2011 Saint Julien

Grapes Merlot, Cab Sauv, Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
ABV 13.1%

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. From the western side of the appellation by Lagrange, where the quaternary gravel of the riverside bank gives way to sand and clay. The tannins are present but ripe, soft. An easy, ample wine despite a certain structure. Rating: 89-89 L&S (Apr 2012)

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Made by Bruno Borie (the proprietor of Ducru Beaucaillou), this blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon is a fleshy, open-knit vin de plaisir offering copious fruit, not a great deal of complexity, but a fleshy mouthfeel and good texture as well as length. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 2012 - 2020 Rating: 86-88 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, 2012)

A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Lalande Borie has a lifted, leafy bouquet with blackberry, sous-bois and tobacco. Nicely defined, perhaps a little rustic around the edges, but fresh. The palate has sharp acidity on the entry with brusque tannins. Foursquare from start to finish with a soft, tertiary, gravelly finish. Rating: 84-86 Neal Martin, 2012)

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 27% new oak. Deep velvety crimson. Ripe lifted red cherry. Very spicy. Much more restrained on the palate. Elegant, fresh, lithe and fluid. Not huge depth. Fresh fruit comes back again on the finish. 2016-2025 Rating: 16 Julia Harding MW, 2012)

Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, 2012)

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