Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

2003 Chateau Lagrange – Bottle Notes

Chateau Lagrange is a third-growth St-Julien owned by the Suntory group since 1983. The 270 acre estate is situated next to Gruaud Larose. The winery went through major improvements and huge investments in the decades that followed the purchase by Suntory. The vineyard is planted to 67% Cabernet Sauvignon , 27% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot . Over the years, the vineyard has continued to increase their percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the average age of the vines is more than 35 years of age.

The wine was decanted for 1 hour.

Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red and black fruits, leather and cigar box. Plush and full bodied. Fruit forward with light, silky tannins. Currants, cassis, black licorice, plums and earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Perhaps a little atypical due to the vintage but absolutely delicious Bordeaux nonetheless. I suspect this will drink well to twenty years of age.

My rating: 93 points.

Lagrange is a great value year in and year out. The 2016 is an amazing buy for $60 or so.

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