This magnificent Saint Estèphe is overseen by the former director of Château Haut-Brion - and an echo of that estate's legendary greatness can clearly be seen in the woodsmoke aromas, layers of smooth black fruit and long, elegant finish.
The Bouygues brothers own both Château Tronquoy Lalande and Château Montrose in the Médoc. Though Montrose currently enjoys the limelight (a bottle of the 2008 will leave you with little change from £50), Château Tronquoy Lalande is made by the same team and overseen by one of the most popular and revered figures in Bordeaux, Jean-Bernard Delmas.
He was brought out of retirement to manage both estates, having been director of legendary Château Haut-Brion for decades. Château Tronquoy Lalande underwent a massive 10 million Euro renovation after it was purchased in 2006, and this 2008 vintage has reaped the benefits. A marriage of technology with time honoured expertise, this superb vintage is perfect with a fine Sunday lunch.