Château of the month: Ch. Tronquoy Lalande
This beautiful property was purchased in 2006 by Martin & Olivier Bouygues (telecom) who just before had also bought Ch. Montrose. They could have integrated this property into Ch. Montrose, which is after all its neighbor from 400m across the other side, but decided not to do so because of the completely different style of the wine (much more merlot-oriented). Reason for this is that the terroir, a very beautiful hillside (23 meters high on the highest point) rich in clay, was considered better for cultivation with merlot. Its location very close to the Gironde ensures a minimal chance of frost damage and a good ventilation of the vineyard.
The first works, from 2008 to 2010, were mainly carried out in the vineyard, with a lot of replanting (9000 feet/ha). After that, it was time to take on the cuverie, where they switched from cement cuves to temperature-regulated inox cuves. The purpose of this was to obtain more purity and refinement from the fruit. Hervé Berland, director at Ch. Montrose, took matters into own hands here as from 2012. The quality increases year after year, as we have been able to conclude for ourselves during the primeur tastings. Moreover, since 2011, very restricted quantities of white wine are being produced based on sémillon (70%) and sauvignon gris (30%). These are harvested manually and with several passages (according to ripeness) and stored ‘sur lie’ (on-site) on oak for about 6 to 9 months. 15% of the barrels are renewed annually.
The domain has been working with 100% biological principles since 2015 but only requested the certification in 2021, as a result of which it will only officially carry the bio label in 2024 at the earliest.
I tasted the white wine of 2018. A delicious nose of flowers, citrus and exotic fruit, a very beautiful greasy beginning in the mouth, with afterwards again a lot of exotic fruit and a beautiful freshness, combined with a subtle hint of vanilla from the wood.
The red 2015 is a true delicacy to enjoy at this time. With lots of dark fruit, herbs, tobacco in the nose and a very soft, round taste with very elegant tannins and beautiful strength and length.
The 2016 still requires a little cellar rest. The 2018 is very impressive, intense and powerful, a very abundant wine with richness, exuberance, juiciness and complexity. A delicious wine full of fruit and wonderfully long in the aftertaste.
We have a promotion running on the red wines of the château until May 15: buy 11 get 1 FREE.
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