Bright ruby in colour with pure black cherries and light black pepper on the nose. The palate is juicy and crunchy, with ripe black fruits and lightly chalky tannins. There is some exuberance, richness and glossyness here, but it is still a charming, approachable wine that will drink well in its youth.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The 2018 Lalande-Borie is aged for 12 months in 30% new oak with racking ever two or three months. Deep garnet in colour, this has a more opaque bouquet than the Fourcas-Borie with precocious dark cherries and boysenberry notes. There is purity in situ, although it will require some time before the oak is completely subsumed. The palate is ripe and grippy on the entry, a full-bodied and quite muscular Lalande-Borie. It feels heady towards the finish with a fine line of acidity (pH 3.77). It is a Saint-Julien that packs a punch, like many in this vintage, the subtlety is not a concept it is familiar with unlike say, the 2017. Give this four to five years in bottle. Drink 2023-2040.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
The 2018 Lalande-Borie is composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, with a pH of 3.77 and 14.5% alcohol. It is to be aged 12 months in barriques, 30% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gives up gregarious notions of baked black cherries, warm blackberries and cassis with hints of pencil lead, camphor and underbrush plus a waft of Sichuan pepper. Full-bodied with bags of black fruit, it has a plush frame and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy.
|Score: 88/90||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
A red with lots of blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a salty finish. Minerally.
|Score: 92/93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Lalande-Borie is pliant, supple and wonderfully inviting. Bright floral notes perk up the red/purplish berry fruit in a silky, succulent Saint-Julien that will drink well right out of the gate. In the glass, the 2018 is heady and alluring, and yet it retains its classic mid-weight personality and structure. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. The blend is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.
|Score: 90/92||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. Blended end December. 40% new barrels. Barrel sample.
Black core. Dark, ripe and spicy. Lively even though the fruit is so dark it is almost savoury. Dry, firm and still rounded on the finish. (JH) 14.5%
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
(60 Merlot, 40 Cabernet Sauvignon) | 40% new oak for 12 months | 14.5% alc | 3.77 pH | 90 IPT Even though Merlot leads the way it behaves like Cabernet in this wine. As Bruno Borie explained rather cryptically, ‘the Merlot was Médoc before being Merlot’. This is an extraordinary wine with incredible impact and depth and it is a stunning example of Lalande Borie with amazing balance on board already. It will drink soon and then it will age for longer than expected, too. Without doubt the most remarkable Lalande-Borie I have ever seen, this is a superb wine from start to finish.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|