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Chateau Lagrange lies in the heart of the Saint-Julien appellation and is a classified Third Growth winery. The origins of the estate date back to the Middle Ages, as it was then known as the Noble House of Lagrange Monteil. During the 18th and 19th Centuries, the estate was growing at a rate of knots, producing 300 tons of wine in 1842 and was awarded the Third Growth in 1855. After these highs, in the early 20th Century Chateau Lagrange slumped into a long period of mediocrity due to crop failures producing poor quality wine.
The enormous estate that once amounted to 280 hectares had to be reduced to 157 hectares to pay off debt. However the Japanese liquor giant Suntory bought the estate in 1983 and installed Marcel Ducasse as the director of winemaking and he still holds that position today. The Chateau now received what it needed, large amounts of capital, which were used to revive the vineyards and cellars.
The vineyard is the largest single vineyard amongst the classified estates at 113 hectares and is composed of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot vines, planted on gravelly soils. Chateau Lagrange also dedicates a small portion of its vineyard (10 hectares) to producing white wine, of which the vines are 53% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Semillon, and 11% Muscadelle.
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Bancroft Wines has strong, direct relationships with the most long-established négociants in Bordeaux as well as with many of the most respected estates and growers in Burgundy and the Rhone placing us in an ideal position to secure allocations of many of the world's most desirable wines before they are on the open market.
Buying en primeur involves buying wines before they have been released - before they are even bottled in most cases - and taking delivery up to two years later when the wines are collected from the Chateaux.
Reasons that people invest in en primeur with Bancroft Wines are:
1. It is an opportunity to buy up wines at their first release price to maximise investment potential.
2. It is often the only time some of the rarest wines will appear on the market.
3. Bancroft Wines only include wines that we consider will be almost impossible to track down in future years without paying a premium price.
4. It is the best way to ensure that your purchases have perfect provenance and will be stored correctly from its release until the day you drink it.
Our Fine Wine team has extensive experience of these wines and travels to each region annually to taste the wines before offering them. We are always happy to advise you on the wines that will best suit your buying plans and can create cellars for you on a discretionary or non-discretionary basis.
Please contact the team should you wish to hear more about purchasing en primeur.
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