Château Lalande is made up from 55% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and is perfectly situated between Châteaux Talbot and Lagrange (classified in 1855 as fourth and third growths respectively). This enviable position elevates what is in fact a simple petite château to something quite special. Grapes are carefully harvested before being destemmed and crushed and transfered to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasts around 10-15 days, with 7 days maceration. The wine spends 12 months in oak, around 30% of which is new (depending upon the nature of the vintage).
A wine that possesses all the richness and power that you should expect from a classed Saint-Julien estate, but at half the price. Textbook pencil lead, tea chest nose with a well structured palate of intense cassis fruit and fine grained tannins.
An absolute must with roast beef.
|Grape||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc|
|Style||Dry, Full Bodied, Oak Aged, Spice, Floral, Dark Cherry Fruit,|
There is a story of a senior doctor writing a reference for one of his juniors in his hospital unit. "Give this doctor a good reference- never! I want to keep him on my team."
Well, I feel a bit like this when reviewing this lovely Bordeaux. I fear that if I told it like it is, then Aitkens would be sold out of it and there would be none left for me. An added bonus is that it is great straight from the bottle with little need for decanting (though I still do). A great good solid claret that should please anyone who enjoys Bordeaux-style wines.
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