2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
* Top 100 Wines of 2012 * The tannins are very fine, with rich fruitcake and smoky flavors. Red berry and black plums give a fruity character, along with delicious acidity. The wine is structured while still remaining very approachable.
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.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby-purple. Very refined, classic Bordeaux aromas of violet, cedar and graphite; the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon really dominate the Merlot. Sweet, ripe red berry fruit shows an almost liqueur-like creaminess, but a peppery element and good underlying minerality lend grip to the finish, which features slightly dry, mouthcoating tannins and nice cedary persistence. A very successful wine that calls for a few years of cellaring and should drink well until 2025.
This is smoky and fleshy, with solid plum, baked fig and dark cherry preserves flavors, followed by hints of cedar and roasted tobacco that should emerge more with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2019.
1/2*V Black fruit and licorice. This wine demonstrates great complexity and length. Terrific value!