Chateau Lagrange Saint Julien 2016
The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crme de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost zings around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced.
Having been a place of great agricultural activity since Gallo-Roman times, Lagrange properly came into existence when the Templars joined two estates : the maison noble de Lagrange de Monteil to the West and the Tenure of Pellecalhus (meaning peeled stone) to the East. Lagrange would then become the largest wine producing estate in the Médoc.
Baron de Brane, a Bordeaux parliament member, and owner of Mouton, acquired the property in the 18th century, expanding its renown. In 1790, Jean-Valère Cabarrus, an influential merchant who was very active in the shipping business, invested in the property and established his own sales network. In 1820, Visconti was commissioned to build the Tuscan-style tower that would become the emblem of Château Lagrange.
Lagrange was included in the 1855 classification as a Third Growth. Château Lagrange now stretches over 300 hectares of which 120 are under vine.