Château Lalande Borie, St Julien, 2017

  Château Lalande Borie

Bruno Borie has really elevated the quality of Lalande Borie in recent vintage. The 2015 is sensational, a hedonistic delight. 2016 was dark and impressively brooding, the 2017 is a return to the joyous, sleek fruited style of the 2015, with wonderfully fragrant, perfumed fruit, deliciously sweet and plummy; it certainly isn't highbrow, but it will be a very pleasurable drink in a few years' time with its velour tannins and lavish fruit. Sadly 50% of the vineyard was damaged by frost. 66% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Lalande Borie

Château Lalande-Borie has belonged to the Borie family, owners of such top vineyards as Ducru Beaucaillou, Grand Puy Lacoste and Haut Batailley since 1970. Now managed by Ducru's owner Bruno Borie, the same energy has been spent here on improving quality as at the other properties. Lalande-Borie lies to the west of Ducru on a single plot of 25ha surrounded by well-known Crus Classés. The setting, higher in elevation and further back from the Gironde estuary, produces a wine with plenty of typical St Julien characteristics - rich cherry fruits, deep and smooth - but which matures a little quicker than the Grands Vins from the family's other properties.

Appellation: St Julien

St-Julien may not have any first growths like its neighbour Pauillac but has a raft of high-performing Châteaux in its ranks, second through to fourth growths, Including Ducru-Beaucaillou, Léoville Las Cases, Léoville-Poyferré, Léoville-Barton. Gruaud-Larose and Talbot. For many St-Julien is quintessential claret, robust, powerful but refined subtle and poised. Gravelly soils dominate, hence wide plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Cab. Franc

The hallowed Bordeaux trinity of grape varieties that form the stock left bank blend. Cabernet's Sauvignon's acidic, tannic complex qualities marry ideally with Merlot's sweet, softy flesh characteristics, and Cabernet Franc's finesse and freshness. This classic combination has worked so successfully in Bordeaux that it is now mirrored the world over, particularly in warm sunny climates such as the Languedoc, Tuscany, South Africa, Australia and Napa Valley.