Chateau Lalande Saint-Julien 2019
|France, Bordeaux, St. Julien
Bright, intense ruby color. Elegant nose of crushed red black berry fruit, spices and a hint of vanilla. Rich and round in the mouth with a touch of freshness. Soft well-integrated tannins and a long finish.
This estate, one of the relatively few in Saint-Julien that is not classified (and therefore good value), has produced a young and structured wine that is very much in the understated style of Saint-Julien. Its fruits and ripe tannins promise great things. Smoky and rich, the wine will be ready from 2026.
Very expressive, with a forward display of warmed cassis, plum reduction and blackberry compote flavors, which are underscored by licorice root and menthol. Features a ganache coating on the finish, giving it a broad feel. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2023 through 2032.
The 2019 Lalande is performing nicely in bottle, offering up aromas of cassis, dark berry fruit, loamy soil and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety, with lively acids and ripe tannins, it's a nicely balanced, characterful Saint-Julien that's already drinking well.