|This is a real stunner for only $10 at Costco. I casually threw this in my cart as I do with a lot of $10 Riojas because I know they will be good, but this one really caught me off guard. This tastes like a $25 Rioja. What a bargain.
Dark, but not too dark in the glass, the nose has a little earth and spice (distinctly Spanish); medium in body, this wine hits with intense red fruit and cherry flavors balanced perfectly with the oak aging. This leads to a nice dry finish, very clean and elegant throughout.
It’s hard to believe this is only $10. I plan on putting a few of these away. Definitely try this wine. I’m going to place it on our Value Picks and our Bronze Rated wines lists. When a wine makes two lists, it’s almost always worthy seeking out.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 Points
|This is a nice mid-range Grand Cru from St. Julien (3rd growth Bordeaux). A very much go-to bordeaux in the under $100 range, and one you will see a lot of restaurant menus. I have a had a few other vintages and all have delivered that great smooth and refined Bordeaux taste.
I was pleased to see my local Costco with several cases of the 2009 vintage, and at $75 a great price point here in Tokyo, Japan. Chateau Lagrange consists primarily of cabernet sauvignon, as well as merlot, and petit verdot.
This 2009 Lagrange was what I hoped for from this renowned vintage. After some decanting, this really opened up into a nice smooth drinking wine. Great nose followed by a little vanillla, some blueberry flavors, and plum finish. Not too over the top, very subtle and refined wine. I have had some other 2009 Bordeaux in this price point that I prefer over this one, for example the Calon Segur, but this is a very nice wine overall.
I would score this 91-92 points, and feel it is one worth cellaring for a few more years.
— Jun Chiba
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|I’m happy to announce the publication of my latest wine book titled Around the Wine World in 40 Pages: An Exploration Guide for the Beginning Wine Enthusiast.
It’s $3.99 for the Kindle with a physical version coming down the line. The book takes readers on a journey throughout the most popular and notable wine growing regions in the world, providing an inside perspective on what wine drinkers at all experience levels need to know about the grapes and styles from each region, along with the price points and suggestions on specific wines to try. I even include references to a lot of wines that can be found at Costco. I hope you enjoy.