Chateau Tronquoy Lalande (Futures Pre-sale) 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
"The 2009 Tronquoy Lalande (a blend of 51% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot) boasts a dense purple color along with a beautiful bouquet of boysenberries, spring flowers, black currants, and a hint of ink, a full-bodied, supple, opulent mouthfeel, and a long finish. It should drink nicely for 10-15 years. (Tasted two times.)
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.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points
The Wine Advocate
"Barrel sample. Rich but beautifully elegant that guards great freshness on top of the Merlot richness. The tannins are structured but well integrated. There is a high spice character to finish.
Barrel Sample: 91-93 Points
"Mineral, with raspberry and blueberry on the nose. Full and powerful, with a lovely ripe tannin structure and a long raspberry finish. Same owners as Montrose and same winemaker, Jean Delmas.
Barrel Sample: 89-92 Points
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