Wine Dinner with Château Lagrange of Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

Friday 20th of October

7pm start
£125pp for 8 courses and 10 wines

 

*please this price is TBC as we are still confirming the exact vintages of the wines but the final cost will be close to this*

 

This is the first in series of Bordeaux dinners we will be holding over the coming months in conjunction with Bordeaux Houses and winemakers and we are delighted that Château Lagrange is the first. 

Situated in the Medoc appellation of St Julien, Château Lagrange is a stellar 3rd growth chateau that has in the last 30 years produced outstanding wines.  A more detailed history is available below for the wine nerds amongst you!

 

We will matching 8 courses with at least 8 wines.

 

We are confirming wines with the Château at the moment but be in doubt we will be trying wines from the greatest vintages of Bordeaux.   We are also going to be lucky enough to have some of their rare white wine as well.

 

Currently we are planning to show the following vintages :

1982

1990

1996

2000

2005

2009

2015

2016

 

Château Lagrange Early History

Château Lagrange started out life as Maison Noble de Lagrange Monteil as far back as the middle ages. Historical documents mention the future Bordeaux chateau as far back to 1631. During the 18th century, the picturesque estate was the property of the Baron de Brane. The Baron was better known for counting among his holdings, Brane Cantenac and Brane Mouton, which we are more familiar with as Château Mouton Rothschild today. 

 

When the Baron was in charge of the estate, the wines were sold as Baron St. Julien. Like most Bordeaux vineyards, the property passed though numerous hands. For a time, it belonged to John Lewis Brown who owned Château Cantenac Brown in Margaux , as well as Château Brown in Pessac Leognan .

However, Château agrange did not become well-known for producing wine until 1842. That is when the owner, Count Duchatel added a drainage system in the vineyard. This helped improve the wine immensely. While drainage in vineyards is commonplace today, that was very forward thinking in 1842.

 

Château Lagrange the Modern Age

In 1983, Château Lagrange were purchased by the large, Japanese company, Suntory from the Cendoya family, who had owned Château Lagrange since 1925.

The sale was a good decision for the Left Bank chateau. Suntory brought the funds needed to renovate the wine making facilities and replant the vineyards. Once the new owners took over the property, they spent massive sums of money to modernise the wine making facilities and replant the vineyards. They had no choice as the buildings were dilapidated and of the vineyard was in dire need of replanting. 

Under the direction of Marcel Ducasse, the director of Château Lagrange from 1993 to 2007, the vineyard expanded from 48 planted hectares to 138 planted hectares. The vine density was also increased as more than 100,000 new vines were added to the vineyard. In 1985, the new owners also began producing a second wine , Les Fief de Lagrange.

 

Château Lagrange made numerous improvements in 2008 and underwent extensive renovations again that included modernising their entire wine making facilities and cellars in 2013. All the effort and investment expended by Suntory has allowed Château Lagrange to produce a seriously good wine.   To this day I believe that their wines offer seriously good value for the consumer.   

 

 

If you wish to book, please contact us directly on: 029 2022 4343 or enquiries@parkhouserestaurant.co.uk


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