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2009 Lalande-Borie, St-Julien

SKU #1112971 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

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

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Round and silky, with a lovely richness of chocolate, currant and plum character. Full and flavorful. Inner quote mark (2/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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