Château Lagrange 2016 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Lagrange sashays out of the glass with notions of candied violets, cassis, underbrush and warm black plums with waves of Black Forest cake, cedar chest and yeast extract scents. Medium to full-bodied, the bags of perfumed black fruits are solidly structured with super ripe, grainy tannins, finishing long and layered.
points on 100
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.
points on 100
Powerful red with a rich and tannic center palate. Full body, lots of depth and a long and chewy finish. Indeed, this shows potential. Much better than the 2015.
points on 100
Dark purple. Quite high apparent volatile acidity. Big and broad but lacks a bit of precision and focus. A tad scrawny on the end. Was everything ripe enough? Dilute finish. The winemaker Matthieu Bordes has since contacted me to assure me that the VA level is low, only 0.31g/l and I will try to re-taste this.
points on 20
Clearly the best and most exciting wine ever produced here, the wine offers a serious depth of flavor, loads of freshness and a soft, elegant, yet, full-bodied and concentrated mouthfilling tasting experience. This will age for decades with ease.
points on 100


A unique estate, an ancient wine vocation

This estate has been a place of life and culture since the Gallo-Roman era: from the Gallo-Roman”VILLA RUSTICA “to the “GRANGIA “of the middle ages. The templars gave an early wine oriented future to Lagrange through the noble house of Lagrange de Monteil and the Pellecalhus Tenant, the hospital and the chapel constructed during the 13th century. We only know the history and the description of the owners from the year 1631 and onwards.

A reputation acquired during the 18th century

The family of Branne, a parliamentarian from Bordeaux and the owner of Mouton, acquired to property and contributed to its influence. During the year 1790 the shipowner and influential negociant, Jean-Valère Cabarrus, invested in the property and built its commercial distribution from scratch. In 1820 he had the Tuscany Tower built by Visconti, which became the emblem of Château Lagrange.

From Jefferson to Dûchatel, the tale of a ranking

During the year 1785, Thomas Jefferson, then Ambassador of the United States in France visited Bordeaux and classified Lagrange second of the 3rd classified Crus. This was due to the efforts Count Dûchatel, owner from 1842 to 1874, invested in the estate. He innovated and created draining process and extended the estate to 280 hectares, of which 120 were vineyards. He was Minister of the Interior under King Louis-Philippe and member of the Academy of Fine Arts. He contributed to the influence of Château Lagrange in Europe.

Lagrange today

The Japanese group Suntory, under the leadership of its president Keizo Saji, acquires the estate in the year 1983. Marcel Ducasse is then recruited alongside Kenji Suzuta to lead the deep restructuring of the vineyards and to start the massive renovation of the estate. The first stage represents the rebirth of Château Lagrange. Having concluded more than twdenty years of work, human and technical investments, Lagrange has finally regained the entire recognition of its peers. Nowadays, Matthieu Bordes and Keiichi Shiina, a new tandem, continue to seek excellence. A second investment phase began during the 2008 vintage, giving Lagrange the means to succeed in its ambitions: to produce classy, elegant and sparkling wines in the Saint-Julien appellation. An evolution of the production methods was made towards a greater respect of the environment and a reduction of the ecological footprint of the property. This philosophy falls within the history of the estate, the promotion od an exceptional terroir and the sharing and a unique experience around the world around its wines.





Entirely located on the Saint-Julien appellation, the one piece vineyard extends on two Graves hillcrests of “Gunziennes” origin, oriented to the North and the South. These gravels are either fine or coarsed along with either sand or ferruginous clay.
With an altitude of 24 meters, the center of the estate is the highest point of Saint-Julien. The property covers 157 hectares in total, 118 of them are vineyards. The majority of the parcels are drained.

The Cellars

The property has invested several million euros in its cellars during the last decade, which now counts as one of its exceptional tools, reaching to the level of this excellent terroir.

Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Lagrange
  • Type of wine
    Third Classified Growth
  • Appellation
  • Superficy
    120 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    30 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2025 and 2046
  • Wine apogee
  • How is it now?
    Too young, should age more
  • Service temperature

The vineyard

This Red wine (Classified Growth) from Saint-Julien is made with a vineyard that has an area of 120 hectares by Château Lagrange. The average age of the vines is 30 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 20 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 60% of new barrels.


The A.O.C Saint-Julien (968 hectares) was formalized in 1936. Located between Pauillac and Margaux both geographically and in style, it is one of the smallest Medoc appellation but the most consistent in quality. 18 active producers including 11 Classified Growths.
The appellation extends over 4.8 kilometers long by 3.2 kilometers wide and offers wines whose tannins have an incomparable finesse. What characterizes Saint-Julien is the terroir and the micro-climate. The terroir is a subtle blend between the contributions of stony alluvium from the Garonne and those from the Dordogne. The contributions therefore from the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. You should know that this agglomeration of rocks slowly broken then spread over the millennia is an exceptional case.