Château Lagrange 2020 - A.O.C Saint-Julien
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Deep purple-black in color, the 2020 Lagrange leaps from the glass with vibrant notes of redcurrant jelly, ripe blackcurrants and minted blackberries, followed by nuances of dark chocolate, star anise and mossy tree bark. The medium-bodied palate is both super intense and super elegant, featuring exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness to frame the bright, crunchy black and red fruits, finishing long and mineral laced.
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This wine, with its red plum and spice flavors has an initial smoothness that is belied by the wine's dry, firm core. Its dark tannins are there to ensure a fine future.
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Very sleek, with a racy iron edge driving through in lockstep with cassis and cherry coulis flavors. Reveals a subtle black tea accent on the finish, with the minerality eventually holding center stage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2024 through 2036. 11,200 cases made, 1,100 cases imported.
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A wine that excels in the appellation, the 2020 Château Lagrange has a slightly modern vibe, with plenty of oak, yet still brings classic Bordeaux tobacco, lead pencil, and earthy minerality as well as pure cassis fruits. Medium to full-bodied, balanced, and just about seamless, it’s going to require 5-6 years of bottle age but should cruise for 20-25 years in cold cellars.
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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
    35 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    60% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2028 and 2050
  • 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 35 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.