The Château Lagrange 1996 is a classic Bordeaux as well as a textbook St -Julien, this dense, powerful yet elegant 1996 is broodingly backward, but it does reveal considerable promise. The dark purple color is accompanied by a nose that reluctanctly offers up aromas of sweet toasty oak, cassis, cedar, and minerals. The wine possesses full body and outstanding concentration, as well as an overall sense of elegance and equilibrium. Backward but not agressively tannic, the 1996 Lagrange should continue to flesh out and merit an outstanding rating.
This impeccably run, Japanese-owned property has fashioned a superb 1996. Opaque purple-colored, with a backward yet promising nose of classically pure cassis intermixed with pain grille and spice, this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet stylish wine possesses superb purity, a nicely-layered feel in the mouth, and plenty of structure. It will not be an early-drinking St.-Julien, but one to lay away and enjoy over the next 2-3 decades.