The 2016 Lalande-Borie has a much more backward, introspective bouquet than the Fourcas-Borie, displaying earthy, tobacco-infused black fruit that refuses to come out and play. The palate is rounded on the entry with supple tannin and a fine bead of acidity. Quite minerally in style, leading to a fresh finish. Allow this four or five years in bottle and it will offer a decade of drinking pleasure. Drink 2023-2036.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Lalande-Borie is a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, delivering 13.66% alcohol and matured in 30% new oak and the remainder oneyear old. There is something almost clinical about the nose, very pure, no frills (at the moment), hints of crushed violet emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and cohesive, citrus-like freshness from start to finish with a long and velvety blueberry and blackberry finish. This is very polished and it should give plenty of drinking pleasure for several years. Drink 2021 - 2035.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
The 2016 Lalande-Borie is deep garnet-purple colored, offering up cassis, earth and spice box on the nose with touches of kirsch and tea. The palate is medium-bodied, firm and grainy with nice vibrancy. Drink date 2019 - 2029.
|Score: 89||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim), November 2018|
This is very linear and refined with tight-grained tannins and blackberry and blackcurrant character. Shows such finesse and beauty. One of best from here in a long time.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Lalande-Borie is dark, powerful and ample, with an extra kick of concentration and brooding power that has developed during élevage. Blackberry jam, cloves, menthol, chocolate and espresso all meld together. This is a decidedly potent Saint-Julien, with quite a bit more intensity than it showed from barrel. Drink 2022-2036.
|Score: 91||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, January 2019|
The 2016 Lalande-Borie is plump, juicy and forward. Sweet tobacco, grilled herbs, menthol, black cherry and earthy notes give the 2016 its distinct savory profile. This midweight, attractive Saint-Julien will drink well with minimal cellaring. The significant presence of Merlot gives the wine its fleshy, seductive personality. Tasted two times.
|Score: 90/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Rich and very lively on the nose. Real freshness and raciness. Beautiful wine! Really vibrant and rich. But with masses of energy. Just very slightly dry on the end. But such a charmer! GV 13.66%
|Score: 17.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This wine is made by the Ducru Beaucaillou team from vines situated inland near Talbot and Lagrange. 30% new oak for 12 months, with a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Menthol and cherry on the nose with a hint of wood smoke. The palate is firm, showing its Cabernet fruit with blackcurrent and pencil shavings and a tight structure. Fleshing out through to the finish, this should integrate nicely over the next year and prove accessible from an early age once bottled.
|Score: 15+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
Another winner from the genius of Bruno Borie, the 2016 Lalande-Borie is a wine savvy readers should seek out. My money is on it being the best to date, and it also shows how successful Saint-Julien was in 2016. Offering loads of pure cassis, violets, and sappy herb aromas and flavors, this beauty is all elegance and purity on the palate, with fine tannins, medium to full-bodied richness, impressive depth of fruit, and a great finish. It’s drinkable today and will be drinkable in 15-20 years as well. The blend is 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon raised in 30% new French oak. Drink 2019-2039.
|Score: 92||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019|
What should be a step up over the 2015, the 2016 Château Lalande-Borie is an outstanding barrel sample based on 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its perfumed bouquet of cassis, violets, mineral and background oak is followed by a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated 2016 that has ripe tannin and notable acidity. It’s a pretty, balanced, concentrated Saint-Julien that will need 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for two decades. 2022 - 2042
|Score: 90/92||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The fruit is ripe the nose has depth the palate a rich mix of black fruits. The mid palate has a balancing freshness bramble under the firmer black cherry and although sweet at the back the finish lighter and fresh. 2025-39
|Score: 89/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Sourced from the western part of the vineyard at Ducru-Beaucaillou, this is serious, concentrated stuff: “our most powerful yet”, says Bruno Borie. Plush, oaky and compact with lots of fine, but dense tannins and a refreshing finish that arrives late on the palate. 2022-30
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 33% new oak. 3.67pH. This wine is packed with generous fruits and some lovely, deep tannins that are both flexible and fresh. The vines for this wine are 13ha on the western side of the appellation near La Mouline river, made up of sandy soils with extremely fine gravels. Again, this shows that you can find quality and value at every level in St-Julien in 2016.
Drinking Window 2025 - 2038
|Score: 90||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|