The 2008 vintage of Chateau Lalande-Borie from Saint-Julien situated in the left bank of Bordeaux is a very good wine for its price point. The wine embraces its attractive medium intensity aroma of cigar box (which persisted for several days), black fruit, metal filings and cedar.
The palate initially was an exercise in easy drinking claret, but then firmed with medium-high tannins which proved both ripe and flavoursome, seasoned with sprinklings of spice. This wine may well age for a few years yet but is ready to drink now, and will appeal to those seeking a fairly typical Saint-Julien wine, without the price tag. 87 points
Price: mid $30s
Tasted: December 2011