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I am headed back to the region of my original love of wine today, Bordeaux. This was the region that first got me into wine and to this day is still my favorite. When I got the opportunity to visit the region, it only intensified my love of the region.
There are two main sections of Bordeaux, the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Right Bank is typically primarily Merlot, and the Left Bank is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon. They are always a blend of 5 main grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. My feature today is a wine from the Left Bank. There are about four primary subregions within the Left Bank, St. Estephe, Margaux, Pauillac and St. Julien.
Today I wanted to talk about Chateau Lalande St. Julien 2019. St. Julien is between the two most well-known regions of Margaux and Pauillac. It can be slightly forgotten because of this, but also delivers wines of amazing value. This wine is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. This also has huge scores across the board from almost all the wine critics. 93-points from Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling, 91-points from Wine Spectator and 90-points from Wine Advocate.
"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." -Wine Enthusiast.
Due to the strict laws of the region about what you can do to your vineyards, the weather and vintage are extremely important in Bordeaux. The 2019 vintage was a solid vintage. Not one of the best ever, but still extremely high-quality wines were made. These can be held for many years or enjoyed now with a little decanting time.
Going into the holiday season, I think Bordeaux are excellent wines to bring as gifts. First, they are usually big style reds which are very popular, but also because they work well whether you drink them that night, or if the recipient wants to hold it for a while. Plus, because they are French, they look fancier, and it is harder to determine how much you spent on the bottle. This bottle comes in at only $35! So please check this wine out and of course, check out all the Bordeaux we have to offer!