St. Julien red wine
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This dark ruby-colored, elegant, attractive effort offers spicy new oak, medium body, excellent concentration as well as depth, surprising softness, and early appeal. As with many Medocs, Lagrange's tannins are much friendlier since bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015.
Robert Parker 88
(65% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot and 7% petit verdot) Bright, deep ruby. Fresh, fruit-driven aromas of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and licorice. Juicy, clean and tightly wound, with lovely inner-palate energy. Cabernet-dominated flavors of black fruits, licorice, cedar and herbs. Finishes with fine-grained cabernet tannins. Built for the long haul, and likely to be at its best between 2010 and 2020. A possible sleeper: I would not be surprised if this youthfully firm wine ultimately merits a 90+ rating. Ducasse describes this wine as "a riper version of the 1988, more modern and less green. " -- Stephen Tanzer 89+ Vinous