Saint-Julien produces some of the most delightful wines of the Haut-Médoc. They share the best qualities of neighbours Pauillac and Margaux – structure and elegance. Lalande-Borie 2012 is a fine classic claret, enjoyable too for its impressive value.
Lalande-Borie is owned by the renowned Borie family, whose flagship estate is the Second Growth Château Ducru Beaucaillou. Relatively new for a Médoc estate, it was created when the family bought 18 hectares of vines from Château Lagrange in 1970 and another 12 hectares from other growers. These fine vineyards have gravel and clay soils, which is why the wine has more Merlot than Cabernet. The wine is aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 12 months. Coming from the 2012 vintage, this is not a blockbuster claret but instead pleasingly classic in style. It can be served now, at room temperature, with most meats, from veal and chicken to beef or lamb. It will go beautifully with game and mushroom dishes too as it reaches full maturity.
"Hearty Cabernet with a herbal edge, an elusive smell of flowers, the smooth milky feel of Merlot"
Hugh Johnson Wine Writer