This muscular, thick, unctuous, lavishly-oaked wine may cause raised eyebrows by those looking for something restrained and understated. There is no doubting the hedonistic appeal of this style of wine. The 1989 (the first bottle was corked) is a smoky, tar, cassis, roasted herb, jammy style of wine, with a dense purple color, sweet tannin, and low acidity. It is easy to drink, although the bouquet has not changed since I tasted it several years ago. The wine is soft and fat, but not flabby. It should drink well for 15+ years, probably developing more focus as well as a more classical profile. The 1989 Lagrange is a big, rich, boldly-flavored wine made in a California-like style. (RP)
Deep crimson, with gentle evolution at the rim. Very gentle evolved nose with some animal notes and a rich, almost putrid finish. Not the most refreshing wine - much richer and sweeter and heavier than most Lagranges. A slightly baked quality. Fades a bit on the finish. Suntory bought the property in 1984 and may well have used quite young vines for this. 17-/20
Good ruby-red. Low-pitched aromas of smoky black raspberry, mocha and roasted herbs; slightly porty. Fat, sweet and full, with strong minty and herbal notes that are not completely integrated with the wine's berry fruit. Finishes with lush but slightly drying tannins. (ST)
Offers very ripe, raisiny aromas, with a tobacco and leather undertone. Slightly maderized, but it doesn't bother me. Full-bodied, showing very soft, velvety tannins and a medium finish. (JS, Web Only—2010)
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