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)
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.
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+
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)
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)
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