Blackberries and dark licorice aromas with a full body with velvety tannins and a chocolate, berry and currant character. Intense. So much here. jamessuckling.com
James SucklingScore: 91-92/100
The deep purple 2010 Lalande-Borie offers up notes of ripe blackberries, plums, blackberries and cedar, followed by a wonderful array of generous spicy fruit flavours underpinned by ripe tannins This wine benefited from very severe selection, resulting in only 14,000 cases against the average 16,000. The wine received 35% new oak, and was a blend of 50% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. asianpalate.com
Jeannie Cho Lee MWScore: 90-92/100
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc delivering 13.95% alcohol and a pH 3.71. The nose is a little taciturn at first with blackberry, a touch of cassis, a hint of espresso and minerals. Good definition. The palate is full-bodied with fine but sturdy tannins, very nice focus with a refined, nicely poised, very pure finish where the Cabernet lends a touch of graphite and cedar. This is a very fine Lalande-Borie that might be over-shadowed by Ducru. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com
Neal MartinScore: 90-92/100
Milk chocolate and cherry on the nose. Nicely light on its feet. Fresh and cocoa at the end. All framed by nice chunky tannin.
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. winecellarinsider.com
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar InsiderScore: 89-90/100
Lalande Borieis made of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and suggesting early enjoyable drinking.
Ivor DaviesScore: 16/20
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot. 40-year-old vines. In the west of St-Julien, between Lagrange and Talbot bought by Jean Eugene Borie in 1970 as land not vineyard. Dark sand with some iron. Very sweet and round and rich. A bit taut on the end. Very firm and sinewy. Dry finish. Very firm indeed. jancisrobinson.com
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 16/20
I found some bottle variation when tasting this wine, but at its best, this is a delicious blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. Coming from a 75-acre vineyard further inland than the riverside Ducru Beaucaillou (same owners), this wine offers up plenty of fruit, soft tannins, and decent acidity. It is potentially a sleeper of the vintage if it shows as well as the best bottles did. Drink it over the next decade. Feb 2013, www.robertparker.com
Robert ParkerScore: 87/100