Chateau Tronquoy Lalande St. Estephe Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Tronquoy Lalande, St. Estephe Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Tronquoy Lalande takes its name fittingly from the family that owned the chateau in its formative years, the Tronquoy de Lalande family. After they sold the estate in 1859, it passed through several owners before becoming part of the well-known Casteja family holdings. In 2006, Chateau Tronquoy Lalande was purchased by the Bouygues brothers from the Casteja family. The Bouygues brothers earned their fortune in the telecommunications industry. For the Bouygues family, it was the perfect addition to their portfolio as they already owned the famed Second Growth, Chateau Montrose also located in St. Estephe. Both transactions of the Left Bank estates took place in 2006.

Chateau Tronquoy Lalande enjoyed a complete, 10 million Euro renovation after it was purchased, which is a fortune when you consider the estate is a Cru Bourgeois in the Medoc and that the wines do not sell for that much money. That represented a serious commitment to quality! A large portion of those funds were allocated to making Chateau Tronquoy Lalande a responsible, environmental, green estate. They get much of their power from geothermal energy. To achieve this for their Left Bank estate, they placed 3,000 photovoltaic panels on their roofs. The construction took 3 years to complete. The new owners purchased additional vineyard land, increasing the size of the estate. The yields were produced and the selection became more stringent, which clearly helped improve the wine.

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The wines of Chateau Tronquoy Lalande are produced by the same team that is responsible for the Bordeaux wine being made by the owners, the Bouygues brothers at their other Medoc estate, Chateau Montrose. Shortly after Chateau Tronquoy Lalande was purchased by the Bouygues brothers, they brought in one of the more popular and revered figures in Bordeaux out of retirement to manage both, Chateau Montrose and Chateau Tronquoy Lalande. Jean Bernard Delmas. Delmas was director of Chateau Haut Brion for decades until he retired and was replaced by his son. The elder Jean Bernard Delmas is in charge of both Chateau Tronquoy Lalande and Chateau Montrose.

The 30 hectare St. Estephe vineyard of Chateau Tronquoy Lalande is planted to 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. With a total of 18 planted hectares, the vineyard is planted to a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. The vines are on average, close to 25 years of age.

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To produce the wine of Chateau Tronquoy Lalande, vinification takes place in 16 geothermal powered, stainless steel tanks. The tanks allow for parcel by parcel vinification. The tanks were made with a slight pitch or tilt at the bottom of the vat that allow the wine maker to capture more the press wine. It is thought that the addition press wine that is recovered is of better quality as it did not require mechanical actions to be produced. These changes clearly improved the wine, giving it more finesse, softer textures and better purity of fruit.

On average, the wine is aged in 25% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling. There is a second wine, Tronquoy de Sainte Anne. Chateau Tronquoy Lalande property produces 7,500 cases of St. Estephe wine per year.

Chateau Tronquoy Lalande also produces a small amount of white Bordeaux wine which is sold as an AOC Bordeaux blanc. The vines for the white Bordeaux wine of Tronquoy Lalande were planted in 2009 by Jean Bernard Delmas. Less than .5 hectares are reserved for white wine grape varieties. The vines are planted to 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Gris. To produce the white wine of Tronquoy Lalande, vinification takes place in barrel with regular battonage. There is no malolactic fermentation. The barrels are one year old, French oak and come from La Mission Haut Brion. The production is limited to approximately 250 cases of wine per year.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2014 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. It will be difficult to find a better wine for the money in from 2014. Chocolate covered black cherries and a hint of truffle set the perfume in motion. The texture is round on the palate with a satiating, sweet fruit finish. Produced from a blend of 56% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol. 91-92 pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  2. 2013 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. 89% of the production was used for the Grand Vin, with a blend of 52% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine leads with toasted oak and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth and on the palate, the wine is medium bodied with a bright side of red and black fruit style. Already accessible, the wine has a hint of green in the finish, drink this young. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  3. 2012 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Medium bodied, with a smoky, round textured, forward, licorice and blackberry essence, the wine is drinking well already and should provide a lot of pleasure more than a decade or longer.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Blending 57% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and minor bits of 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot produced a wine showing jammy black raspberry, earth and herbs. This fresh and medium-bodied wine offers a minor hint of oak, which adds to the finish. The wine was made in an easy-to-like style and should drink well early. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2011 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Charcoal, vanilla bean and peppery black raspberry scents, with light textures, some drying tannins and black cherry sensations are discovered in the finish. I’d give this a year or two age before drinking over the next 5-7 years

      87 points - Tasted
    2. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot make up this blend, which represents 56% of the production. Blackberry, jam, earth and black cherry scents with a medium-bodied, bright, cassis-filled finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  5. 2010 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Earth, charcoal, tobacco, oak and cassis scents lead to a round, fresh, black cherry and spice dominated wine that is drinking surprisingly well already, yet a few years of age should soften the tannins and add more complexity. One of the top values from St. Estephe.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. 2010 Tronquoy Lalande Produced from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, this likable, easy to understand wine offers blackberry and earth aromas, finishing with a mélange of sweet, red and dark berries. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  6. 2009 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Vanilla, blackberry, coffee bean scents, soft, rich textures and a round, chocolate covered boysenberry finish. This wine of pleasure drinks well now and should improve over the next few years.

      92 points - Tasted
    2. 2009 Tronquoy Lalande sports berry, licorice, and earth aromatics. Soft and approachable, the wine ends in chocolate covered blackberry flavors. 90/92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  7. 2008 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Medium/full bodied with notes of earth, stone, blackberry, black cherry and leafy, forest aromas. Still young, there is a nice softness to the fruit and the tannins. I'd give it a few more years. Produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 13% Petit Verdot.

      89 points - Tasted
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  8. 2006 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. From a blend of 59% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot, this has developed nicely since release. Lots of blackberry, cassis, earth, tobacco and forest floor scents create the perfume. This round wine is drinking quite well today. It might get better, but why wait?

      90 points - Tasted
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  9. 2005 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. At its peak today, the wine offers soft, earthy, black fruits and freshness. This is ready to drink.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. From a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot, this earthy, blackberry and forest floor scented wine is medium/full bodied in weight, round in texture and is just starting to open up. This is the first vintage from the new owners. Subsequent vintages show a lot more depth and character.

      88 points - Tasted
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  10. 2004 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Black raspberry and oaky aromas, medium bodied, some dryness in the finish and green flavors are found in this fully mature wine. Drink up.

      85 points - Tasted
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  11. 2003 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    1. Jammy black and red fruits, licorice, pie crust, spice and cedar chest aromas open to a soft, polished, supple textured, sweet, spicy, red and black fruit filled wine that is drinking great today.

      91 points - Tasted
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