By: Jeff Garneau
K&L Staff Member
In Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne, north of Saint-Estephe. Since 1936, owned by the Quié family, owners also of 5th Growth Croizet-Bages in Pauillac and 2nd Growth Rauzan-Gassies in Margaux. 75 hectares of vineyards in three main parcels overlooking the Gironde River just north of neighbor Sociando-Mallet. 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. The 2001 Bel Orme Tronquoy de Lalande has some lovely development (perhaps aging in magnum a bit more slowly than is typical of the vintage). Lightly savory with notes of warm spice. Ripe and round with bright, sweet fruit. The Merlot really makes its presence felt here; there is a bit more weight in the midpalate, the tannins a little softer on the finish. A terrific value in a larger format bottle for lovers of nicely aged, classic Bordeaux.