: the mid-palate is unctuous and fleshy, yet not too thick; the finish shows ripe and powerful tannins with no signs of dryness, prolonging the general harmony of this wine. This is a rare, complete vintage, combining suppleness and strength, concentration and elegance, solidity and harmony. (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 116, September/October 2004. (44% cabernet sauvignon, 43% merlot and 13% petit verdot) Medium ruby-red. Flamboyant aromas of smoky black cherry, beefsteak tomato, roasted herbs, espresso, underbrush and truffle. Smooth and fat, with sweet dark berry flavors and lush texture, if not the normal clarity of Lagrange. Finishes with tongue-coating tannins that arrive late. Just now reaching its peak. A merlot-oriented wine, notes Ducasse, and ultimately less fine-grained than the vintages based more heavily on cabernet. "1995 was considered great at the outset, but we don't find it to be an exceptional year," Ducasse added.