2010 Lalande-Borie, St. Julien

The countdown stands at two days. Two days until The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker releases his impressions of the 2010 Bordeaux vintage. No doubt we’ve all heard a lot about the spectacular back to back vintages of 2009 and 2010, and there’s no denying their quality. The 2009’s wowed us with their charm. Pretty aromas, precocious fruit, sweet tannins, and excellent balance suggest the wines will provide pleasure both in the near term, and for many years to come. 2010 is a different story. Out of barrel, they showed intense concentration, grip, and structure. After tasting them from bottle this past January, there’s no questioning their weight, but they too are showing their charm.

The Wine Spectator and former Spectator Senior Editor/European Bureau Chief, James Suckling have released their impressions of the vintage, and were full of praise. The number of small, lesser known chateaux that received solid reviews is growing and growing, and that is a very positive development. In fact, Robert Parker is on the record stating this about the 2010’s, “There are at least a 100+ wines I think highly about that retail (for) less than $25.” Okay, maybe this wine is exactly $25, but this is the kind of Bordeaux we’re on about here, the 2010 Lalande-Borie.

In 1970, Jean-Eugène Borie (of Ducru Beaucaillou fame) bought around 30 hectares of land in western St. Julien between Lagrange and Talbot and planted on 18 of them. The property remains under the Ducru Beaucaillou umbrella, administered by Jean-Eugène’s son Bruno Borie. Early vintages of Lalande-Borie leaned toward the light side due to the youthful vines. Things are different these days, as the vines are now over 40 years old! We were so impressed by the barrel sample tasted in April 2010 that we decided to carry futures of their 2009. We’re sorry we weren’t able to offer them as in-stock items in our shop, as the futures sold out. Taking that in consideration,when we tasted the 2010 out of barrel in April 2011, we liked it even more! We still have some availability, but at $25, we don’t think futures on this wine will be around much longer.

The Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth had this to say about the 2010 Lalande-Borie from bottle,“Solid, with a very juicy core of lightly mulled plum and blackberry fruit, a polished apple wood note that runs along the edges and a solid, gravel-tinged finish. Sports nice terroir and leaves a mouthwatering feel on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2027. 91 points”

When The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker released his barrel tasting notes at the end of April 2011 he had this to say about the 2010 Lalande-Borie, “Another sleeper of the vintage from Bruno Borie, this 2010 is atypically powerful, rich and concentrated, with loads of sweet black currants, mocha and a hint of caramel. Deep, lush, succulent, and fruit-driven, it is a wine to drink in its first 10-12 years of life. (89-92) points”

Though there’s no guarantee that Mr. Parker’s impressions and score will exceed what he has already said about the wine in its infancy, an educated guess based on the facts we have before us suggest they just might. The countdown stands at two days. – Peter Zavialoff

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