|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot|
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, www.vinous.com(May 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, www.vinous.com(Apr 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 OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2015)
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