2014 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien (Pre-Arrival)
This wine has the dusty tannins that are typical of the vintage. Ripe red plums and berries are combined with refreshing acidity on the palate, and lead to a structured and dense finish. (RV)
Lots of oyster shell and iodine and currant character with seaweed. Full to medium body, an excellent center palate and a long finish. Fantastic.
The 2014 Lalande-Borie is a good choice for drinking young, as it is already quite open, with lovely plumpness and juiciness throughout. New leather, spice, red plum and lavender overtones are woven into the super-expressive, inviting finish. This is a great introduction to proprietor Bruno Borie's 2014s. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
Western St-Julien. Younger vines go into other labels such as Hortevie so it’s already a selection. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. 125 days' growing season. 12 months in 30% new barrels. Very interesting nose with black pepper and emphatic flowers. Notably perfumed and smooth on the palate. Tannins insist on the end. Just a little inky on the end but gorgeous upfront. Good persistence.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Château Lalande-Borie 2014 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that will be matured for 12 months in 30% new oak. It has a slightly high-toned bouquet with small dark cherries and cold stone scents, perhaps not quite as complex as the Fourcas-Borie. The palate is medium-bodied, a little coarse on the entry although there is fine acidity. I find the tannins a little more refined on the Fourcas-Borie this year, though there is a pleasant saline tang on the finish. (NM)