Wine Spectator 91
"Solid, with a very juicy core of lightly mulled plum and blackberry fruit, a polished apple wood note that runs along the edges and a solid, gravel-tinged finish. Sports nice terroir and leaves a mouthwatering feel on the finish."
Wine Enthusiast 91
"Classic, ripe Saint-Julien with all its richness, tempered with elegance. It is deliciously fruity, packed with blackberry fruit surrounding the structure."
James Suckling 91-92
"Blackberries and dark licorice aromas with a full body with velvety tannins and a chocolate, berry and currant character. Intense. So much here."
Neal Martin 90
"Matured in 30% new oak and bottled in June 2012, the Lalande-Borie needs time in the glass before wakening – earthy and dusty at first, but gaining clarity with each swirl. There are subtle notes of blackberry, bilberry and graphite that are very well defined, the oak enmeshed into the fruit profile. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy, generous opening. Cedar-infused brambly red berry fruit occupy the driving seat and there is crisp acidity from start to finish, with just a slight attenuation that should fill out as the wine recovers from bottling. Good potential here, but it deserves an hour decanting."
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The origins of Château Lalande-Borie are very recent: in 1970, Jean Eugène Borie bought a 30 hectare plot in the Saint-Julien appellation, 18 hectares of which belonged to Château Lagrange. The Château was named after its terroir "Lalande", to which Jean Eugene added his name, the Château Lalande-Borie was born.
Today, it is the Jean Eugene Borie company which belongs to Mrs. Borie and her daughter Sabine Coiffe and son Bruno-Eugene, which runs Château Lalande-Borie and Château Ducru Beaucaillou. It only took Château Lalande Borie a couple of years to acquire a great reputation.
An icon of balance and tradition, St. Julien boasts the highest proportion of classed growths in the Médoc. What it lacks in any first growths, it makes up in the rest: five amazing second growth chateaux, two superb third growths and four well-reputed fourth growths. While the actual class rankings set in 1855 (first, second, and so on the fifth) today do not necessarily indicate a score of quality, the classification system is important to understand in the context of Bordeaux history. Today rivalry among the classed chateaux only serves to elevate the appellation overall.
One of its best historically, the estate of Leoville, was the largest in the Médoc in the 18th century, before it was divided into the three second growths known today as Chateau Léoville-Las-Cases, Léoville-Poyferré and Léoville-Barton. Located in the north section, these are stone's throw from Chateau Latour in Pauillac and share much in common with that well-esteemed estate.