Château-Tronquoy-Lalande Saint Estephe 2015
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Estephe|
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.
The 2015 Tronquoy-Lalande feels just a little herbaceous (not green) on the nose. It is well defined but just lacks that extra zip and brightness demonstrated by some of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite fresh and classic in style with lightly spiced, black-pepper-tinged blackberry and bilberry fruit. Demonstrating ample grip on the finish, this should mature into a commendable Saint-Estèphe. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
With the same winemaking team as Château Montrose, this ripe, dense wine has something of the same approach to the rich tannins and concentrated black fruit. This powerful wine has a dry, age-worthy character as well as generous fruit that keeps a crisp, succulent character. It will be best from 2024.
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.