Dark berries with chocolate and lightly toasted oak on the nose. Opens to a full body with silky tannins and a focused and fine finish. Shows tension and beauty. Drink or hold.
Mid crimson, even a little light. Very sweet and perfumed. Floral. Light and lacy. A little too sweet for my taste. 13.49%
Bright ruby in colour with a fleshy and forward nose of blueberry and violets. There is a fantastic lift and spice too. The palate is rounded and fleshy but still bright and fine. The fruit is compact and contained by fine, yielding tannins. There is a hint of spice that just adds a little intriguie to the fine, long finish.
The 2015 Château Lalande-Borie is more perfumed and extroverted compared to the 2016 and gives up lots of ripe black cherry and strawberry fruit characteristics as well as more graphite, spring flowers, earthy minerality and toasted oak. Textured, medium-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, it shines more for its elegance and nuance than power. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years. 2018 - 2038
Sweet ripe fruit the nose has depth the start of the palate is rich. Supple and fleshy on the mid palate the ripe fruits are backed by chocolate richness yet the ripeness is balanced by a mix of fresh black fruits and although lighter at the back the finish is rich and ripe.
Something of a bargain at Ducru-Beaucaillou, this comes from sandier soils in the west of
St. Julien and is correspondingly lighter in style. Smooth and attractive, this is sweet and
appealing but with good underlying tannins and acidity. Drink: 2020-26
Very pure, bright, clean and nicely fruit-driven, the Merlot is crunchy and rather attractive, because while it was very hot
in the Summer, none of the bunches got burnt. The nights managed to keep some semblance of balance and this has
resulted in a lively, crunchy, forward, red-fruited style of wine.
The 2015 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% Merlot. Picked from 26 September until 2-3 October, it has a surprising bouquet: high-toned and exotic for the vintage, very intense cassis and iodine aromas, perhaps needing just a little more complexity to come through, though I am sure it will by the time of bottling. The palate is more controlled at the moment, restores order as it were. The tannins are quite dense, lending weight to this Lalande-Borie, the acidity is nicely judged and the finesse finally comes through towards the finish. Drink 2019 - 2032.
A solid red with dark berry and wet earth aromas and flavor. Full body, chewy tannins yet polished and balanced. Serious concentration for the vintage for this estate.