Lagrange 2020 En Primeur: “seamless”
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  • The wine is being offered for £425 (12×75) SEP.
  • “A wine that excels in the appellation”, says Jeb Dunnuck.
  • This positions it in line with the 2016 vintage in terms of price and Benchmark Critic score.

Lagrange

The 2020 Château Lagrange has been released for €35 per bottle ex-négociant, 19% more than the 2019.

The international trade is offering the wine for £425 per case of 12 (75cl format), making it 18% more expensive that the 2019’s current Market Price.

Previous vintages that offer good value for money include the 2018 (NM 93) and the 2015 (NM 94).

Critical opinion

This is “a classy Lagrange”, according to Neal Martin (Vinous), who gave today’s release a barrel range of 93-95 points. Martin complimented its “sensual, beautifully defined bouquet of mineral-infused black fruit, briar, touches of wild mint and crushed stone, conveying wonderful energy and precision”. He added: “I always feel this Saint-Julien is underrated, but it will challenge the best 2020s from the appellation”.

Jeb Dunnuck (94-96 points) seemed to agree. For Dunnuck, the 2020 Lagrange is “a wine that excels in the appellation”. Dunnuck called it “just about seamless” and observed that the wine is “going to require 5-6 years of bottle age but should cruise for 20-25 years in cold cellars”.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW (The Wine Advocate) also awarded 94-96 points. She noted that “the medium-bodied palate is both super intense and super elegant, featuring exquisitely ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness to frame the bright, crunchy black and red fruits, finishing long and mineral laced”.

Fair Value

The 2020’s release price positions it above all vintages post-2010. Buyers looking for value might turn to last year’s release, which has the highest price-per-point ratio.

However, the 2015 also looks attractive and is currently available for 12.5% less. At 21% discount comes the 2018, rated 93 points by Neal Martin.

Second wines

The second wine of the property, Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2020, was also released this morning for €16.9 per bottle ex-négociant. It is being offered for £205 per 12×75.

Les Fiefs de Lagrange Blanc 2020 was released for €16.25 per bottle ex-négociant and is offered by the trade for £197 per case.

Other releases

La Tour Carnet 2020 was released this morning for €22 per bottle ex-négociant. The international trade is offering the wine for £268 per 12×75, up 7% on the 2019.

La Tour Carnet Blanc 2020 was released for €22.5 per bottle ex-négociant, with a recommended trade price of £274 per dozen.

The 2020 Fombrauge was also released for €20.75 per bottle ex-négociant, with a recommended trade price of £252 per 12×75.

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