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Château Lagrange - Saint-Julien

Château Lagrange


 Type: Red Wine
Brand: Château Lagrange
Country: France
Region: Pomorol
Size: 750ml
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol Content: 13.4% by volume
Maturation: 21 months in French oak - 60% new barrels
What's in the Bottle: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Production: 22,500 Cases

History:

The vast vineyard of Lagrange spreads over 117 uninterrupted hectares in the SaintJulien-appellation. In 1855, its passionate and visionary owner, the Count Duchâtel, ex-Home Secretary to King Louis-Philippe, who had introduced a drainage system in the vineyard, contributed to its classification as a third growth. The beginning of the 20th century was much less glorious as the economic conditions deteriorated. Despite several changes in ownership, the decline in business meant the estate had to be broken up: from 280 hectares in1840, the domain had been reduced to 57 hectares by December 1983, when the Japanese group Suntory bought it from the Cendoya family, owners since 1925. By dint of more than twenty years of major efforts and investments, Château Lagrange is universally acknowledged as being back in excellent form after this restructuration which is considered as the most spectacular of the Medoc. In May 2007, Bruno Eycard succeded to Marcel Ducasse (1984-2007) as Director of Château Lagrange. In 2008 was realised a new refurbishing of the vinification room. In 2009, Château Lagrange innovated with the optical sortout of the berries in order to face the great volume of berries to sort out in this big estate. The great care taken to the vineyard (yield control, harvest by hand) and the vinification plot by plot give birth each year to a rich and elegant wine, with a long ageing potential.

Vintage:

2010 is above all generally cold year, in fact the coldest of the last fifteen years with a winter that was particularly harsh and long. Summer brought no water resulting in a tannic richness rarely atteined in the Médoc. This year was a late picking again, just like 2008 and 2009. We started to harvest the Merlot the 29th of September and we finished the vintage on the 17th of October with the cabernet sauvignon. Château Lagrange 2010 is once again very marked by the cabernet sauvignon : 75% bringing power and finesse. Merlot : 25% and no petit verdots again this year.

Vineyards:

Located entirely within the appellation of Saint-Julien, our vineyard stretches in a single block over two North-South rises of Gunzian gravelly soil. In parts large and coarse and in others finer, this gravel is combined with sand or iron-rich clay depending on the plots. With an altitude of 24 metres, the centre of the domain marks the highest point of Saint-Julien. The estate covers 157 hectares (390 acres), of which 115 hectares (284 acres) are under vine. Most of the plots benefit from a drainage system. The red grape varieties planted are those that typically thrive on the Médoc terroir, with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. The Cabernet Sauvignon contributes structure and ageing potential, the Merlot roundness and body, and the Petit Verdot fruit and complexity.



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