CHÂTEAU LAROSE TRINTAUDON HAUT-MÉDOC CRU BOURGEOIS, FRANCE 2016
Varietals: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
Region: Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux
What's So Special: Vines were first planted at Larose-Trintaudon at the end of the 17th century. In 1858, Count Ernest de Lahens built the Chateau and its tower that, to this day, watches over the ocean of vines. The wine estate alternated between periods of success and harder times, the worst being the outbreak of phylloxera that destroyed all French vineyards in 1869. In the 1960s, the Forners, a renowned Spanish wine growing family, purchased the estate. Under the scientific authority of Professor Emile Peynaud, a prominent vine and wine specialist, the property regained its former stature, in particular following the planting of 430 acres of the best grape varieties.
Tastes Like: Dark and very intense color of deep ruby. Ripe aromas of small black fruit dominate (blackcurrant, blackberry), though with good freshness. The palate is fleshy, with a nice touch of tannin. Long, caressing finish. To be watched during ageing, which will seek to bring out the harmony and the balance.
What the Pros Say: James Suckling - 92 Points: "A solid red with currant, chocolate and walnut character. Medium body, round yet firm tannins and a delicious finish. Typical Bordeaux from this excellent vintage. A blend of 60 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 40 per cent merlot. Needs two to three years to soften."