Château Montrose / Tronquoy-Lalande tasting

Ciel Bleu (**) Amsterdam Okura hotel
Tasted Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by Kriz with 328 views

Introduction

Tasting of Château Montrose and Château Tronquoy-Lalande. Organised by Xavier Kat from Okhuysen Wijn (Haarlem, Netherlands). Presented by Hervé Berland, manager of the Chateaus.
Started with Tronquoy-Lalande 2012, 2010 and 2009. Then Montrose 2012, 2010 and 2009. Diner with several vintages Montrose by Onno Kokmeijer (**), head chef of Ciel Bleu restaurant, located in the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.

Flight 1 - Tasting Montrose and Tronquoy-Lalande (pre diner) (6 Notes)

  • 2012 Château Tronquoy-Lalande

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Échantillon. No rating, this wine has to be in barrel for a year. Of course it's deep purple in colour. Hints of malo. Some green element, grassy, licorice and bay leaf. mediocre finish.

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  • 2009 Château Tronquoy-Lalande 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    the '09's are more closed than their opulent brothers from 2010. More closed on the nose and palate. Rich black fruit, tannins, leather. And too much present alcohol at the moment.

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  • 2010 Château Tronquoy-Lalande 92 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Beautiful on the nose and palate. Oak, herbs, tabacco, pencil lead and bay leaf. The alcohol is present and had to integrate in the wine. Very complete wine and a perfect effort in this price range. Lovely now if you like a tannic wine.

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  • 2012 Château Montrose

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Échantillon. Strawberry, spices and 'warm' nose. Nice fruit, good acidity and body. Will become a very pleasant wine. No score yet.

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  • 2010 Château Montrose 95 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Sensational wine. A bit layered but already so nice to drink. oak, fruit, warm, spicy, tannic. It has it all. Outstanding now but will become even better with time. But why wait? If possible, try one now.

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  • 2009 Château Montrose 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Closing. Fruity, warm, plum pie. Also some rough elements and alcoholic. 'Friendy' wine which is closing now. Great future but wait for 5-10 years.

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Flight 2 - La Dame de Montrose and Montrose (diner) (6 Notes)

  • 2008 La Dame de Montrose 89 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Perfumed on the nose. Fruity palate, good acidity, fresh. Nice wine which pairs well with food.

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  • 2003 Château Montrose 96 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    WOTN. Stunning! Beautifully balanced on both nose and palate. Tannic, still very young, black and red fruit, wood. But most of all: balance. And for such a warm year as 2003 was, this wine has freshness which holds it all together and makes it easy to drink and to pair with food. Very very good.

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  • 1998 Château Montrose 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    Shows some maturation. Balanced, light-footed, fruity. A little thin. Had it's best time. To put it all together: classic, drink now.

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  • 2000 Château Montrose 93 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    The scent of the wine disappears after some time. This is very good. Big wine with berries, alcohol (present) tart. It's well balanced and will improve. 93 so far

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  • 1986 Château Montrose 91 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    From magnum. Classic: tar, tobacco, pencil lead, earthy. It's an old Bordeaux which becomes older quickly in the glass. But what a joy to taste something which done it's best to become better for 27 years.

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  • 1995 Château Montrose 90 Points

    France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe

    (7/3/2013)

    In a line-up with Montrose '00 '10 '09 it's hard for a 1995... Passed it's peak. Everything integrated and ready to drink.

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Closing

Great evening, great wines!

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