The wine's appearance is clear, deep, ruby. The nose is clean, complex, pronounced intensity, dark fruits such as bramble, oak such as toast, vanilla, cedar, herbaceous aromas such as menthol, tertiary notes of leather. It is developing. The palate is dry with medium acidity, medium(+) ripe but grippy tannins, medium alcohol, medium(+) body, pronounced flavours of bramble, vanilla, menthol, leather. The finish is long. Conclusions: Excellent quality. Can drink now, but suitable for further ageing.
Cellared since release, perfect cork and fill. This bottle was given an hour long decant to see if it might develop any more complexity than the last pop and pour. Medium dark red, black cherry, cassis, minerally graphite and hints of wet earth on the nose. Medium body, flavors follow the nose, very pleasant but still no real complexity, fruit fades and is overtaken by tannins on the finish, not sure if the fruit will outlast the tannins, very good, decent QPR.
My Grade: VG+. Medium ruby color. Nose of plums, cassis, vanilla-bean, violets, wet earth and toast. Velvet smooth entry on the palate, followed by good tart black fruit, mineral mid, very well balanced acidity and integrated tannins. Pleasant and easy drinking St. Julian, if a bit lacking in complexity and gravitas.
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(Chateau Lalande-Borie St Julien) Another wine shown at Ducru-Beaucaillou. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Glossy and bright hue. Dark and spiced fruit on the nose here, mulberry and pepper, reserved and a touch earthy-savoury. Fairly supple at the start, dusty but not dry, good ripe and sweet fruit. Nice substance. Quite well hidden acidity and a supple, vin de plaisir style. Good but not exciting.
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