Winemaker Dinner with Château Lagrange of Saint-Julien, Bordeaux

Friday 10th of May

7.30 pm 

£125 per person


We are delighted to have secured an evening with winemaker and Directeur Générale (Boss!) Matthieu Bordes of Château Lagrange.   Matthieu is one of the most charismatic and charming hosts we have ever had at the restaurant and we are delighted that he is back for what will, without doubt, prove to be one of the highlights of the year.    
His insight into Bordeaux and wines, in general, is captivating and I would urge any wine lover to join us - you will become a Lagrange fan!

We will be matching 8 courses to 8
Château Lagrange wines including the wonderful white wine, Arums, the 2nd wine Fiefs and 6 vintages of the Grand Vin.  We are hoping that Matthieu will again bring a barrel sample of the 2018 vintage for us to try.


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 Historical documents mention the future Bordeaux chateau as far back to 1631.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 through 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 Lagrange 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 was 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. Once the new owners took over the property, they spent massive sums of money to modernise the winemaking 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 winemaking facilities and cellars in 2013. All the effort and investment expended by Suntory has allowed Château Lagrange to produce a seriously good wine. 

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


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