Château Lalande Borie, St Julien, 2018

  Château Lalande Borie

The charismatic Bruno Borie described 2018 as 'bouleversant'. This is a typically romantic French word that has no direct translation into English. It means that feeling when one is stopped in the street by the beauty of a stranger - drop dead gorgeous if you like. Grapes were harvested 120 days after flowering, so the grapes benefitted from extended hang time. The berries were 10-15% smaller than normal, which resulted in the ripest ever Cabernets seen at this Chateau. Fragrant, polished, with lots of sweet dark fruit, Chambord and glossy high-toned fruit. This is big and bold with a dense tannic core, but it remains vibrant and fresh - lots of material.

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.