In a nutshell: A classic, rich, elegant left bank claret from St-Estèphe with a subtle aromatic and fruit character.
The lowdown: Since being acquired by Martin and Olivier Bouygues in 2006 Tronquoy-Lalande has had millions of Euros spent on it, the benefit of which is now being seen in their wines. It may only be a Cru Bourgeois, but the year after year quality means it's punching well above this level. In addition 2014 was a good year in the northern Médoc which has also boosted this particular vintage. It's a blend of 56% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest being a little Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. On the nose it's got a savoury, herby quality with plenty of ripe black cherry and plummy notes alongside. The body's got good weight without being overbearing and the smooth tannins and sweet oak balance the rich fruit well giving it all a very cultivated and harmonius feel.
When to drink: It's got all the maturity needed to make it ideal drinking now, but it'll also keep in top condition until at least 2030.
Since being acquired by Martin and Olivier Bouyges, the French telecoms tycoons, in 2006, and the investment of millions of Euros in renovation of the property, Tronquoy Lalande is now considered one of the star performers of the left bank appellation of Saint-Estèphe. The wines are produced by the same team as at Château Montrose, another of the Bouygues brothers' estates, under the direction of Hervé Berland.