We were generally very impressed by the balance and harmony of the wines at the St Julien UGC. Few were blockbusters, but they all had ample fruit, a sense of freshness, sympathetic tannins and a sense of cohesion. Lagrange was sadly the one disappointment. Initially floral and herbal, there is a leanness to the fruit; it's just too sinewy and mean and finishes with firm tannins. These wines can come round with time, but in the evidence of this tasting there are far more charming St Juliens to buy.
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.