James Suckling 92-93
A fresh and solid TL with currants and cherries. Hints of chocolate and spice. Medium to full body. Juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Lovely richness and depth. A blend of 59% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 6% petit verdot.
The 2022 Tronquoy-Lalande comes in a new bottle design with a wax capsule. On the nose, it blossoms without any encouragement with copious black cherries, cassis and blueberry scents. The oak is beautifully enmeshed. It conveys a sense of warmth, but retains sufficient delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannins that frame that multi-layered black fruit. One of the spiciest Tronquoy-Lalandes for some time, with a peacock’s tail on the finish. This is an outstanding Saint-Estephe determined not to lie in the shadow of its sibling Montrose.
Robert Parker 89-91
The 2022 Tronquoy (formerly Tronquoy-Lalande) is an especially rich and powerful wine, offering up aromas of dark berries and cherries framed by creamy new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy palate structured around lively acids and powdery tannins that assert themselves on the vanillin-inflected finish. A blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot (which is an atypically high percentage of Cabernet from this estate, especially in a vintage where Merlot delivered better yields), it would appear to be intended to make an impression en primeur, as Tronquoy is now being sold on the place. That’s a pity, as this estate’s considerable intrinsic qualities would surely have made enough of an impression on their own.
Jeb Dunnuck 94-96
Lots of plums, blue and black fruits, earth, chocolate, and hints of earth all emerge from the 2022 Chateau Tronquoy, a full-bodied, pure, powerful Saint-Estephe with impressive tannins and a great finish. It shows more floral and red-fruited nuances with time in the glass, and this is clearly a beautiful wine in the making. It shows the ripeness of the vintage while staying pure, balanced, and seamless.
The Wine Independent 91-93
The 2022 Tronquoy-Lalande, made from 59% Cabernet Sauvignon (usually the blend is mainly Merlot), 35% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, is deep garnet-purple in color. Notions of warm cassis, black cherry preserves, and wild blueberries leap from the glass, plus hints of cinnamon toast, allspice, and vanilla pod with a waft of dark chocolate. The medium to full-bodied palate is plush and plump with juicy black fruits, lifted by just enough acidity, finishing long and spicy.