Tronquoy Lalande 2009

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St Estephe

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Wine Advocate

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 29/02/2012
The 2009 Tronquoy Lalande, a blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Petit Verdot, is the finest wine they have yet produced. It reveals an opulent bouquet of mulberries, blueberries, raspberries and spring flowers, full body, silky tannin, low acidity and a lush, pure mouthfeel. This uncharacteristically round, generous, sumptuous wine should be drinkable early on.

The 2009 Tronquoy Lalande (a blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot) boasts a dense purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of boysenberries, spring flowers, black currants, and a hint of ink, a full-bodied, supple, opulent mouthfeel, and a long finish. It should drink nicely for 10-15 years. (Tasted two times.) This estate, which was acquired by the international telecommunications giant, the French-based Martin Bouygues, has produced their finest wines to date under the guidance of Jean-Bernard Delmas (who made every Haut-Brion between 1961 and 2003). Delmas, who was coaxed out of retirement to apply his enviable talents in St.-Estephe, is a master at attaining sweet tannins, which is always a challenge in this northern appellation. (90-93)

Neal Martin

Tasted at Chateau Montrose, the 2009 has a ripe bouquet with brambly dark fruits, a hint of dark chocolate, graphite and sous-bois coming from the 7% Petit Verdot. The palate has good cohesion and certainly a lot more substance than the Second Wine. Firm, quite grippy tannins, very nice cohesion and focus towards the finish when the Cabernet dominates the Merlot despite it being a lower percentage of the blend (42%.) This is a great wine from Montrose’s “little sister”. Tasted October 2011.

Michael Schuster

[51M/42CS/7PV] Ripe red fruit and marked gravel to smell; firmly tannic, but not coarsely so, plus a fresh acidity; dense, ripe red fruit, moderate complexity and length across the palate, good mineral and fruit persistence - quite powerful to finish actually. Should make a very satisfying Cru Bourgeois in eight years or so. Solid wine, plenty of matter, good length. 2017-25

James Suckling

Big and massive wine for this appellation. Some may say too much but loads of fruit underneath. Full and chewy. Needs two to three years to soften.