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.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Lalande-Borie has a clean and composed bouquet with blackberry, cedar and light floral tones, well defined and perhaps one of the prettiest that I have encountered in recent years. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious with neatly embroidered new oak. I admire the precision here and that graphite seam toward the finish lends both freshness and an almost Pauillac-like personality. Excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2020 - 2035.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
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.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
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.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The 2015 Lalande-Borie is gracious, understated and classy. There is lovely aromatic lift to perk up the dark red and purplish berry flavors. Silky, medium in body and gracious, Lalande-Borie shows the more feminine side of Saint-Julien to great effect. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. I would prefer to drink the 2015 over the next handful of years. 2018 - 2025
|Score: 90||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 Lalande-Borie is an attractive, mid-weight Saint-Julien to drink over the next handful of years, while the fruit retains its freshness. This is an especially lithe, feminine Saint-Julien built on grace more than power from iron and sand-rich soils on the western side of the appellation. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 88/90||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Mid crimson, even a little light. Very sweet and perfumed. Floral. Light and lacy. A little too sweet for my taste. 13.49%
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
This wine is made by the Ducru Beaucaillou team from vines situated inland near Talbot and Lagrange. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright ruby colour with a floral, red cherry nose. The palate is bright with crunchy cherry fruit and a little hint of clove spice. This is juicy, soft and approachable, and will provide delicious early drinking.
|Score: 15+||Farr Vintners, April 2016|
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
|Score: 90||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
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.
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
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
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
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.
|Score: 16.5+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|