Easy drinking. For the beginning had some typical Bordeaux aromas but in the glass when opened up it developed overwhelming black cherry aromas. Misleadingly giving the idea about hot climate. Maybe it is just due to the summer 2005. Wouldn't classify as typical Bordeaux. Would recommend for beginners as could be labelled as "tasty" due to nice aftertaste and medium ripe tannins
Lovely smooth medium-bodied bordeaux. Nice notes of fruit and spice.
A fairly rich wine of of spice and berries, a good mouth full and feel, cedar, with a bit of iron, and cocoa. Decent complexity and length. I need to revist this one again, as the jury is still out. I caught a bit of iron and plum that may not be a regular showing for this wine. On any account, this wine had some substance and was drinking well enough as of April, 2010.
Good spice, evergreen and licorice. Ripe plum.
This wine is really what the new age St Julian is all about & what a great explosion of fruit,smooth tannins & some complexity in layers as the wine opens up over 1 hour in the decanter. As the Borie legends have proven with their impressive track record with 2003,2005 Ducru Beaucalliou & recently La Croix Beaculliou 2005,the Chateau Lalande Borie can only develop into a class act. This is why we have given 4 glass up to this quality & great value Bordeaux.Enjoy.
Two and a half glasses
External Reviews for Château Lalande-Borie
Saint-Julien is a small region in Bordeaux nestled between Paulliac and Margaux. The wines there are made primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon usually blended with small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Chateau Lalande has an enticing aroma of violets and dark berries. The quality of the wine shows through upon tasting with juicy blackberries currant and a mild earthiness. A nice balance of weight fruit oak and tannins makes it a versatile wine for food pairing. This wine is definitely at its peak and ready to drink although it could still be cellared for a couple more years. Serve with filet mignon with Béarnaise sauce and sautéed mushrooms.
RP: A sleeper of the vintage as well as the finest wine I have yet tasted from this estate. Borie has turned out a graceful, charming, seductive St.-Julien possessing a dense purple color and sweet cassis fruit intermixed with forest floor, spice box, and earth characteristics. This is a beauty to drink over the next decade. Lalande-Borie is made by Ducru Beaucaillou�s proprietor, Bruno Borie.