Le Petit Ducru - Chateau Lalande-Borie 2018, Saint Julien, France
We were advised recently on this small parcel of Bordeaux. Le Petit Ducru is the new name for Lalande Borie and is produced from vineyards in the west of the commune near Chateau Lagrange plus some declassified Ducru. Since 2015 the wine has found a real personality and charm and also represents one of the best value buys from St Julien. Quite heady with notes of flowers, crème de mûre and minerals. There’s a good attack of plush black fruit, rounded and quite luxurious, palate coating, approachable, and generous with a nice hint of spice from the Petit Verdot. 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 78% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.
2021 - 2031
2018 Bordeaux From The Bottle
The Merlot-dominated 2018 Le Petit Ducru De Ducru-Beaucaillou (there's 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) is another dense ruby/purple-hued effort offering lots of cedar, green tobacco, damp earth, and darker currant-like fruits to go with a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured mouthfeel. It has ripe tannins and plenty of baby fat that hides solid underlying structure. It's well worth seeking out and is going to put a smile on your face any time over the coming decade as well.
2023 - 2038
The 2018 Le Petit Ducru de Ducru-Beaucaillou, to give it its full name, was still "Lalande-Borie" when I tasted it from barrel. Aged for 12 months in 30% new oak, it has a pretty bouquet, less precocious than I remarked back then, with brambly black fruit, crushed rock and a light wilted iris scent. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, the oak now nicely entwined, whereas before I thought that it might take 3–4 years to fully integrate. There is ample ripeness, though this remains classic in style, possessing fine delineation and just the right amount of sapidity to urge you back for another sip.
Tasted by: Jane Anson
(at Bordeaux, 10 Nov 2020)
Drinking Window: 2023 - 2038
Attractive, bright and bristling fruit, from grapes that were small and concentrated after a particularly dry summer in St-Julien, with rain at the right time in September. Things have been well-handled over ageing and this is rippling with life and succulent acidity. Previously known as Lalande-Borie. A yield of 35hl/ha.