Source: Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Mar 2017 (RP-92)
The 2014 Lagrange has indeed pulled its socks up, as I opined when I tasted the wine from barrel. Now in bottle, it has a conservative, tertiary nose with introverted black fruit mixed with cedar and sandalwood aromas. It feels tight at the moment but there is satisfying focus here. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin on the entry, though the Merlot component becomes more prominent towards the finish and offers a lovely fleshy, poised finish with a dab of black pepper on the aftertaste. Modest but stylish Lagrange, which is exactly what you expect.
Drink Date: 2020 – 2045
Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 (JS-93)
This is a classic St.-Julien with red fruit and delicate herbs on the nose. The oak is quite discreet both there and on the mid-weight body. Then the serious but rather elegant dry tannins come through on the long finish. Drink in 2022.
Early bud burst due to a mild winter, then few episodes of rains during the summer, despite a sunny last fortnight of July. A miraculous Indian summer from September to October. Bringing with it a hot and dry period with only 7mm of rain over 40 days.
The color is dark with purple hues. Intense fruity aromas such as black cherry, blackcurrant and raspberry mingle with fine woody notes. Very delicate and elegant, the attack is supple and fleshy with a long finish carried by the bold Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine that is complete, complex and harmonious