In a nutshell:
A rich and concentrated, traditional Saint-Julien from a distinguished 3ème Cru Classé estate.
Château Lagrange has been back at the top table of Saint-Julien estates for a number of years now and their wines are ever dependable and reliable. The 2008 is a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and a little Petit Verdot. It's medium-full bodied with a restrained, elegant and effortless power. The vibrant fruit gives flavours of ripe dark berries, cassis and cedar with subtle hints of vanilla and white chocolate. The bold tannins are fine grained and ripe and sit well with the well judged oak. In all there's a well balanced richness which runs through to the long, lingering finish.
When to drink:
Now fully mature and on tip-top form it's sublime drinking and, well cellared, will stay like that until the mid 2020s.