2016 Château Lagrange
Château Lagrange, gevestigd in Saint-Julien, is een 3e Grand Cru Classé en één van de grootste huizen uit de classificatie. Zo’n oppervlakte, 118 hectare wijngaard, gaat meestal niet hand in hand met kwaliteit, maar daarin blijkt Château Lagrange een uitzondering. Veel daarvan is te danken aan het uitzonderlijke terroir en de vele investeringen van de huidige eigenaar, het Japanse Suntory, in de wijngaard en wijnmakerij.
“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, crème 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.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The best wine from this château in many years! A huge, dramatic, blackcurrant and wild-blackberry nose and the first impression on the palate is every bit as intense. Nice acidity lifts this massive structure and keeps the imposing finish so fresh. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling
“Tasted blind. Dark blackish crimson. Light toasty nose. Appealing rather than really grand and intense. No one could object to this charmer.” – Jancis Robinson
“A textbook St.-Julien, with a fleshy yet focused beam of plum, blueberry and cassis flavors striding through, while warmed anise, sweet tobacco and iron notes play backup through the finish. Mouthwatering grip will allow this to cellar nicely. Best from 2024 through 2038. 20,833 cases made.” – Wine Spectator
“Surprisingly light for the vintage, this is an attractive, black-currant-flavored wine. It is open, with tannins integrate easily into the fruitiness. All this suggests the wine will age relatively quickly, so drink from 2024.” – Wine Enthusiast