2008 Lagrange

93
JG
Product ID
2008-lagrange

Wine Critic Reviews for 2008 Lagrange

(Château Lagrange) The 2008 Lagrange is a really strong example of the vintage. The bouquet is deep, complex, black fruity and quite classy, as it jumps from the glass in a pure blend of cassis, black cherries, cigar smoke, a lovely and complex base of soil and a fine framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish, suave and intensely flavored, with a fine core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, reserved and soil-driven finish. With each passing year, as the replanted sections of the vineyard gain in age, Lagrange gets better and better. It is now clearly one of my favorite, traditionalists on the Left Bank and the 2008 is an excellent vintage for this estate. (Drink between 2018-2045).

John Gilman | 93 JG
The 2008 Lagrange was picked from 6 to 22 October. It has an intense bouquet with blackberry, bilberry and damp earth aromas that are nicely delineated. The palate is detailed and less stocky than I noticed on a bottle a couple of years ago, perhaps finally managing to muster the grace and elegance that I was looking for. The tannins feel fine and there is impressive precision on the tobacco-infused finish. Excellent. Tasted at the Lagrange vertical at the estate.

Vinous Media | 92 VM
The fruit here has a grilled and spicy kick to it, an elegant and almost brooding expression which is just starting to loosen up, but it doesn't escape the slight rusticity of the tannins in this vintage. Yet again, it's on the length (or lack of it) that this vintage shows itself most clearly. Decant. Drinking Window 2018 - 2030.

Decanter | 91 DEC
A little severe at first, not letting the fruit show through the tannins. However, the black currant fruit is there, and it's possible to discern that it will become delcious and for medium-term aging.

Wine Enthusiast | 91 WE
This dense red exhibits a tangy damson plum note that leads the way for iron and lilting black tea flavors, all followed by darker charcoal and fig character. There's a nice ying-yang of velvet and iron on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 25,000 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS

More Information
Vintage 2008
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Lagrange: While Chateau Lagrange has seen more than its fair share of ownership changes and various problems, it currently sits as one of the most promising Third Growths in Bordeaux, if not all of France. If you have the patience necessary to wait about a decade before uncorking, their full-bodied wines will reward you with exceptional flavor intensity, concentration, and textural intricacy. The flavors come in waves and layers, and you could spend a lot of free time trying to decipher all the subtleties. The aging potential of Chateau Lagrange's wines makes them very collector-friendly, as long as your budget can withstand the purchase. Let yourself get lost in the wine's many layers, and come out changed forever, or create a beautiful memory for your friends and loved ones.
Rating 93 JG
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
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Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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