A Millennium Bordeaux without the price tag

Meet Chateau Lagrange – a turn-of-the-millenium left-bank bordeaux that captures the very essence of the renowned 2000 vintage. Saint-Julien, the most compact of the major appellations in the Médoc, borrows an elegant and balanced blend of power and finesse with ripe fruit expressions. If you need an introduction to fine Bordeaux for under $100, pick up a Lagrange in any of the following vintages : ’89,’90, ’00, ’05, ’09, ’10. The older vintages are ready to drink now, and the more recent vintages have the potential to improve with age. If you prefer them young, this particular 2000 vintage is ripe and ready with a gorgeous ruby red color, and multi-layered scents of cherries, vanilla spice, toffee, and oak. The initial taste of red fruit on the palette is rounded by a complex undertone of herbal spice, and a beautiful finish that is long, smooth and mellow. It’s a 3rd growth blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, and usually 7% Petit Verdot, which was left out in this vintage. Overall, this is a bordeaux still in its youth, that is already displaying remarkable character, and shows why bordeaux is the most iconic of the red wines of the world, without adding any French arrogance. – JT

    2000 CHATEAU LAGRANGE St.-Julien


Related scores: WS-93 (#25 of 2003 top 100, “Smart Buy”), RP-93, ST-92
Market Price: $60

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Food: Roasted Lamb and Sautéed Vegetables
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Song: Lemongrass – Bonjour