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Chateau Bel-Orme Tronquoy Lalande

Recently, we were joined by Anne-Francoise Quie, owner of Chateau Bel-Orme Tronquoy Lalande for tastings / dinners in Vancouver and Edmonton. Anne-Francoise guided customers through vintages of this fine Cru Bourgeois from vintages 2016, 2015, 2012, 2006, 2000 & 1984. All wines were splendid and the 2000 (available by December 2019) showed particularly well for its age. Chateau Bel-Orme current vintage is 2015, with 2016 arriving (in 750ml / 1500ml format) for December along with the 2000.

Located on the left bank of Bordeaux, 6 miles away from the north of Pauillac, the origin of the name Château Bel Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande dates back to the eighteenth century when the somptuous wooded park around the Chateau gave it its name: Bel Orme. Drawn in 1750 by Victor Louis, famous architect of The Grand Theater of Bordeaux, it was not until the nineteenth century that the Tronquoy-de-Lalande’s family gave its first letters of nobility to the vineyard which will become - Chateau Bel Orme Tronquoy -de-Lalande.

In 1936, seduced by this beautiful Château overlooking the Gironde Estuary, Lucienne was offered by her husband Paul Quié Château Bel Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande as a wedding gift. Today, on the heights of the village of Saint Seurin de Cadourne, this haven of peace is still the new generation’s family home. Attached to Château Rauzan-Gassies - 2nd Classified Growth in 1855 located in Margaux Appellation, Château Bel Orme benefits from all the expertise and know-how of its prestigious big brother’s team.

Covering an area of 30 hectares, the vineyard extends over the most beautiful hills of the village. The planted grape varieties are composed of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each plot benefits from a precision work and is adjusted to its own profile. By the freshness of the clay soils, Merlots of Château Bel Orme are round and generous with tangy taste. Draining soils allow to reach the perfect ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon. With ripe fruit, velvety and silky tannins, it is the signature of a Haut-Médoc long-keeping wine.

Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, wines of Château Bel Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande are generous and crunchy where the notes of red fruits move on to a beautiful tannic structure.