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.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (May 2021)Score: 94-96/100
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.
Jeb Dunnuck (May 2021)Score: 94-96/100
The 2020 Lagrange has a sensual, beautifully defined bouquet of mineral-infused black fruit, briar, touches of wild mint and crushed stone, conveying wonderful energy and precision. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, tensile and focused, delivering plenty of energy and an almost steely but persistent finish. This is a classy Lagrange from winemaker Matthieu Bordes and his team. I always feel this Saint-Julien is underrated, but it will challenge the best 2020s from the appellation.
Neal Martin, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 93-95/100
A perky, bright and enjoyable Lagrange, showing some angularity and austerity to the tannins but at the same time it is bright with clarity of direction, firm and concentrated fruits and juicy on the finish. A little subdued, but this is a quality Lagrange with extremely carefully placed fine tannins and fruit - it shows the essence of St-Julien balance, and one that will not need the full 10 years to come around. 50% less volume than usual. Tasted twice.
Jane Anson, Decanter (May 2021)Score: 93/100Drink 2027-2042
The 2020 Lagrange (Saint-Julien) is bright, punchy and wonderfully energetic. Red-toned fruit, sweet spice, cedar and pipe tobacco are all beautifully delineated in this mid-weight, vibrant Saint-Julien. I very much like the depth and tension in this barrel sample.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous (May 2021)Score: 91-94/100
Blackberry and currant with light graphite undertones. It's medium-bodied with fine, creamy tannins and a flavorful finish.
James Suckling (April 2021)Score: 93-94/100
Full bottle 1,360 g. Cask sample taken 2 April. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, aged for 21 months in barrels of which 60% were new. Bright, deep crimson. Nose a little smudgy with a hint of acidity and then sweetness. Tannins notably well masked. Very dry, even austere, uncompromising finish.
Jancis Robinson MW (April 2021)Score: 16/20Drink 2028-2043
This is scented and rich, with more delicate florals overlaying dried fruit aromas and fleshy, ripe red berry and blackcurrant fruit. Fresh and full, this is moreish, rich and full with a wave of vibrant blue/purple fruit on the palate. It feels plummy yet fresh, vibrant and lifted; the fruit here isn’t as crunchy as elsewhere, but sits at the perfect level of ripeness. The finish is savoury and long.
FINE+RARE (April 2021)