Having been a place of great agricultural activity since Gallo-Roman times, Lagrange properly came into existence when the Templars joined two estates : the maison noble de Lagrange de Monteil to the West and the Tenure of Pellecalhus (meaning peeled stone) to the East. Lagrange would then become the largest wine producing estate in the Médoc.
Baron de Brane, a Bordeaux parliament member, and owner of Mouton, acquired the property in the 18th century, expanding its renown. In 1790, Jean-Valère Cabarrus, an influential merchant who was very active in the shipping business, invested in the property and established his own sales network. In 1820, Visconti was commissioned to build the Tuscan-style tower that would become the emblem of Château Lagrange.
Lagrange was included in the 1855 classification as a Third Growth. Château Lagrange now stretches over 300 hectares of which 120 are under vine.
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96 Points - James Suckling
"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."
96 Points - The Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Lagrange is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot that is matured in 50% new oak. The yield came in at 46.5 hectoliters per hectare, lower than in 2015. It has a very well defined bouquet with intense black cherry, red plum, touches of cedar and with continued aeration, a hint of blueberry. It certainly is one of the most expressive Lagrange that I have tasted (and I write that having tasted them all back to the early 1980s). The palate is extremely well balanced with tensile tannin, vibrant and animated with blackberry, crème de cassis, a hint of orange zest. This is a great Lagrange, one that almost "zings" around the senses, barely able to contain the energy. A superior Lagrange to the 2015, this may well rank as the finest produced."
95 Points - Wine Spectator
"This has some serious grip along the edges, with graphite and iron notes working together to support the core of cassis, blackberry and açai fruit flavors. The long finish has the pure, fresh character of the vintage."
95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This wine is ripe and balanced. The acidity and blackberry fruit are as much upfront as the tannins, promising a wine that will be finely balanced with time. The wine will age well over the long term, and should be held until 2028."
95 Points - Decanter
"70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Château Lagrange is at 50% grand vin in 2016, which is its highest since the Suntory group became owners in 1983. They say that until now the percentage of Fiefs de Lagrange has always been higher, but in 2016 many plots planted in 1985 reached maturity. Together with the exceptional quality of the vintage and the intra-plot selection, this means more top quality wine destined for the grand vin. There is lovely concentration in this wine, with spicy pepper and cinnamon notes coming to the fore before the blackcurrant takes over on the mid-palate. 2016 was the longest harvest ever, according to technical director Matthieu Bordes, right through to 24th October. No doubt this is a fantastic Lagrange, to be savoured."
93 Points - Vinous/Antonio Galloni
"The 2016 Lagrange (Saint-Julien) is soft, pliant and inviting. A gracious midweight Saint-Julien, the 2016 is impeccably balanced. It is also one of the more sensual, graceful wines readers will taste in this appellation. Soft contours, pliant fruit and silky tannins add to that impression. Sweet tobacco, herbs, crushed flowers and dried cherries are all laced into the expressive finish."