2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1056646 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich and smooth, with tannins that are ripe, some spice and also intense acidity. The blackcurrant character is dominant.  (8/ 2010)

91 points James Suckling

 Round and silky, with a lovely richness of chocolate, currant and plum character. Full and flavorful. Delicious now, but much better in 2015.  (2/ 2012)

87-90 points 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.  (6/ 2010)

87-90 points Wine Spectator

 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.

K&L Notes

*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.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/7/2012  | Send Email
*V Blueberry aromas and flavors. Sweet and lush.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Julien

- St. Julien, the smallest of the four famous appellations of the Haut Medoc, is known for highly extracted, finely structured, Cabernet-based reds. It is nestled between Pauillac to the north and Margaux to the south. Like St. Estephe, there are no first growths in this area. Leoville-las-Cases, Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Ducru Beaucaillou, and Gruard Larose are the second-growths of St. Julien followed by Lagrange which is the only third-growth. Beychevelle, Branaire Ducru, St. Pierre, and Talbot, which are all fourth-growth wines, round out the grand cru classe chateaux. In the last several vintages, wineries from this appellation have been out-performing their traditional rankings making many of the wines from this region some of the best values in red wine today.