Beautiful dark ruby color with quite an intense bouquet bringing together aromas or red ripe berries as well as spicier vanilla notes. On the palate the wine is incredibly round with a dense tannic structure, yet not overly massive. Great freshness finished off by slight mineral undertones and a silky texture.
Soil: Fine gravels, sandy gravels and clayish limestone soil. Average age of vines: 28 years old. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, bringing structure, fragrance and fruit. 40% Merlot bringing roundness and body. 3-week initial fermentation. Aged in oak barrels for 12-14 months.
The wine of Chateau Larose Trintaudon is vinified in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine is aged in 20% new, French oak barrels for an average of 12 months before bottling. The estate also produces a second wine Les Hauts de Trintaudon which represents another great value.
The Haut-Mdoc is a sub-appellation within the larger Mdoc 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 Bordeauxs famous chateaux. The six famous communes of the Mdoc are contained within its boundaries: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, St Julien, Pauillac and St Estphe. The vineyard land that lies outside of these communes is classified as the Haut-Mdoc; the result being that you can often find well-known Cru Bourgeois chateaux alongside the Cru Class 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.
Chateau Larose Trintaudon's vineyards were first planted in 1838. The beautiful chateau was built in 1870 by the owner at the time, Comte Ernest de Lahens. During the late 1800s, the property was even larger than it is today as Ernest de Lahens was able to increase the size of their vineyards to 345 hectares of vines.
155.5 hectares of vineyards.
Soil : Fine gravel, sandy gravel and clayish limestone soil.
Planting density : 6,600 vines per hectare.
Average age of vines : 28 years old.
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CREATION IN 1719
The origins of the domain go back to 1719, but it was in 1838 that a certain Henry Delaroze, mayor of Saint-Laurent, created a vineyard on the parcel known as the "tènement de Trintaudon", a magnificent gravelly hillside up to then uncultivated.
The property is mentioned under the name of " Trentaudon " in the first edition of « Bordeaux and its Wines" published by Féret (1850)/ In the second edition of Féret (1868), it is classed as a cru bourgeois, then in the third edition (1874), as a cru bourgeois supérieur.
In 1870, Comte Ernest de Lahens presided over this domain of 345 ha and commissioned the building of château Trintaudon, capped with its distinctive tower dominating the landscape like a lighthouse in an ocean of vines.
DECLINE AND RENAISSANCE
Prosperity, passage through the hands of several owners, then the ravages of phylloxera and mildew took their toll on the viticultural vocation of the property.
In 1923, Comte Tchernoff, a white Russian migrant, delivered the fatal blow to the domain. He spent 7 million francs in an attempt to become a pioneer of industrial dairy farming, but in pulling up the greater part of the vines he ruined both the domain and himself.
In 1963, after having been owned by a great Spanish general Duke Del Infantado, the domain Trintaudon was bought in a state of semi-abandon by the Forner family, who were already proprietors of Château Camensac and Marques de Caceres in the Rioja wine region of Spain. 175 hectares of the best grape varieties were planted on the scientific advice of an eminent wine and vineyard specialist, Professor Émile Peynaud.
IN THE PORTFOLIO OF AGF-ALLIANZ
In 1986, the insurance company Allianz bought the domain, now one of the largest vineyards in the Medoc both in terms of size and production, based on the great potential of its 'terroir' It has since built up a fine reputation and is now considered one of the very best Crus Bourgeois.