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Chateau Lalande Borie History, Overview
Similar to what has taken place in Bordeaux for centuries, Chateau Lalande Borie took its name from its owner, Jean Eugene Borie. If the Borie name sounds familiar to you, it should as they own numerous vineyards in the Medoc.
The owner of Lalande Borie, Bruno Borie, is the owner of several estates in Saint Julien, and in the Haut-Medoc appellation. However, he is most famous for owning Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. Bruno Borie manages the estate along with his sister, Sabine Coiffe.
Chateau Lalande Borie is a relatively new estate in the Medoc. The vineyard was initially created when the Borie family purchased 18 hectares of vines from Chateau Lagrange in 1970. To that, they added 12 more hectares of vines from various other growers, some of which needed planting.
Things changed with the 2018 vintage when the estate was renamed Le Petit Ducru.
Chateau Lalande Borie Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 25-hectare, Left Bank vineyard is planted to 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel and clay soils. The clay in the soil is part of the reason that today, you find more Merlot in the vineyard. Previously the Cabernet Sauvignon occupied 65% of the vineyard makeup.
The vineyard is well placed in the western part of the St. Julien appellation. It is situated inland, not too far from Chateau Lagrange, Chateau Talbot, and Chateau Gruaud Larose. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 8,500 vines per hectare.
To produce the wine of Chateau Lalande Borie, the wine is vinified in temperature-controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks. The wine is then aged in an average of 25% new, French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. On average, the production is close to 12,000 cases of wine per year at Chateau Lalande Borie.
Lalande Borie, was an important winery for Bruno Borie because that is where he often experimented with new techniques, before introducing them to Ducru Beaucaillou.
Lalande Borie ceased to exist after the 2018 vintage. It was replaced by Le Petit Ducru de Ducru-Beaucaillou.
The best vintages of Chateau Lalande Borie are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
When to Drink Chateau Lalande Borie, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Lalande Borie can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 or so, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Chateau Lalande Borie is usually better with at least 3-7 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Lalande Borie offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 5-12 years of age after the vintage.
Serving Chateau Lalande Borie with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Lalande Borie is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Lalande Borie is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Lalande Borie is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.
Chateau Lalande Borie is a fine, correct, easy to like, early-drinking, Saint Julien wine with character and style, that is well priced for savvy consumers.
Château Lalande-Borie Wine Tasting Notes
15 Vintages 84,213 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Black cherries, and flowers with a hint of licorice on the backend of the nose. The medium-bodied wine is soft, forward, fresh, and fruity, with cocoa-dusted black raspberries, and a hint of peppery spice on the chalky back end of the finish. The wine blends 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2025-2035. 91-93 Pts.
2,296 Views Tasted May 8, 2023
Flowers and black raspberry aromas show up with ease in the perfume. On the palate, the medium-bodied wine is soft, forward, sweet and fresh. The wine finishes with a touch of dark chocolate and red plums in the endnote. Drink from 2023-2032. 89-91
2,049 Views Tasted May 20, 2022
Leafy, spicy nuances with red fruits and tobacco nuances are all over the place here on the nose and fresh, fruity palate. This is ready to go. You can think of it as a baby Ducru Beaucaillou, as it is essentially the third wine of Ducru. Drink from 2023-2031. Drink from 2023-2032.
1,045 Views Tasted Aug 21, 2023
Tobacco, spice and red fruits come forward easily. Medium-bodied, soft, supple, fresh and forward define this wine. This charmer is already a pleasure to drink, you can think of it as a baby Ducru Beaucaillou, as it is essentially the third wine of Ducru. 90-92 Pts
3,379 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Medium-bodied, forward, elegant and already showing a nice Saint Julien character, the wine offers fresh, red currants, touches of tobacco leaf, cedar, and licorice. Soft in texture, with loads of sweet red berries in the finish, this is perfect for ordering in bistros and for drinking over the next 12-15 years. Drink from 2023-2032.
