Red Wine ᐧ France

Château Lalande-Borie

£45.95
2015 vintage.

Owned by François-Xavier Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou, this is an eighteen hectare property situated in St. Julien Beychevelle which has always had an excellent reputation for making relatively big, structured wines which can be approachable when young but develop into very attractive, graceful clarets with some bottle age. Lalande-Borie was created from land bought by the Bories from the troisième cru Château Lagrange in 1970. Considering their terroir and pedigree, these are wines that offer outstanding value for money. Muscular and powerful with a firm fruit and softening tannins.

The 2015 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot. Picked from 26 September until 2-3 October, it has a surprising bouquet: high-toned and exotic for the vintage, very intense cassis and iodine aromas, perhaps needing just a little more complexity to come through. The palate is more controlled at the moment, restores order as it were. The tannins are quite dense, lending weight to this Lalande-Borie, the acidity is nicely judged and the finesse finally comes through towards the finish.

Tasting Note:
The 2015 Lalande-Borie has a clean and composed bouquet with blackberry, cedar and light floral tones, well defined and perhaps one of the prettiest that I have encountered in recent years.
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