Château Lalande-Borie 2016
Today we kick-off with Bruno Borie’s utterly delicious Château Lalande-Borie, which is produced by the Ducru Beaucaillou team and comes highly recommend for the cellar @ £230.00 IB per case.
Created by Bruno's father, Jean-Eugène, in 1970, its different vineyard blocks are bordered by Lagrange, Talbot, and Gruaud. They are planted at a very high density of 9,000 vines/hectare. The average age of the vines here is about 38 years.
Jancis MW prefers this to Château Ducru’s second wine, La Croix de Beaucaillou, which will be released at least 40% higher in value.
This is very linear and refined with tight-grained tannins and blackberry and blackcurrant character. Shows such finesse and beauty. One of best from here in a long time.
Rich and very lively on the nose. Real freshness and raciness. Beautiful wine! Really vibrant and rich. But with masses of energy. Just very slightly dry on the end. But such a charmer! GV
The 2016 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, delivering 13.66% alcohol and matured in 30% new oak and the remainder oneyear old. There is something almost clinical about the nose, very pure, no frills (at the moment), hints of crushed violet emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and cohesive, citrus-like freshness from start to finish with a long and velvety blueberry and blackberry finish. This is very polished and it should give plenty of drinking pleasure for several years. Drink 2021 - 2035.