2010 Bordeaux Futures: Saint-Julien Value Wines

2010 Bordeaux Futures: Saint-Julien Value Wines

Continuing with our series of posts on 2010 Bordeaux futures value wines, today, we will look at Saint-Julien, which lies just south of Pauillac on the Left Bank.

The Saint-Julien appellation is fairly small with 920 hectares – but about 80% of that land is owned by the classified growth chateaux. Though there are no First Growths in Saint-Julien, the appellation has plenty of big name estates.

Like Pauillac, Saint-Julien’s wines tend to be on the pricier side, but here are a few selections you can pick up for less than $65. (Prices current as of 7/11/2011.)

Chateau Lalande-Borie
With aromas of small red fruits and black plum, the palate is marked by ripe, sweet fruit tones and is textured and supple. Scores include Jancis Robinson (16), and James Suckling (91-92).

Buy now for $27
Les Fiefs de Lagrange
Les Fiefs de Lagrange
This 2nd wine from Chateau Lagrange is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot. Scores include Jancis Robinson (16), Decanter (16) and Wine Spectator (89-92).

Buy now for $28

Chateau Gloria
Chateau Gloria
A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, Gloria is ripe and fresh and expands in a warm, enveloping finish. Scores include Robert Parker (91-93), Jancis Robinson (17), and Wine Spectator (92-95).

Buy now for $52

La Croix de Beaucaillou
La Croix de Beaucaillou
The 2nd wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou and a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. The wine has subtle black fruits balanced by very fresh acidity and a grip of tannin. Scores include Robert Parker (90-92), Jancis Robinson (17), and Decanter (17).

Buy now for $62

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