2001 Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut Medoc (1.5L)

SKU #1311275 Wine Spectator

 Slightly austere, but has interesting aromas of plum pit and flowers. Medium- to full-bodied, with firm tannins and a medium finish. Very tight still. Traditional in style, but interesting. (JS, Web-2004)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2017 | Send Email
Here is a deep and husky bargain with earthy blackberry aromas. The deep middle is filled with black cherry and berry fruit that glides into the firm, crisp finish. This is a great bottle of 13 year old Bordeaux for dinner parties that won't break the bank.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
Do yourself a favor: get yourself a few steaks, invite over some of your closest friends, and pop this magnum open after paying the ridiculous price of $34.99. They'll think you spent at least $70 on this cannon of beautifully aged 2001 Bordeaux from one of the region's lesser-known chateaux: Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande. There's plenty of soft fruit still present in the wine, and the sheer deliciousness of the wine's age along with the lush texture it has from more than fifteen years of integration are simply enticing--even more so from the gigantic bottle! I miss deals like this. They're getting harder to track down in Bordeaux, so it's best to grab a few while they're here.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2017 | Send Email
In Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, north of Saint-Estephe. Since 1936, owned by the Quié family, owners also of 5th Growth Croizet-Bages in Pauillac and 2nd Growth Rauzan-Gassies in Margaux. 75 hectares of vineyards in three main parcels overlooking the Gironde River just north of neighbor Sociando-Mallet. 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The 2001 Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande has some lovely development (perhaps aging in magnum a bit more slowly than is typical of the vintage). Lightly savory with notes of warm spice. Ripe and round with bright, sweet fruit. The Merlot really makes its presence felt here; there is a bit more weight in the midpalate, the tannins a little softer on the finish. A terrific value in a larger format bottle for lovers of nicely aged, classic Bordeaux.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
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A great party size wine from a superb drinking vintage. We sold the 750ml quickly and this magnum at $35 is a smashing bargain. Earthy aromas and flavors with lots of red berry fruit flavors. Decant and bring on the steaks.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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