2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
Rich and smooth, with tannins that are ripe, some spice and also intense acidity. The blackcurrant character is dominant.
Round and silky, with a lovely richness of chocolate, currant and plum character. Full and flavorful. Delicious now, but much better in 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(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.
Wonderful aromas of flowers such as roses. Full-bodied, with firm and precise tannins. Fresh fruit, with a citrus undertone. Medium finish. (Web-2010)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...a seductive blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, bottled after 12 months to retain its fruit. With a very sweet spot in the middle, although it is technically dry, it exhibits loads of black currants, roasted herbs and tobacco leaf as well as hints of underbrush and forest floor. This medium-bodied wine is forward enough to drink over the next decade.
*V 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions.