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.


92Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM92 rating tend to be at the upper end of a 3.0 WSET score.
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3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
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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 quality.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2013
Style:still (dry)
Grape variety:Cabernet Sauvignon
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Château Lagrange
Appellation:Saint-Julien AOC
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