- James Suckling – (92-93)
A red with lots of blackberry and currant aromas and flavors. Full body, firm tannins and a salty finish. Minerally.
- Wine Advocate – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (88-90)
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
- Wine Spectator – James Molesworth (90-93)
Juicy and inviting in feel, with blueberry and blackberry compote flavors. Shows a good bolt of singed mesquite through the finish. On the showy side and very tasty
- Decanter – Jane Anson (90)
The colour on these wines is wonderful, clearly showing just how easy the extraction was in 2018 – an IPT of 90 in the Lalande Borie has got to be a record. They have handled the wine extremely well this year, showing tension through the palate between beautiful freshness, firm tannins and juicy, appetising fruit. It’s unquestionably powerful, and you are definitely getting a lot of bang for your buck here. Very drinkable. 35hl/ha yield.
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