Dominik Mueller

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2013 Château Lagrange

Tasting note

2013 Château Lagrange

We brought this wine with us from Sylt. In fact, the wonderful people at Web Christel were so kind to sell this half bottle of 2013 Château Lagrange to us at a take-away price. Now back from our holidays, we thought it’s the perfect time to enjoy this “souvenir” with some canapés before settling back into everyday work life.

A cuvée of three quarters Cabernet Sauvignon, one fifth Merlot and some Petit Verdot. Purple, still youthful colour. The bouquet is flattering, with soft and creamy notes of vanilla, wood spice, cherries, and some pencil and mint. I would most likely speak of “elegance” here. On the palate, this trait continues: a seductive cherry fruit with fresh acidity and dark chocolate. After Eight with Amarena cherries. The tertiary notes are not yet in the foreground, which is perhaps a good thing, because the fruit is not bombastically dominant and could otherwise get lost.

The 2013 wine year was, as we know, a difficult one in the Médoc. Nevertheless, I would not completely disregard these wines. They can certainly be drunk younger than the red wines from warmer and drier years. This is also the case with this Ch. Lagrange, whose optimal drinking window I estimate to be 2018 to 2028. So it’s right in there now! What the 2013 from Lagrange may lack in power, it makes up for with elegant understatement.

Drink through 2028.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Monday, 26 June 2023.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
12Wines with a DM9 to DM12 rating are very good wines, above average even in the world of fine wine. That means these wines have been produced really well. They are pure, balanced, and have no flaw whatsoever. They begin to show complexity. Moreover, these wines have their own character and transport typicity and terroir.
/ 20 ("very good")
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of personality and complexity.
/ 5

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Wine details

Vintage: 2013
Colour:red
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:yes
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château Lagrange
Country:France
Region:Bordeaux
Subregion:Médoc
Appellation: Saint-Julien AOC
Vineyard: n/a
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