A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot, the Lagrange 2010 is a sinewy, muscular offering with aspirations to greatness. Classic and cool, this offers notes of cassis, minerals and cedar on the nose. The palate is strict, focused and linear. There is suave red fruit, wonderful purity and intensity, but there is no fat on this. It is very much in the `86 style and should turn into a real stunner with time.
Lagrange is a 4ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of St Julien.
St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton.
Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.