2009 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien
Rich and smooth, with tannins that are ripe, some spice and also intense acidity. The blackcurrant character is dominant. (RV)
Round and silky, with a lovely richness of chocolate, currant and plum character. Full and flavorful. Delicious now, but much better in 2015.
(a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 10% cabernet franc; pH 3.75; 27% new oak) Bright ruby. Enticing, vibrant, surprisingly forthcoming aromas of cranberry and red cherry syrup. Shows more red fruits on the palate, with strawberry-rhubarb and cranberry cocktail flavors nicely complicated by a hint of citrus. Made in a very open-knit and soft style, but finishes a touch tart and tannic. Still, this should be a remarkably enjoyable, easy-drinking 2009. (ID)
This is stylish, with perfumy black tea and smoldering charcoal aromas followed by lightly mulled plum, fig and blackberry fruit. An echo of juniper shows on the mineral-edged finish. Drink now through 2024. (JM)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Lalande Borie has a finely tuned bouquet with vivacious raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, infused with cedar, a touch of sandalwood and graphite. It opens nicely in the glass. The palate is animally on the entry with lovely savoury fruit: chestnut and white pepper underlying the blackberry and balsamic notes. Structured, beefy and burly - this has a lot of charm. Tasted January 2013. (Neil Martin's Wine Journal)
*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.)