Château-Lalande-Borie Saint Julien 2014
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Julien|
Barrel Sample. This wine has the dusty tannins that are typical of the vintage. Ripe red plums and berries are combined with refreshing acidity on the palate, and lead to a structured and dense finish.
Fleshy and relatively open-knit in feel, with a pronounced bay and menthol lead-in to the core of warmed cassis and blackberry confiture notes. A dusting of charcoal adds texture on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2026.
The 2014 Lalande-Borie is one of those wines you want to give a gentle kick up the backside. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this Saint Julien, but it seems to be coasting, not putting in the effort to please you or I. It offers light leafy, brambly red berry fruit on the nose, nicely defined but missing a little intensity. Likewise the palate is balanced and quite elegant, yet I was seeking more body and greater sense of energy on the finish. As such, I would be drinking this over the next seven or eight years, no longer.