Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2022
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A rich and structured Saint-Julien Second Wine
Château Lagrange is one of the iconic names of the Saint-Julien appellation. The estate's origins date back to Gallo-Roman times, when it was home to the "Villa Rustica." The Order of the Knights Templar later initiated the estate's winegrowing activities. Château Lagrange enjoyed a golden age in the 18th century and attained the title of 3rd Cru Classé in the Official Classification of 1855. In 1983, Château Lagrange became part of the Japanese Suntory group and its chairman Keizo Saji. Following a major programme of renovation and investment, and the arrival of a dynamic team, Château Lagrange has risen to the top of Médoc wines.
Les Fiefs de Lagrange is Château Lagrange’s Second Wine.
Château Lagrange 2022 is a Saint-Julien wine from a 118-hectare single vineyard. The vineyard enjoys a superb location on two gravelly hilltops. The vines, which are on average 30 years old, are planted on gravelly-siliceous soils with a clay-limestone subsoil and face north-south. The vineyard's climate is temperate and oceanic in nature.
The 2022 vintage stands out for its contrasting rainfall. A mild, dry winter preceded a warm, wet spring. The vines were able to develop rapidly thanks to the high temperatures in May. Rain in June enabled the vineyards to withstand the summer drought. Despite low yields, the grapes were of excellent quality.
Winemaking and ageing
Harvested by hand, as was the first sorting, supplemented by a second sorting with an optical camera. Plot-by-plot and intra-plot selection. The 103 plots of vines are vinified in 102 temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Batches are classified according to terroir, vine age and grape ripeness. Vinification is temperature-controlled at between 26 and 28°C for 18 to 25 days, with moderate daily pumping-over, délestage or pigeage. Malolactic fermentation by co-inoculation. Aged for 13 months in barrels (20% new).
Cabernet Sauvignon (48%)
Petit Verdot (11%).
Characteristics and tasting tips for Les Fiefs de Lagrange 2022
A subtle combination of power and smoothness, this Second Wine mingles structure and velvety tannins with delicious notes of black and red fruit.
This Saint-Julien wine can be laid down until 2040.