CHATEAU LALANDE SAINT JULIEN
Château Lalande is made up from 55% Cabernet, 40% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and is perfectly situated between Châteaux Talbot and Lagrange (classified in 1855 as fourth and third growths respectively). This enviable position elevates what is, in fact, a simple petite château to something quite special. Grapes are carefully harvested before being destemmed and crushed and transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasts around 10-15 days, with 7 days maceration. The wine spends 12 months in oak, around 30% of which is new (depending upon the nature of the vintage).
A wine that possesses all the richness and power that you should expect from a classed Saint-Julien estate, but at half the price. Textbook pencil lead, tea chest nose with a well-structured palate of intense cassis fruit and fine-grained tannins.
An absolute must with roast beef or Lamb.