SAINT-JULIEN, BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2010
With the first of the 2016 Bordeaux Futures offers nearly upon us, we thought we'd whet your appetites with a St. Julien from one of the great vintages of the past 25 years. The 2010 Château Lagrange St. Julien was what put this ancient estate back on the map.
Along with 2005, 2009, and 2015, 2010 is squarely in the conversation for the Bordeaux vintage of this millennium. If anything, '10s were not quite as opulent as the '09s and most need many decades to come to full maturity.
But Lagrange's style is on the more polished side and the 2010, that James Suckling called the "best in years," is just starting to hit its stride.
So get your mouse-clicking fingers in shape by taking advantage of this best-in-the-nation pricing on a 96-point gem from a prized vintage in Bordeaux.
Appellation: St. Julien, Bordeaux, France
Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Terroir: Gravel, sand, and clay soils, interspersed with deposits of iron.
Winemaking: Hand-picked grapes with sorting according to grape varieties, age of the vines, plot maturity, and type of soil. 21 month barrel aging in French oak.
Reviews: "Loads of tension and form. It can be cellared for decades, but it's balanced and beautiful already. Lots of blueberry, licorice and blackberry character. Try in 2018." - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
"With vineyards in the west of Saint-Julien, Lagrange produces wines that are polished and elegant. In 2010, that style has been suffused with tannins while also delivering a black currant flavor. The wine is rich and ripe, with just the right amount of tannic structure for the fruit." - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
Serving/Cellar Suggestions: Best served cellar temperature, between 58 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit. If drinking in the next five years, decant for a couple of hours to allow for the wine's aromatics to open up and tannins to soften. This will continue to develop and improve over the next 10-20 years.
Food Pairings: Great with all meat and game dishes. Look up Gigot a La Cuillère (Slow Cooked Spoon Lamb), Bacheofe (Alsatian Meat Stew), and Cassoulet au Canard (Duck Cassoulet) for advanced-level pairing.
*Please note that the original quantities of this offer have SOLD OUT. We ordered additional stock directly from the Château but they will not be available for pick up until this summer. Wines are estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in July/August 2017. This is a ONE WEEK SALE that will expire on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.