Chateau Le Borderon is the second label of Chateau Larrivaux, which has been in the Tesseron family for over 400 years. They also own the iconic Chateau Lafon-Rochet in Saint-Estephe.
Larrivaux is literally a few feet away from the appellation of Saint-Estephe, a very highly respected appellation in Bordeaux. As a result, it can only use the appellation of Haut-Medoc and charge half has much. Is there that much difference in the wine? Absolutely not, but that's how the laws work here.
Just for fun, we blindly tasted all three wines with a few "experts." Lafon-Rochet, Larrivaux and Borderon were sampled and nobody was told what they were. Everyone picked the wines out as Bordeaux and one even guessed Saint-Estephe.
But when asked to guess prices, they were all within a few dollars of each other. When we revealed the prices, everyone took another glass of the Borderon. It's tastings like this which cause you to look differently at each wine. Was the Rochet better? Most said yes. Was it worth twice the price? Everybody said no.
Our find here is made of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Even in its youth, even at this point in its maturation, there is a seamless integration of each varietal making its mark on the wine. The cassis and currant properties are in the aroma and continue on to the palate and through to the superb finish.