2009 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien SKU #1112971


WE 91-93 JS 91 ST 90
WS 90
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K&L Notes

*V 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The blackcurrant character is dominant. This wine is getting better and better. Tons of ripe red fruit flavors. This is a sleeper of the vintage in Clyde's mind. (Clyde Beffa Jr.)

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    From Bruno Borie, owner of second growth Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien. His father, Jean-Eugène Borie purchased a parcel of fallow land from neighboring Chateau Lagrange in 1970, replanting the vineyards over the next several years. Today the estate covers 30 hectares in a single block, of which 25 hectares are planted to vines, 65% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% to Merlot, and 10% to Cabernet Franc. Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four major sub-appellations in the Médoc, but the one with the largest number of classed growths. Consequently, prices tend to be high and there are few real bargains left. Lalande-Borie, with all of the resources of a second growth behind it, represents one of the last great values in the Saint-Julien. The 2009 vintage was a particular success – lively and fresh with loads of sweet fruit and unusually fine tannins. So very tempting to drink this wine now, but it can only get better with time.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    I hadn't tasted this wine since the spring of 2016 until this week, and I can't believe the difference another year and a half in the bottle has made. The dark and rich flavors of cassis and black fruit are still present, but they've now made way for more of the secondary flavors to come out and the tannins are a bit finer and less dusty than last time around. There's more earth, but the ripeness still guides the wine from the first sip to the final finish. I love the wines of the Ducru-Beaucaillou, and this second label from the Borie family drinks like a more affordable version of the bigger gun.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    An incredibly elegant wine. Dusty crushed stone on the nose, along with a nice touch of herbaceousness, graphite and currant. Classic! The tannins although very much framing the black currant fruit leave a soft impression on the palate. it is round and easy, but not without poise and complexity. It will age beautifully, but a good decanting and you can enjoy it now.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    Make sure to get some of this to drink, and some to cellar! From the same team and same great village as Ducru-Beaucaillou, the Lalande Borie has everything one could wish for in a great St. Julien. It has pure Cabernet flavors of cassis and leather, great richness and texture and plenty of punch. At this price, it is a steal!
    Drink from 2015 to 2039
  • Clyde Beffa Jr.
    By: Clyde Beffa Jr.
    K&L Staff Member
    Tastes great right now. From our good friend Bruno Borie, this wine shone at the Sopexa Bordeaux event in 2014.
    Drink from 2015 to 2025


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