2015 Tronquoy Lalande
Aromas of blackberries, licorice and spices. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Shows the structure and muscle of this estate. Needs time to soften and come together. Serious. Try in 2021. Read more
Aromas of blackberries, licorice and spices. Full-bodied, dense and layered. Shows the structure and muscle of this estate. Needs time to soften and come together. Serious. Try in 2021.
While a step back from the sensational looking 2016, the 2015 Tronquoy Lalande is nevertheless a smokin’ good bottle of wine. Plums, graphite, earth and smoked herb notes all flow to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentration, plump, rounded 2015 that’s a huge success for the northern Médoc in 2015. Give it a few years and enjoy over the following two decades.
All the richness with none of the toughness this wine showed in the past – even some florality and freshness to make it more impressive. 2020-2030
The 2015 Tronquoy-Lalande is just as pretty as it was from barrel. In 2015, Tronquoy leans more towards elegance and silkiness rather than power. Medium in body and gracious, with fine tannins, the 2015 will drink well pretty much upon release and has enough pedigree to develop nicely for the next 10-15 years, maybe more. Readers who enjoy wines with greater aromatic nuance will want to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years, as today, the wine is quite fruity. Time in the glass brings attractive floral, savory, spice and earthy notes that will become more prominent over time. The 2015 is 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and % Cabernet Franc that spent 12 months in barrel, 30% new. Tasted two times.
The 2015 Tronquoy-Lalande is a blend of 55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc that was picked from 16 September until 8 October. It has quite a high-toned, iodine-tinged bouquet with blackberry, wild heather and touches of pencil lead, though it seemed just a little pinched and static in the glass. The palate is supple and smooth on the entry. Here you find more complexity with mineral-infused black fruit and noticeable acidity. It is nicely structured on the finish, perhaps foursquare when compared to its Montrose counterpart, but it should mature into a decent medium-term Saint Estèphe.
Has typicity, with a taut edge to the mix of damson plum and cassis fruit flavors thanks to the iron, lilac and wet stone notes in the mix. Offers a fresh and focused finish. A solid effort. Best from 2019 through 2028. –JM
55% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. Merlot picked from 16 September. Extremely dark crimson. Manages to be both fresh and ripe on the nose. Very lively and refreshing. Maybe just very slightly skinny and drying on the end but a very good effort! 13.8% 16/20
Autre triomphateur du millésime avec un corps formidablement plein et équilibré et une qualité d’extraction de tannin digne des plus grands et, en particulier, parfaitement comparable à celle de Montrose. Peu de choses les séparent désormais sinon la marque plus sensible de somptueux merlots 18-18/20
- Producer: Chateau Tronquoy Lalande
- Varietal: Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot
- Region: Bordeaux
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2015
- Cellar until 2030
Style GuideLight Intense
Good deep red colour with slight purple reflections. Fruity nose with aromas of blackcurrant and black cherry, discreetly oaked with a subtle note of menthol. Clean and full attack on the palate. Good concentration with smooth and well-structured tannins. A long finish, very elegant and upright. This wine can be enjoyed in its youth while offering good potential for ageing.
Château Tronquoy, a nonconformist Saint-Estèphe wine The history of Château Tronquoy began in 1791 with François Tronquoy, who was a visionary in his actions and nonconformist at heart. This spirited founder has created the second oldest vineyard of Saint-Estèphe. For 3 centuries, this cru has been cultivating its singularity in a form of impertinence. The Bouygues family, owner of the estate since 2006, wanted to pay tribute to this past and highlight its values of excellence and innovation by freeing Tronquoy from conventions. In 2022, Tronquoy-Lalande has become Tronquoy and its label now adorns a unique blue color. As for the wine, it remained faithful to its identity: proposing a rare polyvalence and a great freshness. It combines a seductive youth and a remarkable ageing potential.
The winter of 2015 was colder than in previous years, but a mild and rather sunny start to the vine cycle favoured early budbreak. The first flowers appeared on the 26th of May and full bloom occurred on the 2nd of June. On the whole, this process had been generally rapid and even. June and July were dry and the resulting lack of water slowed the vegetation cycle. The veraison happened early and very evenly between the 21st of July and the 10th of August. Showers in August and September alternated with spells of fine weather. The deep gravel at Tronquoy-Lalande lived up to its capacity for good drainage, regulating the water supply to the vines. Harvesting began with the Merlot on the 16th of September and ended on the 8th of October. Intra-parcel selection ensured that the grapes were picked at exactly the right stage of aromatic and phenolic maturity. In the cellar, the first fermentations in tank produced highly coloured and aromatic musts. Extraction took place gently, in a constant quest for silky tannins. The temperatures were kept deliberately low to enable the fruit to express all its richness and reveal our terroir. First tastings show great maturity in both flavours and tannins.
International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: March 31st, 2024
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