2,520 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2022
A new name and identity for Lalande de Borie, this well-priced Saint Julien is loaded with black currants, earth, herbs, tobacco leaf, round, ripe tannins and a juicy, red fruit character that will drink well early, and yet, also has the ability to age for 12 - 15 years. The wine blends 60% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot reaching 14.2% ABV.
4,641 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Forward, elegant, medium-bodied and ready to go, here you find ample, spicy currants, tobacco lea and earthy nuances. The wine is round, charming and perfect for consumption over the next decade or so.
2,516 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
It is hard to find a better value in the Left Bank than Lalande-Borie. Forward, open, ripe and already expressing its fruity side, the flowery, sweet, earthy red fruits and soft, round textures with just a hint of licorice and smoke really hits the spot. The wine blends 60% Merlot with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. 89-91 Pts
3,259 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
On the fresh side, the fruit melts in your mouth with accents of cocoa and black cherries delivered in a round, open and accessible style. This medium-bodied charmer is ready to go.
3,109 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Smoky plum and chocolate aromatics make it fun to go nose to nose with this wine. Juicy, round, polished fruits and sweetness, silky tannins and an open personality make this a delicious wine to drink on release or age for a bit. Soft textures and a blast of chocolate with loads of plum and cherry in the endnote make this a fine Bordeaux value wine.
5,069 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
Early, uncomplicated, fruity, soft textured medium bodied drinkability is what this wine is all about.
3,257 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
Sweet, round fruits, soft textures and a blast of chocolate covered cherry, plum and licorice that drinks well young and it sells for a fair price. What more can you ask for in a value Bordeaux wine? 87-89 Pts
3,182 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2016
Medium-bodied, soft and fresh, this wine has notes of blackberry and cocoa and is already showing its open personality. This should be ready to drink on release. 88-90 Pts
3,646 Views Tasted Apr 16, 2015
From 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc, the ruby-colored wine has a light style and focuses on cherries, licorice and red berries. Drink this over the first 2-4 years of life. 85-87 Pts
2,934 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
Already showing earthy, tobacco secondary notes, this medium bodied, easy drinking wine will be best in its first 5 years of life.
2,518 Views Tasted May 15, 2015
Blending 53% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.10% ABV with a pH of 3.70. With a hint of oak, licorice and blackberry, the medium-bodied wine is open, forward, soft and approachable, ending with sweet black cherries and a hint of jam. The wine will be aged in 30% new French oak for 12 months. 86-88 Pts
2,850 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2013
Blending 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, reaching 13.1% ABV. The wine will be aged in 27% new oak for one year. On the nose, oak, boysenberry, licorice and earthy scents are found with coaxing. Soft-textured, round and open, this crowd-pleasing wine ends with sweet cassis and licorice on the finish. 88-90 Pts
3,797 Views Tasted Apr 13, 2012
Fresh, jammy strawberry and cocoa notes open to a forward, delicious, black cherry filled with enough style and substance to make this one of the top value wines of the vintage.
5,434 Views Tasted May 7, 2014
Lalande Borie - Sweet cassis, licorice, blackberry and oak in the nose. This medium/full bodied wine ends with a blackberry/boysenberry filled finish.
5,795 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2012
2010 Lalande Borie – Produced from a vineyard purchased from Lagrange in the 70’s, this soft, pleasant, easy to like and appreciate, blackberry and black cherry filled wine should offer pleasure on release. 89-90 Pts
5,573 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2011
Cocoa, black cherry, earth and sweet blackberry scents open to a soft textured, medium bodied wine with supple textures in a forward style that offers pleasure today and for the next ten years.
6,885 Views Tasted Mar 29, 2012
At full maturity, while smooth and easy drinking, there is no reason to age this any longer, as it now requires consumption.
3,386 Views Tasted Jun 28, 2015
Soft, round, open and filled with ripe, delectable fruit at a fair price, what more could you want from a 2005 Bordeaux wine?
5,073 Views Tasted May 1, 2012