Les Fiefs Lagrange 2009 – Saint-Julien
(2nd wine of Chateau Lagrange)
Blend: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Ageing: 12 months in oak barrels (20% new)
Black Fruits, fresh, bright, well-rounded, fruity with a good, solid tannin structure.
Cover an area of 117 hectares. Our vine-growing methods reflect our goal of perfection and echo one essential idea: “Quantity doesn’t always rhyme with quality. ” From the choice of grafts and rootstocks adapted to the soils at Lagrange to the numerous tasks of vine cultivation, every care is taken to maintain the most consistent quality possible. High density of plantation, rigorous pruning, thinning out in July and traditional ploughing allow us to achieve this goal by producing rich, concentrated grapes.
Hand-picking in the age-old way allows us to select the best bunches, and guarantees the removal of imperfect, green or damaged grapes.
Château Lagrange was known in the Middle Ages as the Noble House of Lagrange Montei. Records of the successive owners go back as far as 1631. In 1824 the total production was 120 barrels (12 000 cases). In 1842, the ex-Home Secretary to King Louis-Philippe, Count Duchatel, left his mark on the property and the Médoc by introducing a drainage system in the vineyard. The Count brought the annual production up to 300 barrels. This was a golden age for Lagrange, with the famous 1855 classification awarding the property the title of Third Classified Growth.
The beginning of the 20th century was much less glorious as the economic conditions deteriorated. Despite several changes in ownership the yields were lower and of lesser quality. A decline in business meant the estate had to be broken up : from 280 hectares (around 700 acres) in1840, the domain had been reduced to 157 hectares (392 acres) by December 1983, when the Japanese group Suntory bought it from the Cendoya family, owners since 1925.