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2009 Bordeaux - Newly Arrived Gems from a Celebrated Vintag - 01/03/2018 - Red Bordeaux

We continue to be in awe of the sheer splendor the 2009 Bordeaux vintage delivers. Singular in its power, concentration, and longevity, it truly is a vintage that lives up to the hype. Given this, at K&L we continue to work directly with our negociants and the chateau to bring as many of these treasures to market as we can. A recently arrived parcel features a quintet of 2009s gems you won’t want to miss. From the 92-point, “big, back-strapping” Grand Pontet to the 94-Point Malartic-Lagravière, which Parker dubbed as “one of the finest wines that the estate has ever produced,” this set has something for every Bordeaux collector. Given the strong press and unwavering demand for 2009s, fewer and fewer are available, making offers like this increasingly rare. This is an outstanding opportunity to stock-up on a vintage of a lifetime and at super sharp prices.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe 94 $39.99 View
2009 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion 92 $49.99 View
2009 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac 94 $59.99 View
2009 Lagrange, St-Julien 94 $59.99 View
2009 Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan 94 $64.99 View


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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.

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2009 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion ($49.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 70% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has an opaque purple color and a sweet nose of vanillin, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and kirsch liqueur intermixed with blacker fruits such as cassis. It is rich, full-bodied, moderately tannic, but low in acidity and quite heady and powerful (15% natural alcohol). This impressive wine is a big, back-strapping effort to drink over the next 15+ years. Produced by Sylvie Pourquet, the sister of Gerard and Dominique Becot, this St.-Emilion grand cru classe comes from a 35-acre vineyard that consistently makes top flight wines, but I dont think they have ever made one as impressive as their 2009." (02/2012)

Wine Spectator: "Rounded, lush style, with opulent spice and mocha notes followed by creamy, forward fig sauce, plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Very polished, accessible finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2012)"

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2009 Haut-Bages-Libéral, Pauillac ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "Pretty nose of blueberries, currants and blackberries, follows through to a full body, with ultra-refined tannins and polished, caressing texture. Very refined and long. Perhaps the best ever from here. Try after 2018." (03/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Probably the finest Haut-Bages Liberal since the 1982, this beautifully rich wine has an inky purple color, a big, sweet kiss of creme de cassis, incense, some background spicy oak and forest floor. Its gorgeous fruit, full-bodied opulence, impressive purity, expansive texture and broad, savory finish make for a terrific wine to drink over the next 25+ years. (RP)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "As so often, the wine is foursquare, tough and dark. It has powerful tannins with the weight of fruit well behind at this stage, structure to the front. It needs several years to come into balance. (RV)" (02/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator: "Singed bay leaf and briar notes run along the edges, with ripe, almost sappy blackberry, black cherry and currant fruit leading to a finish of tobacco and olive. Latent grip hangs through the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JM)" (03/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, bitter chocolate and spicy oak. Sweet, rich and vinous, with harmonious acidity giving shape and grip to the fine-grained flavors of dark berries, cedar, smoke and leather. Good structure and energy here. This firmly built wine spreads out nicely on the lingering aftertaste. A big success for this property. (ST)" (07/2012)

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 17, 2014

*V At UGC: A very ripe wine, with mint and orange zest undertones. Exotic to a point. Samples were variable.

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2009 Lagrange, St-Julien ($59.99)

94 points James Suckling: "This is very reserved right now but shows impressive blueberry and blackberry character. Its full- bodied, with a super density of fruit and ripe tannins. Wait until 2017." (07/2014)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe wine, with soft tannins allied to great density. Weight and lovely, juicy, final fruit flavors meld together easily. This is solid, dense, impressive and for long-term aging. (RV)" (02/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated medium ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, licorice, menthol and cedar. Tightly wound, classic and intense, with sharply delineated flavors of dark berries, violet and minerals complemented by well-integrated oak. Dense, suave Saint-Julien wine with a very fresh, slightly austere finish. With its solid structure and excellent length, this will require at least five or six years of cellaring. A superb vintage for this property. (ST)" (07/2012)

91 points Wine & Spirits: "Saturated with the warm ripeness of the 2009 vintage, this is well upholstered rather than hyperripe. Its plump blueberry and currant flavors feel concentrated, completely integrating the oak so that the tannins are cushioned rather than extracted. Its vintage character shows in caramelized notes at the end of the wine, in spice that builds out of the warmth. Enjoyable now with roast duck, this will gain complexity as it ages." (10/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator: "This has a solid core of juicy plum, red currant and blackberry fruit that sits in reserve, while mouthwatering briar and toasty spice notes move along the edges. Grippy and focused through the finish, with well-embedded acidity. Best from 2013 through 2024. (JM)" (03/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tightly knit, oaky and rich, with formidable concentration, but broodingly backward and not showing the charm and concentration of the top wines of St.-Julien, this 2009 from Lagrange is still an outstanding effort that has length, richness and character. It should be cellared for a good 5-6 years and then consumed over the following 25 years. (RP) 90+" (02/2012)

