Chateau Lalande-Borie 2016

Chateau Lalande-Borie 2016

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Wine Spectator: 93
Vivid and racy cassis, blueberry puree and damson plum coulis flavors show serious cut and drive, while mouthwatering bramble and sweet tobacco notes fill in. Best from 2023 through 2036. 10,000 cases made.
Wine Advocate: 89
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.
Decanter: 91
From vines a little further away for the river than Ducru, this shows beautiful balance - a lovely lighter style of St-Julien in a year where much of the appellation is extremely intense and closed down right now, and will need at least a decade. There really is a place for a wine like this in the vintage. It shows some austerity but offers excellent drinking potential over the next four to ten years. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
This elegant, balanced wine offers both great structure and also black-currant fruits. The dry core indicates the potential of this wine with its ripe flavors and great freshness at the end.
Vinous: 92
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.
James Suckling: 93
Attractive, ripe cabernet fruit on the nose, this has aromas of blackberries and blueberries with a dark, slate-like, stony edge. The palate is very succulent and has good intensity of purple berries and assertive, grainy tannins that really power into the finish. This is a great value 2016 St.-Julien. Try from 2023.