Château-Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande 2010
The architecture plans of Château Bel Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande were drawn by Victor Louis (1731-1800), the famous architect who drew the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux and the Palais Royal arches in Paris. In 1936, Château Bel Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande became the home of the Quie family. The Chateau owes its name to the Tronquoy de Lalande family, who owned it in the 19th century and contributed significantly to its fame. Paul Quie, whose father was already in the wine profession, purchased the chateau from the Delor Firm in 1936. In 1968, his son Jean-Michel took over the family estate. Today, his children, Anne-Françoise and Jean-Philippe, work at his side. The soil of the vineyards is composed of gravel and sandy gravels, encompassing 28.5 hectares planted to 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, with vines averaging 35 years.
James SucklingAttractive nose with loads of candied violets, raspberries and rose petals. Plum and some licorice. Full and nice texture on the palate with charming fruit and fine tannins. Enjoyable finish with medium length and a tasty licorice note. Drink from 2016.
Wine SpectatorShows a gutsy feel, with lightly mulled plum and steeped cassis fruit melded with singed apple wood and smoldering charcoal. The long, fleshy finish lets the roasted wood edge play out. Needs a little cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2024. 8,000 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastThe Quié family, owners of Crozet-Bages in Pauillac and Rauzan-Gassies in Margaux, live in this northern Haut-Médoc property. The 2010 is closed, firmly tannic and solidly structured. It feels chunky, and its black plum flavor is tightly packed.