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The elegant Château is situated in Haut Médoc on a plateau lying to the northeast of the parish of Saint Laurent which borders Pauillac and Saint Julien-Beychevelle. Some of its famous neighbors included Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Pichon Longueville Baron. The surrounding vineyards, which were replanted in the late 1960's in the deep gravel soil, rest upon a substratum of iron.
Classified in 1920.
VINEYARD COMPOSITION/VARIETAL PROFILE:
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
The original estate dates back to the year of the American Revolution, 1776. In 1882, its wines were awarded the Silver Medal at the Exhibition in Bordeaux and again in 1889 at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. It was around this time that the magnificent Château, with its landmark "campanile" on the roof, was built by the Comte de Lahens. In the 1920's, the vines were pulled out in an unsuccessful attempt at cattle ranching by a wealthy Russian émigré. The estate fell into neglect. It was in 1966 that Henri and Elysee Forner purchased the estate and took about the enormous tasks of completely replanting the vineyards, building a modern cellar and restoring the Château. With the guidance and support of the famed University of Bordeaux enologist, Emile Peynaud, the vines were selected and the vineyards laid out. Château Larose-Trintaudon, by the 1980's was gaining critical acclaim and its wines became the number one selling Bordeaux Château sold in America. In 1986, new owners - AGF Insurance, purchased the estate. The Forner's stayed until 1988 in order to ensure a smooth transition. The new team at Larose-Trintaudon combines the experience of senior managers who have been in the Bordeaux wine trade for many years; like Jean-Paul Gardere, who was Manager at Château Latour for over 20 years and now consults the youthful Franck Bijon, the Technical Manager, who had been the Assistant Technical Manager at Latour. Over 46 men and women are part of the permanent team that dedicate themselves to making great wine at Château Larose-Trintaudon. Recent vintages speak for themselves.
One of the most state of the art winemaking facilities in all of Bordeaux. The new wines are fermented in stainless steel temperature controlled vats and then aged in small oak barrels one-third of which are renewed each year.
Clean precise wines - more firm than round. Very typical of the Haut Médoc at its very best. Intense, deep, lively color. Ripe tannins. Aromas of wild red fruits. Powerful with remarkable complexit