Château Lalande Borie

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Château Lalande Borie

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The Estate: Château Lalande Borie was founded in 1970 by Jean Eugene Borie on the Lalande terrior to which he added his family name and that he bought that same year from a classified growth in Saint Julien. Château Lalande Borie is located to the west of the Saint Julien appellation. The estate, set in the heart of terroirs of several renowned classified growth, consists of a large single plot of 25 hectares.

The Vines: The 25 hectares of the present vineyard of Château Lalande Borie is planted with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. With a density of 8,500 vines per hectare, the vineyard is managed traditionally (Medoc, double Guyot pruning), while including the latest viticultural techniques including: leaf-thinning my hand, green harvests in summer, partial cover crop, control yields and application of sustainable phytosanitary treatments.

Vinification: At Château Lalande Borie, all the grapes are harvested manually. Sorting is carried out directly in the vines on mobile tables to avoid contact between unhealthy and healthy grapes during transport to the vat room. Alcoholic fermentation is managed at relatively low temperatures (between 26-28°C) to optimize the fruity aromas of the wine. Pumping-over is gentle to avoid extracting too many tannins and obtain a pleasant fattiness. Malolatic fermentation of the free run wine and the press-wine (pneumatic pressing takes place in vats for optimal control. The wine is barrelled in Bordeaux barrels (French oak) immediately after blend selection with 20-30% new barrels according to the vintage. Bottling is performed with special care in regard to both oenological controls and homogenisation of the overall final wine.

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