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About Chateau Lagrange
It was 1983 and Chateau Lagrange had been in a rut for a half century. Vintage after vintage had been smashed by critics, prices were falling, and its Third Growth status was nowhere to be seen. Then, from halfway across the world, Japanese liquor conglomerate Suntory swept away the rust--literally replacing the outdated cellar and replanting the vineyard--and got Chateau Lagrange back on its feet.
89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2004
Bright, full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, cassis, licorice and eucalyptus, with hints of damp earth and chocolate. Intensely flavored, dry and penetrating; a rather unforthcoming wine, less supple than the 1985. Finishes with strong, dusty tannins and very good length. Offers good sweetness of fruit in a very dry package. Ducasse says that many bottles of the '86 are oxidized due to a peroxide treatment that was used to wash the corks. These bottles have tended to turn leafy and earthy as well, noted Ducasse. We agreed that this was a better-than-average bottle.
86 Points | Wine Spectator
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