Bordeaux 2010 New Releases: Batailley and Lalande-Borie

With a public holiday looming in France tomorrow, it seems that the gears have finally engaged and a few more properties are on the move, including the ever-popular Château Batailley and Lalande-Borie, from the team at Ducru-Beaucaillou.

2010 Château Batailley, Cru Classé Pauillac
£300 per case of 12 bottles in bond
Fruits of the forest warmed by the sun tantalise the nose and this Cabernet Sauvignon character leads through to the palate. This has a lovely texture, with good grip from relatively fine tannins and a mineral note, demonstrating the pure gravel terroir of the vineyard.
Drink: 2017-2027

2010 Château Lalande-Borie, St-Julien
£177 per case of 12 bottles in bond
With 30 hectares of vineyards situated next to those of Lagrange (and averaging 40 years old), winemaking expertise straight from over-achieving super-second Ducru-Beaucaillou (and the investment that comes with it), Lalande-Borie is really starting to show great potential. The blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc has produced a lovely wine for medium-term ageing. It is already very approachable and displays a juicy and fresh texture, dominated by black cherries and a hint of red fruits.
Drink: 2015-2025

A full list of released wines can be seen here.

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