91pts James Suckling
A fine, linear red with currants, blackberries and some chocolate and hazelnuts. Medium to full body. Medium round tannins. Pretty finish.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
At 380 acres, this is one of the largest Madoc estates just the wrong side of the tracks from Pauillac. This generously structured wine is full of juicy black-currant flavors that come from the 60% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.
Ripe and generous on the palate with fragrant oak spice and a touch of candied character to the fruit. Moderate length, smooth tannins, bright acidity.
Dark and very intense colour 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.
The Haut-Médoc is a sub-appellation within the larger Médoc appellation on the left bank of Bordeaux. Situated between the Gironde estuary that runs down to the city of Bordeaux and the Atlantic coast, this is the home of some of Bordeaux’s famous chateaux. The six famous communes of the Médoc are contained within its boundaries: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estèphe. The vineyard land that lies outside of these communes is classified as the Haut-Médoc; the result being that you can often find well-known Cru Bourgeois chateaux alongside the Cru Classé chateaux in the same appellation.
The massive 190 hectare vineyard of Chateau Larose Trintaudon is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. The estate is one of the largest in the entire Bordeaux region. The terroir is a blend of sand, clay and limestone soil. Some of the vines are located next to Pauillac. In fact, Chateau Latour purchased a parcel of vines from the estate several years ago that was located in the Pauillac appellation. The vines are on average close to 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare. The vineyards of Chateau Larose Trintaudon are farmed with an effort to use self-sustaining farming techniques.