2007 Ch Lagrange

I told you earlier that the vintage 2007 in Bordeaux generally does not appear to be that good, but of course there are exceptions. As is sometimes claimed: good wine makers always make good wine, regardless of the particulars of the given vintage. Well, there is at least some truth in that saying. However, looking at the disastrous vintage of 2002 in Italy, parts of Spain, Portugal and the Rhône, not even the top producers manage to parry the cool weather. For instance, most Barolo grapes were declassified into the simpler Langhe appellation.

Left Bank Bordeaux 2007 gets 85/100 in Wine Spectator’s vintage chart, which is the lowest rating since 1997, and many of the wines simply appears to lack in fruit, which naturally is a problem for a region which is known for producing austere wines; if there is no fruit, the tannins becomes too evident. However, 2007 Château Lagrange is good. Actually, it is very good. Lagrange is located in St Julien, right in the middle of the Médoc peninsula, just south of the more famous Pauillac and quite similar in style albeit somewhat smoother. Lagrange was ranked as a third growth in the 1855 classification.

The blend is 68% Cabernet sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 7% Petit verdot. Very subtle on the nose: plum, cedar, burnt sugar. Gentle palate with soft tannins. Light to medium bodied. It may be a bit too toasty, but on the other hand it is really enjoyable. It you’re highly sensitive too oak, this may not be your cup of coffee. It was a nearly perfect companion to roast of elk, baked root vegetables and a caprese. 90p.

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