The 2008 Lagrange has an intense bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, spice box and damp earth/mossy aromas that are well defined. This makes an immediate impression. The palate is medium-bodied, a solid and stocky Lagrange with plenty of freshness. Maybe it lacks the grace of other vintages but the finish is pure and there is a fine long tobacco finish. Too many wine-lovers crack open Lagrange without allowing it the optimal bottle age, so please do give this another two or three years before grabbing the corkscrew. (Tasted at BI Wine & Spirit’s annual 10-Year On tasting.)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
Robert Parker 89
The dark ruby/purple-hued 2008 reveals an angular, austere personality along with medium to full-bodied, deep, concentrated fruit. An unusually backward and highly tannic 2008, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 20 years. It is a very good wine, but it is not pleasant to drink at present.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034
Quite energetic nose. Racy, sinewy, very silky textured. Good interesting complexity in there. Very fresh but not green. Long, Interesting. Fine wine.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030