2016 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, Saint-Julien

Stock Description

Packed 6x75cl OWC

Tasting Notes

Neal Martin 90-92/100
The 2016 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, which actually comes from 35-year-old vines nowadays, is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot and matured in 20% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet, especially for a Deuxième Vin, with pure black cherry, crème de cassis and crushed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, quite tensile in the mouth and full of joie de vivre. You cannot really go wrong with Les Fiefs, and I bet it will be a great value once released. Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

James Suckling 93/100
A beautiful St.-Julien that's got everything you expect from this appellation, from the elegant, moderately dry tannins to the ripe red fruit and the lively acidity. Second wine of Château Lagrange. Drink or hold. JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

Vineyard Information

Château Lagrange has been producing wine since the 17th century. The property was classified a third growth in 1855 thanks to the efforts of Count Dûchatel, who owned Lagrange from 1842 to 1874. He built a network of drains and extended the estate to 280 hectares, including 120 of vines. In 1983, the Suntory group, a leading Japanese wine and spirits firm, acquired Lagrange and invested heavily in a huge renovation. Priority was given to the vineyard, followed by refurbishing and modernising the vat room and cellars. The efforts undertaken in the 1980s continue to the present day. A new management team, Matthieu Bordes and Keiichi Shiina have recently taken charge, who, along with technical director Benjamin Vimal are taking Lagrange to ever greater heights of success.

The vineyards are planted 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Vinification of the fruit, which is harvested by hand, employs temperature controlled stainless steel vats before maturation in French oak. Fiefs de Lagrange sees 20% new oak as opposed to 60% for the Grand Vin. Designed for earlier drinking but capable of ageing in the medium term Fiefs offers excellent value from this extremely well run estate.

Colour Red Origin France
Region Bordeaux Claret ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2020 Drink To 2030
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar