Updated: Dec 1, 2019
Château Lalande d’Auvion
With this wine, we go in Bordeaux, and more precisely in Medoc, one of the most famous areas on the Left Bank of Gironde River. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon is generally the grape dominant in every blend. On the opposite side of the river, in the areas of St Emilion and Pomerol, Merlot is the queen of the grapes. Santé!
The wine colour is a brilliant ruby with a medium to deep intensity. You may find some deposits.
At the beginning to aromas are quite austere, but after swirling smoothly, all the essences of the Cabernet Sauvignon come out… domineeringly! Don’t breathe as it was your last breath, otherwise the volatile part of the alcohol will tickle the nostrils. I can smell a violet that disappears quite soon, overwhelmed by the perfumes of the black fruits. There is also a note of blackcurrant leaf, a really balanced black pepper and elegant liquorice. As secondary aromas, I can find the cedar, toast, charred wood and a note of smoke. As tertiary, I can smell a nice prune and a cooked blackberry. There is also a scent of leather, tobacco and earth.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The tannins are medium plus leaving a good sensation on the palate. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5%), but it is well hidden. I categorize the wine as full body with pronounced flavour intensity and a medium plus finish.
On the palate we find all the aromas already evident to the nose, plus a note of cloves.
This wine is an excellent compromise: reasonably priced and really well made. When it is on sales, then it is a proper bargain. The wine is ready to drink now, but it has potential for ageing. There are enough acidity and tannins to defy time.
Keep always a bottle of this nectar in your cellar!