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2009 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien

SKU #1112971 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

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

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. (ID)  (5/2010)

90 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (3/2013)

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)  (7/2013)

K&L Notes

*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.)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2017 | Send Email
From Bruno Borie, owner of second growth Ducru-Beaucaillou in Saint-Julien. His father, Jean-Eugène Borie purchased a parcel of fallow land from neighboring Chateau Lagrange in 1970, replanting the vineyards over the next several years. Today the estate covers 30 hectares in a single block, of which 25 hectares are planted to vines, 65% to Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% to Merlot, and 10% to Cabernet Franc. Saint-Julien is the smallest of the four major sub-appellations in the Médoc, but the one with the largest number of classed growths. Consequently, prices tend to be high and there are few real bargains left. Lalande-Borie, with all of the resources of a second growth behind it, represents one of the last great values in the Saint-Julien. The 2009 vintage was a particular success – lively and fresh with loads of sweet fruit and unusually fine tannins. So very tempting to drink this wine now, but it can only get better with time.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2017 | Send Email
I hadn't tasted this wine since the spring of 2016 until this week, and I can't believe the difference another year and a half in the bottle has made. The dark and rich flavors of cassis and black fruit are still present, but they've now made way for more of the secondary flavors to come out and the tannins are a bit finer and less dusty than last time around. There's more earth, but the ripeness still guides the wine from the first sip to the final finish. I love the wines of the Ducru-Beaucaillou, and this second label from the Borie family drinks like a more affordable version of the bigger gun.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/4/2015 | Send Email
An incredibly elegant wine. Dusty crushed stone on the nose, along with a nice touch of herbaceousness, graphite and currant. Classic! The tannins although very much framing the black currant fruit leave a soft impression on the palate. it is round and easy, but not without poise and complexity. It will age beautifully, but a good decanting and you can enjoy it now.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2015 | Send Email
Make sure to get some of this to drink, and some to cellar! From the same team and same great village as Ducru-Beaucaillou, the Lalande Borie has everything one could wish for in a great St. Julien. It has pure Cabernet flavors of cassis and leather, great richness and texture and plenty of punch. At this price, it is a steal!
Drink from 2015 to 2039

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2015 | Send Email
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Tastes great right now. From our good friend Bruno Borie, this wine shone at the Sopexa Bordeaux event in 2014.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


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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.