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2023 Château Tronquoy En Primeur

"...superb Tronquoy from a rejuvenated estate" - Neal Martin,

Further to this morning's release of potentially THE wine of the vintage, we can now offer one of the best values of the vintage, from the same stable.

Made by the team at Montrose, 2023 Château Tronquoy receives a remarkable 93-95 points from Neal Martin and is available at just £198 per dozen bottles in bond.  Do let us know if you'd like a case or two.

Sales of 2023 Montrose itself have been very strong this morning and our allocations are dwindling rapidly; if you would like any please let us know as soon as possible.

Offered en primeur.  Landing spring 2026.

Magnums available with £20 ex-VAT bottling surcharge per six, please enquire for other formats.

All previous offers of 2023 Bordeaux can be found here.

Château Tronquoy-Lalande, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe

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Château Tronquoy-Lalande, Cru Bourgeois St-Estèphe

Château Tronquoy-Lalande is a cru bourgeois in St-Estèphe, the sibling-estate to the illustrious Château Montrose.  The estate takes its name from its first owner, Francois Tronquoy, and 'La Lande', meaning 'heath land'.  The château was built in the 18th century by the architect of the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux.

Before the Bouygues brothers bought both châteaux in 2006, Tronquoy-Lalande was under-performing and relatively overlooked in this country.  Following a ten million euro renovation (including a gravity-fed system and a ground-breaking conversion to geothermal power) recent vintages have shown rapid improvement.

The estate is owned by the Bouygues family (Martin and Olivier Bouygues own a construction and communications empire in France which includes TV channel TF1).  The family also own Clos Rougeard in Saumur and a share in Domaine Henri Rebourseau in the Côte de Nuits.  The second wine of the estate is Tronquoy de Sainte Anne and a white wine is also produced, Château Tronquoy-Lalande Blanc.

The vineyards are comprised of 30 hectares, planted to a high proportion of Merlot for a right bank estate (52%), with 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and just 3% Cabernet Franc.  Like Latour, Tronquoy-Lalande was not part of the en primeur system until the 2022 vintage and previously released its wines in bottle at around 3-4 years after the vintage.

RED 2023 Château Tronquoy 75cl £198 per case of 12 Château Tronquoy
2023 / / 75cl
£198 per case of 12
Tasting Notes"The 2023 Tronquoy is quite elegant in this vintage. Crushed flowers, mint, dried herbs, tobacco and cedar lend lovely aromatic complexity. There's more Petit Verdot in this year's blend, which comes through in the wine's aromatic presence, and also less Merlot, which is noticeable in the mouthfeel. It's a style I like a lot—more Saint-Estèphe and less of the rusticity that marked some years. This is a very pretty and promising Tronquoy, not to mention one of the most finessed vintages of this wine I can remember tasting. 2027-2038. 91-93 points" Antonio Galloni,"Containing an unusually high 51% Cabernet Sauvignon this year (complemented by 38% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot), the 2023 Tronquoy offers up aromas of dark berries, cherries, burning embers and violets, followed by a medium to full-bodied, velvety and refined palate with good depth at the core, lively acids and a persistent finish. Foudres are now complemented barriques for élevage. 91-93 points" William Kelley,"Medium to full intensity ruby plum colour, higher Petit Verdot than usual in the blend, and it comes through in sappy, lively black pepper spice and dark fruit character, good quality, a little austere. In organic conversion, to be certified 2024. Harvest September 6 to 26. 93 points""A crunchy and velvety Tronquoy with blackberry, blackcurrant and chocolate aromas. Lots of blackcurrant, berry and cherry character on the medium-bodied palate, with solid tannins that have a powdery texture. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 38% merlot and 11% petit verdot. 92-94 points""The 2023 Château Tronquoy is based on 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot that will see 12 months in one-third new barrels, with a touch in foudre. Ripe red plums, blueberries, spring flowers, espresso, and liquid violets all define the aromatics, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a round, layered mouthfeel, beautiful tannins, and outstanding length. 92-94 points""The 2023 Tronquoy-Lalande was picked September 6 to 26 and contains more Petit Verdot in the blend this year. It matured in one-third new oak plus some newly-introduced foudres and amphorae. Blackberry and bilberry fruit surface the nose, plus a fresh punnet of strawberries. This is quite delightful and full of character. The palate is underpinned by fine acidity. Fresh and quite marine-influenced, this has a silky texture on the finish that lingers in the mouth, representing another superb Tronquoy from a rejuvenated estate. 93-95 points" Neal Martin,

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