A major sleeper of the vintage from the proprietors of Montrose, this wine is now overseen by the man who replaced Jean-Bernard Delmas, Herve Berland, who worked for many years at Mouton-Rothschild. With stunning richness, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot exhibits lots of blueberry, boysenberry and mulberry notes, a full-bodied, voluptuously textured mouthfeel and terrific purity and length. The wine is very drinkable now and should continue to drink exceptionally well for at least another 12-15+ years.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013|
One of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Tronquoy Lalande, this estate has been resurrected by the Bouygues family (also the owners of Chateau Montrose) capably assisted by Jean-Bernard Delmas, the wine architect at Haut-Brion between 1961 and 2003. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and a whopping 10% Petit Verdot, the 2010 boasts a dense purple color as well as a big, sweet bouquet of violets, black currants, earth and subtle oak. Admirable concentration, sweet, well-integrated tannin and a surprisingly sexy, opulent mouthfeel result in a gorgeous wine to drink over the next 12-15+ years.
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Tronquoy-Lalande has a dense bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry and cedar that opens nicely with time. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, well judged acidity and an appealing harmonious finish with fine delineation and class. Classic in style, this is a well-made Saint Estephe. Tasted January 2014.
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014|
The rejuvenated Tronquoy-Lalande suffered some hail damage in early May, hence the lower yields at 35hl/ha and the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (50%) complemented by 40% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. It has fine lift on the nose with a more red fruit profile than black: wild strawberry and a touch of pomegranate with some tertiary/scorched earth in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a tannic entry, some fleshy Merlot complementing the cedar-infused Cabernet with some attractive peppery, animally notes towards the finish. A little rough around the edges at this early stage but I think this will meld together nicely by the time of bottling. Drink 2017- Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 90/92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011|
Lots of blueberry and chocolate character. Coffee too indicating a good amount of new wood. Full and juicy. Needs a two or three years to soften.
|Score: 92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2014|
The mix of black fruits on the nose has a ripe feel giving it richness. Black plum gives some flesh on the palate but behind the black fruited power is the freshness of red cherry that gives a lighter feel on the finish.
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, April 2011|
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011|
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot. 60% of production. As a Merlot-heavy wine, it does lack a little freshness and precision on the nose. Very sweet and voluptuous. Then rather drying tannins on the finish. I think the second wine, Tronquoy Ste-Anne, is more successful within its category than this is. Very drying finish after notably lush palate. 14.1%
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011|
This Cru Bourgeois from St-Estèphe is located alongside Chateau Montrose and has the same ownership and wine-making team. 40% of the production goes into the second wine. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot with 10% Petit Verdot. This has an impressive black colour and it's big and dense with dark chocolate, black cherry and vanilla notes. Full bodied and packing an impressive punch for a cru bourgeois. Very much in the style of Montrose but will be much more keenly priced.
|Score: 15.5||Farr Vintners, April 2011|
Deep Cabernet fruit, succulent middle and firm grip of ripe tannins, a success. Drink 2016-25.
|Score: 16.5||Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2011|