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History

Trotanoy already had an established reputation for quality towards the end of the 18th century as Pomerol-Giraud, Cru de Trotanoy. This, along with a number of other properties styled themselves as premiers crus. They had, however, little impact on the merchants on the Left Bank and this was reflected in the prices the wines fetched. The Bordeaux reference tome, Cocks and Ferret, first attempted a classification in their 1868 edition (we currently have the 17th edition, published in 2004). Trotanoy is listed there, alongside many of the top Pomerol properties recognised today, second only to Pétrus. 

 

Trotanoy was, at that time, by far the largest of the top names, comprising some twenty-five hectares. Production, in today’s terms, was between 4,000 and 6,000 cases. At the end of the nineteenth century, as is so often the case, the estate had to be broken up to settle inheritance issues and even more land was sold in the 1920s. 

 

The property remained with the Giraud family until the end of World War II when it was sold to a Monsieur Pécresse who subsequently sold it to Jean-Pierre Moueix in 1953. This was the first vineyard Jean-Pierre Moueix purchased and so has a special place in the hearts of his successors. All efforts were made to restore the property to its rightful place in terms of quality and reputation. From the outset the then oenologist Jean-Claude Berrouet and cellarmaster François Veyssière looked after the vinification, as they did at Pétrus. Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix now manage the property, under the stewardship of the late Jean-Pierre Moueix’s son, Christian.

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Vineyards

Trotanoy covers just over seven hectares, planted on a high plateau approximately 1km west of Pétrus, between the church and the village of Catusseau. The estate enjoys one of the best-exposed parts of the Pomerol plateau and, as a result, it avoided the devastation caused by the dreadful 1956 frosts. The vines are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, planted with a density of 6,200 vines per hectare. Although the vines survived the 1956 trauma, extensive replanting was made in the seventies and eighties. Today the average age is back to a very respectable 35 years, with yields generally around 39hl/ha.

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Winemaking

For 44 years, ending with the 2007 vintage, Jean-Claude Berrouet has overseen production of all the Moueix wines, including Trotanoy. His philosophy has always been one of minimum intervention, to allow the wines to express their individual terroir, always pursuing elegance over extraction. There is a twenty day fermentation and maceration in temperature-controlled lined concrete vats. This is followed by twenty months' ageing in barrel, 40% of which are new. The vines are fined with egg whites and there is no filtration. The average production is a scant 3,000 cases per year. 

 

Trotanoy produces incredible wines with an extraordinarily rare balance between obvious power and concentration and sheer finesse. Often monolithic and almost impenetrable in youth, their muscle evolves towards more obvious opulence and grace in time. Energy and tension prevail throughout the ageing process making for impressive elegance and intensity with time, gradually revealing a characteristic, appetising truffled character.

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Inside information

The rise of Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix is a dramatic success story, founded on the vision and energy of one man, Jean-Pierre Moueix.

The Moueix family originated in the Corrèze, a region near the Dordogne where, essentially, Jean-Pierre’s parents subsisted as farmers. In 1929, the Great Depression forced a change and the family moved to Libourne, where they bought Fonroque Grand Cru Classé for what would today be considered a song – there being no consumer interest at that time. Jean-Pierre Moueix, one of two sons, was something of an outsider to the establishment when he set up his business. Not only was he new to Bordeaux but this was Right Bank Bordeaux, offering far from fashionable wines.

These were barely recognised by the Bordeaux merchants and the traditional markets and, logistically, were also much further from a port. Jean-Pierre recognised the need to create new markets, which he attacked with gusto, particularly in the Low Countries. These continue be a Moueix stronghold. He also addressed the quality issue. At that time, négociants simply visited a farmer, tasted and, if they bought, they blended and bottled under their own label. Jean-Pierre Moueix realised that the best way to differentiate his wines, in quality terms, would be to own the property or, at least, have a hand in the vineyard and cellar management. Thus began an a series of acquisitions and the forging of long term relationships with properties with which J-P Moueix have worked for decades.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

7d 15h ago

 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

13d 19h ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

21d 5h ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Who says China gets all the Lafite? Not The Mogul, who pulled out a 1959 Lafite Rothschild next. What a great bottle, this was clearly deeper and darker than the 1961. There was much more forest and cedar to this black Knight and night of a wine. Gentleman Jim noted ‘cinnamon, allspice and clove.’ Its flavors showed carob again, but this time with layers of caramel on top. This was a rich and saucy wine with nice concentrate to it in a grape seed and oil kind of way. There were solid desert flavors on its dry finish. This ‘screamed’ Lafite to Big Boy (97).

