2014 Saint Julien

Grapes Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Saint Julien
ABV 13%

It's always a treat to visit this glamorous Chateau. The wines too have a sense of glamour and this 'entry level' from Bruno Borie is no exception. A pretty nose, with rose petals and spice is followed by a more weighty, quite full on middle of ripe fruit, dark and glossy and still that spiced edge, black pepper and clove. Glossy and plump shape - attractive, for the short-to-medium term. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2015)

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The Château Lalande-Borie 2014 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that will be matured for 12 months in 30% new oak. It has a slightly high-toned bouquet with small dark cherries and cold stone scents, perhaps not quite as complex as the Fourcas-Borie. The palate is medium-bodied, a little coarse on the entry although there is fine acidity. I find the tannins a little more refined on the Fourcas-Borie this year, though there is a pleasant saline tang on the finish. Perhaps it will merit a more favorable evaluation after bottling. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, 2015)

The 2014 Lalande-Borie is a good choice for drinking young, as it is already quite open, with lovely plumpness and juiciness throughout. New leather, spice, red plum and lavender overtones are woven into the super-expressive, inviting finish. This is a great introduction to proprietor Bruno Borie's 2014s. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Rating: 88-91 Antonio Galloni, 2015)

Very interesting nose with black pepper and emphatic flowers. Notably perfumed and smooth on the palate. Tannins insist on the end. Just a little inky on the end but gorgeous upfront. Good persistence. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2015)

The touch of oak on the nose tends to mask the fresh fruit and the start of the palate is quite tight. The tannins are firm not aggressive but holding back fruit expression. Sweeter at the back there is a little more depth of fruit on the finish. Drinking range: 2026 - 2038 Rating: 85-88 Derek Smedley MW, 2015)

"Fruit and freshness" is how Bruno Borie describes this wine from a single plot to the west of Ducru-Beaucaillou. It tends to be fresher, lighter and more forward, too, and that's the case here, showing soft tannins, easy going summer pudding flavours and silky tannins. Drinking range: 2022 - 2026 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, 2015)

Lots of oyster shell and iodine and currant character with seaweed. Full to medium body, an excellent center palate and a long finish. Fantastic. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, 2015)

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