2009 Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande, Haut-Médoc

SKU #1314210 John Gilman

 This was the first vintage I had ever tasted of this lovely Cru Bourgeois, which lies next door to Sociando Mallet and is owned by the folks at Château Rauzan Gassies in Margaux. The cépages is sixty-five percent merlot and thirty-five percent cabernet sauvignon and the wine is never aged in more than ten percent new wood. The 2009 is really excellent, as it offers up a fresh, ripe and classy nose of cassis, black cherries, chocolate, tobacco smoke and a nice base of soil. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and nicely fleshy, with good, nascent complexity, ripe, chewy tannins and impressive length and grip. This estate was entirely new to me, but the 2009 Bel Orme is extremely impressive and must be one of the great values of the vintage. (Drink between 2014-2030)  (4/2010)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
The 09 Bel Orme exists on the more lithe and elegant side of the style spectrum, particularly considering the power of the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux. Discreet, measured, quiet red fruited aromas lead to a nicely firm, delicious palate with just enough fruit showing itself. While it will surely handle a steak, this is one of those Bordeaux that you could successfully pair with many other entrees. Delicious and classy claret.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2017 | Send Email
This earthy "Old School" bottle is surprisingly lively and crisp for a 2009 and will appeal to those looking for traditionally made bargain Bordeaux. The fruit profile is dark and compact with the faintest whiff of earth and leather on the steely finish.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2017 | Send Email
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A great value 2009 Bordeaux. Lots of spice and some chocolate on the nose. Red berry fruit flavors. Fat and lush-easy to enjoy now. Great texture and lingering finish.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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