3m 8d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  11 wines 

I rarely award 100 points to a wine but here I did it for Ausone, Mouton Rothschild, Haut Brion, Margaux, Trotanoy, Lafleur, La Mission Haut Brion, 1968 Martha's Vineyard, 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle and 1963 Quinta do Noval Nacional. Thank you Robert for an unbelievable evening with the nicest of guests, a fantastic dinner at the marvelous Hotel Königshof in Munich. The wine service was, as always, impeccable led by the star sommelier Stephane Thuriot.

4m 5d ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  29 wines 

The tasting of the year - Vintage 1961 - 11 wines got full 100 points!

4m 25d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  12 wines 

The 1961 Petrus, as usual, was the top of the pyramid. This was a classic wine in every which way. This was a lot of people’s wine of the night, including mine. While my notes were waning, I did find it ‘rock solid with enough fine chalk and stone for a quarry,’ and its fruit was ‘absolutely perfect.’ It also got a ‘longggggggg’ (99pts).

4m 28d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  25 wines 

Let’s talk Bordeaux. The Commander brought two gorgeous ‘82s which were both singing. L’Evangile, which is now owned and run by Lafite, and Trotanoy, which is owned and run by the Moueix family (aka Petrus) remain two of the best buys in all of Bordeaux, and these two wines showed why. The L’Evangile had sexy aromas and flavors of plum, olive and chocolate, and while still a bit tight, it was thick and delicious. The Trotanoy was a bit more open, dare I say sexier in its nose, showing blacker fruit and great autum floor action. It may be maturing a touch faster than the L’Evangile, but I found them qualitatively equal. The 1985 Petrus has never been considered a great Petrus, but out of double magnum, it came damn close. It was another sexy Pomerol nose, with more wheat and dust, along with touches of purple marzipan. The palate was rich and beautiful, w ith hints of olive and plum, and richer and more tannic than I expected, probably thanks to the larger format as much as anything else.

5m 30d ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Ausone 2007 / Dark ripe nose with leather, plum, mint, strawberry jam. Beautifully textured on palate with juicy sweet fruit, velvety tannins, a certain note of drier fruit like prunes and some woody notes. Classical and aristocratic texture with great complexity and length. Warm, ripe and big, but very finely balanced and precise. 

6m 10d ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Bordeaux 2007 Tasting -Part I  Right Bank / 2007 Vintage was marked by regular rainfall all summer long and a beautiful month of September. The wines are aromatic and have retained great freshness. 


After an exceptionally warm month of April, the weather deteriorated starting in May. July was cool and wet, followed by a dry spell in early August, then showers at the end of that month. Fine weather returned in September, with three weeks of ideal conditions: hot days and cool nights.  The weather was more variable by the end of the month, with a few showers, although none were heavy or long-lasting.


 

6m 17d ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Mouton Rothschild 1947 / Philippe Dhalluin of Mouton had told me as I was heading off to taste this some years back from the storied cellars of The Beau Rivage in Geneva, “It has really hit its stride recently, it is magnificent.” He was certainly right relative to the stirring showing of this wine in a relatively Right Bank vintage. This to me very clearly is the wine of the vintage in the Medoc. And the “hot vintage” elements last evening were so gracefully kept in check by Mouton’s beautiful structure.
Ginger, coffee, cassis and mint swirl enticingly on the nose, and the wine opens with mint and black fruit, some apricot notes. At the mid palate poise and opulence seem to be dueling for precedence, but then the Mouton menthol, spices and nuttiness, and here some caramel and cassis, almost overtake the experience, and the nicely rounded tannins, and the gracious pervading core of fruit, the spice enlivened composure, lively if subtle acidity, along with truffles captivate on the simply bravura finish. 98 Points

8m 3d ago

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