1998 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien

SKU #1063679

The 1998 Lalande Borie shows the strength of the vintage combined with the elegance of the property. It has lots of blackberry fruit flavors. A big wine that needs one hour of decanting. A perfect match with a Porterhouse steak, this wine will age well for ten more years. Château Lalande-Borie was created almost entirely in 1970 by the purchase from a 3rd growth of a 30-hectare parcel of land in the Saint-Julien appellation. It is run today by Bruno Borie of Lillet fame and the owner of Ducru Beaucaillou.. The wines of Lalande-Borie are made and aged using the same techniques, the same treatment and in the same spirit as those of Ducru Beaucaillou. 65% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 10% cabernet franc. Often confused with the second wine of Ducru Beaucaillou, the Lalande-Borie is not a second wine, but is a chateau not far from Ducru. (Ducru's second wine is Croix de Beaucaillou).

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2011  | Send Email
I tasted this wine during the last in-store Bordeaux tasting and just fell in love! So amazingly balanced with sweet ripe black fruit, a silky, supple palate and that beautiful sweet earth that makes my knees weak. Drinks so much more than its $30 price tag!!!

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/21/2011  | Send Email
This was the belle of the ball at the last tasting in LA. This beautifully layered wine is drinking right now so to be honest why cellar it. I didn't decant this prior to the tasting but it opened up over the 3 hour tasting changing throughout. Roasted herbs, spice and dried berry on the nose. The integrated palate still showed bright red fruit along with more herbs. The finish is long with mushroom and berry. This wine is in that middle phase of life showing both secondary and berry flavors. Enjoy!!!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2011  | Send Email
This Cru Bourgeois located in St-Julien is owned and operated by the owners of the great 2nd Growth Ducru Beaucaillou and the attention to detail is evident in the superb quality and consistancy. This is hard to beat in terms of value per dollar spent. At 13 years old this is still deep and powerful with plenty of fruit and firm tannin so decanting is recommended. The vineyards for this property were purchased from a 3rd Growth in 1970 so the pedigree of the terroir and winemaking is unbelievable for $30.00.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/8/2011  | Send Email
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Although Clyde’s notes for this wine suggest another 10-plus years of aging, I need to tell you that this puppy is pretty tasty stuff, NOW! Owned and operated by the owner of Ducru-Beaucaillou (one of my favorite châteaux), Bruno Borie, this Ducru wannabe is made in the same style and has pretty much the same varietal make-up as its big brother. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%)and Merlot (25%) balanced by Cabernet Franc, this deeply-colored wine shows opulent, antique-ish aromas of cedar, cassis, blackberries and truffles. In the mouth this Gem is absolutely wonderful, with broad, lush, deep flavors (like its big brother) that are complex and layered, with soft tannins, a viscous middle and a long, ongoing finish. Anderson says that will definitely be one of our house reds for the month and to buy whatever we can afford. 13.5% ABV. (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2020

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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.
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France

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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.