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June 2017

Bordeaux Primeurs 2016 – Neal Martin – www.robertparker.cm


A-team effort. Consistent high quality wines that affirms Saint Julien’s reputation as one of the most reliable communes.

  • Lower alcohol levels than in 2015 and more precision.
  • Good yields, mostly between 45-50 hectoliters per hectare.
  • Most memorable Saint Julien in 2016: Beychevelle.
  • Best potential value-for-money: Clos du Marquis, Lagrange, Saint-Pierre.
  • Château Lagrange is such a dependable property. Maybe like Léoville Barton, it has never made what you might call a “superstar” wine and I cannot envisage it happening. That is no crime. Isn’t consistency something to be praised when it is at such a high level? I often think that the size of the property and the reasonable prices of its wine counts against Lagrange, but truth is that if you plonk a bottle of Lagrange in the middle of a dinner table, its contents will be imbibed quicker than many a more aggrandizing château. It is yet another fantastic Saint- Julien that really does not have a weak link this year and whilst it will not set investors’ pulse racing, it will for oenophiles.


  • The Wine:  Château Lagrange 2016

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.