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A Pair of Top-Selling 2009 Bordeaux: Larrivet Haut-Brion & Tronquoy-Lalande - 12/27/2017 - Red Bordeaux

Hailing from the historic the 2009 vintage is the big and luscious 2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion. Robert Parker was so impressed with this stunner, he noted, “this outstanding wine is a sleeper of the vintage and well worth buying.” This is high praise indeed, and given its sub-$40 price tag, it is a super sharp buy that shouldn’t be missed. The 2009s are really coming into their own with the Larrivet now entering its optimal drinking window. Expressive, perfectly composed, and a true delight, you’ll want to pop a bottle now and cellar a few more to enjoy over the the next two decades. Bordeaux values like this one are becoming increasingly rare, so scoop up this charmer up now before it’s gone.

Another great buy from 2009 is the $39.99, 94 point Tronquoy-Lalande. Robert Parker was so taken by the opulent and expressive bottling, that he dubbed it as the “finest” ever produced at this ascendent property. A quick scan of the tasting notes below will reveal this isn’t a Tronquoy-Lalande of old, but rather a youthful and bombastic version that isn’t afraid to strut its stuff. This falls squarely in the camp of those Bordeaux that appeal to Old World and New World fans equally; it is fun and playful, while still possessing the gravitas one would expect from the team at Montrose. (It is also worth noting that Montrose, which is a mere stone’s throw from this property, earned two 100 point scores for their 2009). This bottle pretty much has it all: big points, an impeccable pedigree, a famed appellation, an unbelievable price, and a profile with very broad appeal. What more can you ask for? 2009s are quickly disappearing from the market and with the growing interest in this estate, we expect this parcel to fly.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan 93 >48 $39.99 View
2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe 94 >48 $39.99 View


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2009 Larrivet Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan ($39.99)

93 points James Suckling: "A wine with lots of juicy fruit with animal and sous bois character. Decadent. Full and velvety. Goes on for a long time. Wild and delicious. Hard not to drink." (07/2012)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Big, ripe fruits, full of sweet tannins and exotic spice. Balanced, just an extra hint of ripeness. (RV)" (08/2010)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This broad, mouthfilling red delivers linzer torte, blackberry preserves and mulled fig notes laced with black tea, bittersweet cocoa and anise accents. The long, fleshy finish has a mouthwatering peppery hint. Approachable, but will cellar well enough. (JM)" (03/2012)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sensational wine from this Pessac-Leognan estate, the 2009 possesses notes of charcoal, graphite, roasted herbs, truffles, spice box, and luxurious quantities of black currant and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, impressively endowed. and well under the radar for most consumers, this outstanding wine is a sleeper of the vintage and well worth buying. It should drink well for 15 or more years. (RP)" (02/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Red-ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, strawberry, mocha and smoky roasted herbs; a southern style of Bordeaux. Supple, sweet and elegant, with ripe, expressive flavors of red fruits, mocha and herbs complicated by leather and underbrush. Harmonious ripe acidity gives lift to this sexy wine. Finishes with a saline quality and lovely length. Drink over the next 12 to 15 years. One of my sentimental favorites in 2009. (ST)" (07/2012)

K&L Notes: Originally a quite large property called Château de Canolle, the estate was reduced in size several times, went through a number of owners and changed its name in the 1870s to "Haut-Brion-Larrivet," oddly close to the name of their first-growth neighbor Château Haut-Brion, but in fact with no connection at all. After some tussles with their neighbors and some legal battles over the use of the name "Haut-Brion" the estate became known by its current name, Château Larrivet Haut-Brion. Purchased in 1988 by the Gerverson family (of Bonne Maman fruit jams) the estate has made marked improvements in quality, and it shows in their consistently good reception and reviews. The estate lingers under the radar just a bit and was not included in the 1855 classifications, but their wines are well worth exploration by Graves fans. The red vineyards are planted to 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the white vineyards to 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 09, 2017

This property always flies under the radar and is becoming one of my favs from the region. I much prefer their red to their white. We have sold over 1000 cases of this and we just got a bit more. 2009 is my favorite vintage since 1945.. I have a case of magnums in my cellar. That means you should buy some. Decant one hour. Sweet and sexy. Re-tasted on 12/10/17-so good it is sinful. Sweet and round-no edges-all fruit.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 07, 2017

This lively, sweet and complex wine starts with smoky and crunchy dark currant fruit, spiced berries and raspberry liqueur. This is thick and deep with a touch of tar and ash complimenting the rolls of fruit on the long mineral finish. outstanding for the money.

Staff ImageJacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 15, 2015

This Pessac-Léognan is a remarkable effort, and for sure one of the best wines I have tasted this year, so far. It is full bodied, and not shy on the palate, with beautiful notes of truffles, plums, coffee, currant jam, espresso beans and mocha. Outstanding.

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2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe ($39.99)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "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. *Top 100 Wines of 2012* (RV)" (04/2012)

92 points 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." (07/2014)

91 points 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)" (02/2012)

90-91 points John Gilman: "The 2009 Tronquoy-Lalande is excellent and clearly shows director Jean Delmas commitment to produce traditional styles of wines at the properties he has been wooed out of retirement to run. The bouquet is deep, complex and very pure, as it offers up notes of sappy black cherries, cassis and dark berries, tobacco, French roast, woodsmoke, gravel and a touch of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite structured, with a rock solid core, firm, chewy tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and still very primary finish. This is a beautiful bottle of Ste. Estephe in the making and clearly shows the steady hand of Monsieur Delmas. (Drink between 2020-2045) 90-91+" (04/2010)

Wine Spectator: "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. (JM)" (03/2012)

K&L Notes: Neal Martin for Wine Advocate: "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'." (06/2012)

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 15, 2017

We at K&L certainly respect the great second growth Château Montrose, the masculine, stoic pillar of a wine that never wavers. But the huge buzz coming from Montrose these days is all about the other wine they make there, located about 100 yards away: Château Tronquoy-Lalande. Very few wines in my 38 years here have had such a meteoric rise in popularity and its all about great taste! The 2009 Tronquoy-Lalande is just loaded with delicious, deep, purple-blue fruitI wish I could have this wine in stock forever! Hundreds of cases already sold and its our last shot at this beauty.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: April 23, 2016

This lush, warm and gentle wine will surprise anyone expecting classic St-Estephe firmness. Smooth, sweet, ripe chocolate cherry Merlot flavors fan out across the satin textured mid-palate before the faintest hint of fine, gentle tannins carry the long finish. Almost opulent and very easy to drink.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: June 11, 2015

This wine is stunning. The little brother of Tronquoy Lalande and owned by the Montrose people, this wine is packed with fruit-lots of cassis on the palate. Smooth, sweet, and delicious. Last cases available and they will sell out quickly.