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.
|Score: 91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, March 2012|
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.) Drink 2010-2025.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.
Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Tasted at Chateau Montrose, this is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, cropped at 46hl/ha. The nose is quite feisty at first, but it calms down nicely with well defined aromas of blackberry, raspberry coulis, a touch of shellfish and a hint of mint. The palate is full-bodied, svelte tannins, quite plush and concentrated, great depth with blackberry, spice, small black cherries and a touch of graphite. There is just a little hardness towards the finish. Good length. A burly Saint Estephe. Tasted March 2010.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010|
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
|Score: 89/92||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, April 2010|
From the expanding, under-construction Ch Montrose stable. 64% of production. 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 51% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot. 46 hl/ha. Minerals and opulence and lots of charm. Sinewy and exciting and depth of flavour but definitely St-Estèphe. Real vivacity. Very luscious in the middle. Very long and satisfying. Drink 2015-2025
|Score: 16.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
This Cru Bourgeois from St-Estèphe is dark and inky in appearance and lively, fresh and fruity on the palate. An approachable wine which will be drinking relatively early and has a lovely balance with surprisingly good length.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2010|
There is a floral charm to the nose seemingly quite light but this is deceptive as the palate has richness of flavour. Red fruits intermingle with the black, their freshness balancing the richer cassis and blackberry and giving a racy feel to the back palate.
|Score: 89/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Black red, smoky black fruits nose, elegant extraction of ripe yet restrained fruit, good length and balance. Drink 2014-20.
|Score: 16+||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010|