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2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe

SKU #1112445 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2012)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

90-91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark 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+ Inner quote mark (4/2010)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/15/2017 | Send Email
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 it’s all about great taste! The 2009 Tronquoy-Lalande is just loaded with delicious, deep, purple-blue fruit—I wish I could have this wine in stock forever! Hundreds of cases already sold and it’s our last shot at this beauty.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2016 | Send Email
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.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2015 | Send Email
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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.
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2014 | Send Email
Layered, ripe and polished, with red and black berry fruit, Asian spice, iron minerality, cedar, fig paste, chewy tannins and a long finish. Wow.

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