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Winemaker Marcel Ducasse, who was handpicked by Suntory to lead its return to glory, steered the ship from '83 to 2007 and was recently succeeded by Bruno Eynard, his longtime technical director. Bruno manages the 115 hectare vineyard which is planted primary to Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot at 65%, 28% and 7% respectively. There is also a small white vineyard--4 hectares--planted to Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. For many years, Ducasse and Eynard worked on perfecting what is now a classically structured Saint-Julien that typically shows an almost medicinal austerity in the early going, with dominant notes of cassis, kirsch, menthol and minerals. Once a chronic underachiever, Chateau Lagrange is now the largest Cru Classé in Bordeaux, producing between 50,000 and 55,000 cases per year.