Saint Julien's Grand Cru Classés
Grand Crus Classés from Saint-Julien: Lagrange Vs Talbot
This week, Your Sommelier is taking you to Saint-Julien, one of the most prestigious appellations in Bordeaux, as it counts as many as 11 classified growth Châteaux.
We suggest a little contest between two famous “Cru Classés” in Saint-Julien, together with their second wines: Lagrange and Talbot. Both have an outstanding reputation and belong to our favourites of Saint-Julien. We have chosen the 2011 vintage as it represents, to our mind, a better value for money than the prestigious and expensive 2009 and 2010.Being able to compare two wines from the same appellation and vintage is a great experience that Your Sommelier makes possible today. Lagrange and Talbot have of course similar profiles, but it is interesting to see how elegance and power are balanced in each wine. Really hard to say which one we prefer, so taste them for yourself!
The second wine of Château Lagrange is, by definition, less complex than his older brother - but it does bear a similar profile. A fruity, juicy and subtle Saint-Julien with hints of spices: we find in this bottle the “Lagrange elegance” that we like so much. Fiefs de Lagrange has always been, to our mind, one of the best second wines given its quality...
Château Lagrange 2011 is more about subtlety than power. Nose is elegant with notes of cedar and blackberry. On the palate, wine is delicate with aromas of dark fruit and silky tannins. Finish is long with notes of wood, sweet spices and cocoa. Just entering its drinking window. it is a really nice bottle, complex as it should and very Saint-Julien in...