2018 Lalande-Borie (St-Julien)

St-Julien, Medoc, Bordeaux FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Style
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Wine Score
90 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 16.5 points, Julia Harding, jancisrobinson.com, April 2019
88-90 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
90-92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
93-95 points, Chris Kissack

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Media Reviews

Jane Anson

The colour on these wines is wonderful, clearly showing just how easy the extraction was in 2018 - an IPT of 90 in the Lalande Borie has got to be a record. They have handled the wine extremely well this year, showing tension through the palate between beautiful freshness, firm tannins and juicy, appetising fruit. It`s unquestionably powerful, and you are definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck here. Very drinkable. 35hl/ha yield. 90 points

Julia Harding

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Blended end December. 40% new barrels. Black core. Dark, ripe and spicy. Lively even though the fruit is so dark it is almost savoury. Dry, firm and still rounded on the finish. 16.5 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 Lalande-Borie is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a pH of 3.77 and 14.5% alcohol. It is to be aged 12 months in barriques, 30% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up gregarious notions of baked black cherries, warm blackberries and cassis with hints of pencil lead, camphor and underbrush plus a waft of Sichuan pepper. Full-bodied with bags of black fruit, it has a plush frame and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy. 88-90 points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 Lalande-Borie is pliant, supple and wonderfully inviting. Bright floral notes perk up the red/purplish berry fruit in a silky, succulent Saint-Julien that will drink well right out of the gate. In the glass, the 2018 is heady and alluring, and yet it retains its classic mid-weight personality and structure. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. 90-92 points

Chris Kissack

The Lalande-Borie vines are at the western end of Bruno Borie`s vineyards, and they were only slightly troubled by mildew in this vintage, with no significant reduction in yields. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, a typical blend for this property. The yield was just 35 hl/ha. The alcohol here is 14.5%, with pH 3.77. It presents a beautifully pure, rich and expressive nose, with black cherry, damson and currant fruits. The palate is no less impressive, being full, broad and textured, with creamed blackcurrant, black cherry, damson and black bean flavours, underpinned by a bed of tightly grained and well polished tannins. This is hugely impressive for Lalande-Borie, surely one the of the best wines from this estate I recall tasting. A very smart wine indeed. The élevage will be twelve months in barrels, including 30% new French oak. 93-95 points

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