K&L Notes: *½V Super sweet and lush. Lots of well-integrated oak. At UGC: Great oaky aromas and flavors. Sweet, sexy, spicy. From Alex Pross: "Pretty nose, with tons of fruit. This wine smells wonderful and the fruit is omnipresent." From Ralph Sands: "Very pure. High tone raspberry fruit. This is gentle, sweet and elegant." From Jeff Garneau: "Superb presence and mouthfeel. Full-bodied and ripe. Fine tannins." 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot. 93 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Lagrange ‘09 has a more rounded, fruit-driven bouquet with macerated dark cherries, blackberry and boysenberry. It coalesces nicely in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of saline black fruit. Expressive Merlot here, smooth in the mouth with a pleasing, caressing finish. This is a Lagrange that is biding its time. Tasted January 2013." (07/2013)

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

Do not attempt to drink this wine without first decanting for an hour! But if you do decant you will get soaring aromas of raspberries, blackberries and earthy potting soil in a muscular but caressing mid-palate with a huge mineral core. There is a deep and enveloping warmth to the ripe fruit and a full-bodied but gentle mouth feel to the substantial middle. Decant a bottle tonight and lay another away for 10 or more years.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: December 06, 2017

I love, love love (did I mention that I love) St. Julien, and Lagrange is one of those properties that consistently flies under the radar. It is therefore priced accordingly, and a relative bargain for the excellent 2009 vintage. My first experience with a bottle of Lagrange was at a French bistro in SF, enjoying a bottle of the 1999 alongside steak frites, maybe sometime in 2008 or 2009. It was sumptuous, elegant, the perfect combination of restrained Bordeaux fruit, acidity, and delicate savor. While I love my 1999s, you can rest assured that the 2009s are much better! This is tasty now after an hour decant (which is incidentally when I ran into my colleague and noticed he was tasting it), though it is undoubtedly a 20+ year wine if you prefer to wait patiently as this fine St. Julien matures.

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2009 Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan ($64.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. The Malartic-Lagraviere 09 is evolving into one of the finest wines that the estate has ever produced. It has a more introverted bouquet with dark berry fruit, undergrowth and iodine. With rigorous swirling it still refuses to unfurl. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins. It builds nicely towards a lovely black olive and spice tinged finish that exudes finesse. Superb. (NM)" (07/2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Almost sweet in its richness, this is a deliciously fruity wine. The structure and tannins are almost buried among all of the velvety fruits, ripe berry flavors and layered wood notes. That said, it still has complexity and richness that promise aging, with the final acidity giving some brightness. (RV)" (09/2012)

93 points James Suckling: "Aromas of blueberries, spices and bark follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a long silky textured finish. Very fine indeed. Best ever from here. Try it in 2017." (02/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator: "Packed and very backward, with taut tobacco, iron and bittersweet cocoa notes up front, while the core of crushed plum, roasted fig and cassis flavors is held in reserve. Lots of chalky grip marks the finish, where the fruit drips in the background. (JM)" (03/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red-ruby. Complex aromas and flavors of red and black cherry, dark plum, mocha, licorice pastille, tar and hot rocks. Supple, suave and broad but not overly sweet, with an edge of acidity keeping the wine fresh throughout and leavening its thickness of texture. With its firm, buildng tannins, this concentrated, youthful wine calls for at least five years of patience. (ST) 90+" (07/2012)

Staff ImageJeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 05, 2017

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the purchase of Chateau Malartic-Lagravière by the Bonnie family. In the past two decades they have spared no expense in the restoration of this historic property, from the replanting of vineyards to the construction of an innovative gravity-fed winery. The estate was one of only six awarded cru classé status for both red and white wine in the Graves classification of 1959. The quality of both has continued to improve in remarkable fashion even in the past few years, making Chateau Malartic-Lagravière one of the better values in Pessac-Léognan, and a property to watch in the future. The 2009 vintage in particular was a great success here. All the hard work since 1997 was amply rewarded in a vintage with near perfect growing conditions, yielding a wine of great refinement and character. Hints of violets and black fruits on the nose with slightly smoky, toasted notes (80% new oak). On the palate, rich dark fruit. Lovely weight with positively silky tannins. Wonderfully ripe but very lively and fresh with a nice touch of minerality. Overall a very balanced effort. Highly recommended. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot.

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 04, 2017

MAN....is this wine in a great place right now!! Everything is congealed, moving in and out of focus, as the symphony of fruit, forest, spice and earth sings across the palate; each element getting a brief solo, but ultimately contributing to the immense texture and harmony. This is a great bottle of wine, period, but it's more than that for those who are looking to understand the merit of aging your claret. Five years ago this wine didn't have anywhere near this level of complexity, but today its showing like you wouldn't believe. I'm glad I waited to pop my bottles, but luckily for those of you who didn't buy on pre-order back in the day, we've got another shipment of perfectly aged 2009 Malartic-Lagraviere for you to buy and open today.

Staff ImageSteve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: September 26, 2017

This is ripe and earthy with an almost sappy quality to the warm red fruit flavors. This rich and approachable wine showcases the Pessac Leognan appellation at its gravely best.

Staff ImageClyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 23, 2015

More earth and plenty of extraction. Good mid-palate texture. Very nice. Good length. At UGC: Classic, with tons of mineral notes. Very rich and fresh.One of the best value 2009s from the Pessac area. Earthy style but toasty and sweet. Charming wine.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2012

Big, bold, with great tannins. This wine sings with fruit and terroir.

Staff ImageRalph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: October 29, 2012

Fresh, bright, natural mouthfeel. Tasty. I loved it!