Wednesday, August 8, 2007

1996 Chateau Lagrange, Saint Julien

I really had no intention of opening up this bottle anytime soon, but in a response to a reader's comment regarding my review of the 1996 Leoville Barton I recommended the '96 Lagrange as a close second for about 40% less. Since it had been about four years since I tasted this wine, I figured I should taste it again to confirm that my memory has served me well. Unfortunately, my memory for this wine was about as good as Alberto Gonzales' memory of his own role in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Ruby red, lots of wood on the nose with hints of red fruit, cigar box and leather. Although very good, it lacks the depth and complexity of the '96 Barton. The tannins feel as if they are predominately from the oak, and it is a bit thin and has a short finish. Lots of earthy notes as well, and although the '96 Lagrange isn't all that funky, here is a great shot of Bootsy anyhow. 88 points. find it

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