This is opulent and rich with generous tannins that are subsumed into the ripe black plum flavors. It's a big wine with forward fruit, subtle tannins and wood. The freshness at the end is just there. (RV)
A highly enjoyable wine from the Ducru Beaucaillou stable, which performed well in 2015. This is a little softer on the mid-palate than the 2016 vintage, but is a good value, fleshy and juicy expression of St-Julien with plenty to enjoy. (JA)
A solid red with dark berry and wet earth aromas and flavor. Full body, chewy tannins yet polished and balanced. Serious concentration for the vintage for this estate.
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, though I am sure it will by the time of bottling. 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. (NM)
The 2015 Château Lalande-Borie is more perfumed and extroverted compared to the 2016 and gives up lots of ripe black cherry and strawberry fruit characteristics as well as more graphite, spring flowers, earthy minerality and toasted oak. Textured, medium-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, it shines more for its elegance and nuance than power. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
The 2015 Lalande-Borie is an attractive, mid-weight Saint-Julien to drink over the next handful of years, while the fruit retains its freshness. This is an especially lithe, feminine Saint-Julien built on grace more than power from iron and sand-rich soils on the western side of the appellation. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)
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