2008 Château Lalande-Borie


Recently we opened a bottle of 2008 Château Lalande-Borie from the Saint Julien appellation in the Medoc.  We visited the region back in 2009 and thought that it was a remarkable location.

From the website: “Château Lalande Borie was founded in 1970 by Jean Eugène Borie on the Lalande terroir to which he added his family name and that he bought that same year from a classified growth in Saint Julien.”

This particular label appears to be part of the larger Château Ducru-Beaucaillou brand, and this is our first bottle from that estate.  The wine had been cellared (by us) for about six months, then uncorked and left to breathe in the bottle for about fifteen minutes or more before drinking.

As you can perhaps see from the photos, the wine is a lovely ruby red in colour and had a very aromatic, if subtle bouquet.  The wine was – as characteristic for Saint Julien – smooth and velvety and very palatable with soft hints of currants.  Light to medium bodied, soft after taste.

This one will be drinking perfectly now and for the short to medium term.  Should develop further with additional cellaring.

Recommended drinking (estimate): Now – 2016+

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