In a nutshell: A very attractive, plump and juicy Claret from the left bank village of Saint Julien.
The lowdown: Bruno Borie continues to produce a real class acts from this very reliable château. This is a wine with a deep and complex nose of dark fruits, currants, liquorice and herby notes; a medium-full body, with fine, ripe, and silky tannins with great structure and balance. Towards the end there are notes of sweet tobacco on the long and lingering finish.
When to drink: This is a seriously good claret at a modest price that is drinking well now but can keep for another 10 years or so.
A relative newcomer among the Châteaux of Saint-Julien Lalande-Borie has only been around since 1970 having been created from vineyards purchased from Château Lagrange and other growers. It sits in the western half of the appellation neighbouring Lagrange, Talbot and Gruaud Larose. Its owner is Jean Eugene Borie and it's managed by Bruno Borie and his sister Sabine Coiffe. Bruno is also the owner of another of Saint-Julien's top estates, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou.
The vineyard itself extends to a little over 25 hectares and is on a mix of gravel and clay. 40% of the plantings are of Merlot and while this is probably more than most Médoc properties and is due to the proportion of clays soils found there.
Despite its relative youth Lalande-Boire has established for itself a pretty solid reputation. The vineyard and winemaking team are highly respected with their likeable and generally well priced wines.