2009 Tronquoy de St-Anne, St-Estèphe
*Barrel Sample* All fresh blackberry juice with sweetness and power. The wine has richness, along with considerable charming freshness.
36% of production. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot. Very rich and sweet on the nose. Easy and sweet and quite delicate. Very dry on the finsh but utterly charming and flattering until you get to that slightly drying finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Even the second wine, the 2009 Tronquoy Lalande de Ste.-Anne, is a revelation. Composed of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot, it is a big, juicy, fruit-driven Bordeaux with copious notes of black fruits, earth, and spice... Bravo! 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. (RP)
*Barrel Tasting* Chocolate and berry character on the nose and palate. Medium-bodied, with a soft tannin structure and light finish. (Web Only—2010)
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 and sweet and delicious.