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A few days ago we released the 2019 vintage of  Espérance de Trotanoy. 

2019 is an exceptional, if small, vintage. Two main factors led to the small yields: first, a difficult flowering that resulted in an uneven fruit set, followed by a hot and dry summer that led to optimal concentration of the berries. 

A few numbers to illustrate this phenomenon: 

  • Average number of berries per cluster of Merlot: 120 (instead of 200 on average) 
  • Average weight of a berry: 1.2 gram (instead of 1.5 on average)

The wines are excellent, very seductive in their youth, with supple tannins. 

Espérance de Trotanoy, a confidential cuvée only produced in the best vintages since 2009, comes mainly from the gravelly parcels located in the north-east part of the Trotanoy vineyard. 

In 2019, Espérance presents a brilliant ruby robe. The nose expresses aromas of cherry, forest berries and a hint of spice. On the palate, the wine is open and vibrant unfolding with smooth, silky tannins. The savory finish is remarkably long, characteristic of this exceptional vintage.



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.

Drink this red wine from France ideally tempered at 15 - 18°C as an accompanying wine to braised chicken in red wine, lamb stew with chickpeas and dried figs or duck breast with sugar snaps.



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.



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. 


Chateau Trotanoy encompasses a 7.2 hectare (17.8 acre) vineyard, situated in the heart of the Pomerol plateau, sloping gently westward. The highest points of the vineyard are home to a soil with abundant gravel, while clay dominates the soil lower down. This clay sits atop a subsoil of red gravel and a layer of hard “crasse de fer,” rich in iron. It is this diversity of different but complementary soil types that is believed to lend to the estate’s wines their signature power, depth and complexity. The vineyards of Chateau Trotanoy were some of the only ones in Pomerol not to be damaged by the frost of 1956 and the high survival rate of its vines has pushed up the average age, which is around 35 years old today.

Chateau Trotanoy

© Château Trotanoy

The vineyards are cultivated by means of sustainable viticultural techniques, with the soil tilled in four different ways and the vine growth management closely adapted to the climatic conditions of the vintage. The vines are severely pruned in the winter, followed by crop-thinning, de-leafing and stripping away some of the clusters in the summer in order to reduce yields and achieve only the best, most concentrated fruit. The vineyard is planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reflecting – more or less – the proportions of the final blend.


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.


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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 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2021 / 55% Semillon + 45% Semillon. Great intensity of green apple, pear and pineapple, acidity, crispiness, structure and length. Vibrant. Long lemony aftertaste. Sheer class. 98+p.

2m 27d ago

 James Suckling., Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 2021 / This has so much depth and power, with complex notes of flint, oyster shell, white pepper, dried mango, lemon, papaya, apricot stone and chalk. Medium-to full-bodied. Bright, yet creamy. It’s so long and concentrated. Wait and see. 90% sauvignon blanc, 5% semillon, 5% sauvignon gris. From organically grown grapes. 98-99

3m 3d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  745 wines 

This years "en primeur" tasting seemed like a journey in time. Bordeaux is back to a more moderate alcohol level and the style is lighter and more elegant. One could say the wines are reminiscent of the 80s, however made with more experience and the modern techniques today. It is not a powerful vintage. The wines are elegant, however the well made ones have an excellent persistence, depth and length. They offer a convincing potential for a long ageing and promote elegance in Bordeaux again. It is a true vintage of terroir although there is a lot of talk about a vintners vintage. However, terroir was the decisive factor in 2021.

Professor Axel Marchal has presented the 10 key points of this vintage on the occasion of the Union des Grands Crus press tasting:

"1. The start of the growing season was marked by severe frost on the 7th and 8th of April.

2. Wet and gloomy weather in May slowed down the vine growth although a providential window of fine weather helped flowering unfold in ideal conditions in early June.

3. Thunderstorms in June slowed down the onset of water stress.

4: Cool, dull weather in July increased the threat of vine diseases.

5. Véraison (colour change) was observed in mid-August, while vine growth had not stopped yet.

6. Thanks to a cool summer, the dry white wines are brilliant, lively and aromatic.

7. The wonderful Indian Summer allowed the red grape varieties to ripen in ideal conditions and preserved aromas.

8. The Merlots are fresh and aromatic while the Cabernets from the finest terroirs are well-structured with good balance.

9. The development of Botrytis cinerea in Sauternes was delayed by the cool summer and eventually triggered by rainfall in mid-September.

10. Despite low yields, the botrytised sweet white wines are of excellent quality."

It will be exciting to see the evolution of this vintage which produced in many cases yields on a very low scale. Arguably it will be a vintage praised for it finesse in the future. A vintage rated on finesse and persistence rather than on sheer power and opulence.

4m 16d ago

 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Moet & Chandon Vintage 1911 / This was a later release; in fact, it was released by Moet to celebrate the 100th year of this vintage.  When first released, it was sold at auction along with a date with Scarlett Johansson.  I’m not sure if the first buyer ever got that date, but I do know that the second buyer insisted if he got that date, Hollywood history might have been a little different lol.  There was a ‘bigger finish’ here per Big Boy, and Jetski admired its ‘smokiness.’  There was so much exotic to this bottle – exotic fruits, exotic fireplace.  It was clearly the most complex, and most people’s favorite.  110 years old never tasted so good (98).

5m 9h ago

 Jeff Leve, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  20 wines 

2020 Bordeaux is the grand finale of the never-before-experienced, three consecutive run of great vintages. Yes, there has been a few back-to-back double plays, but this is the first time Bordeaux has ever experienced a full hat trick. There are differences in the vintages, which will become more apparent as the wines age and evolve. Each vintage is unique. Perhaps 2020 is closest to 2018, for its opulent, velvet drenched, sensuous style.  Though, it is important to note that you also find freshness, lift and elegance. Here is something to consider about 2020, alcohol levels are lower for many estates, which is surprising with hot, dry years like 2020.

9m 26d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  29 wines 

1982 is an iconic vintage for Bordeaux, and for many wine lovers, it’s a reference point as a modern, ripe year that was delicious from the onset. The top wines are still holding up well and show no signs of fading. However, some of the lesser wines are starting to show its age. This ripe vintage has given us a wide drinking window, regardless of the specific appellation and terroir. For those that still have some top 1982 Bordeaux in your cellar, there is no rush to pull the cork. A long life ahead awaits these beauties.

10m 20d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  153 wines 

2020 – the paradox vintage - part two

1y 4m ago

 Stephen Tanzer, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Petrus 1961 / Deep red-ruby color with an amber edge. Utterly singular perfumed, high-pitched aromas of loganberry, cherry and flowers. An awesomely concentrated wine of huge power and depth. Chewy with extract and wonderfully sweet and rich. Shows the strong iron note I often get from merlot on the Pomerol plateau, along with superripe suggestions of cherry liqueur and dark chocolate. Finishes with great grip and length, and a bit less sweetness than the middle palate would suggest. Drink now through 2020.

2y 21d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  9 wines 

Todays tasting featured a series of wines from Jean-Pierre Moueix showing the great qualities of the terroir in the heart of Pomerol in this vintage. Especially Château Trotanoy was stunning.

2y 4m ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  22 wines  from  Château Trotanoy . In a tasting of  22 wines 

By the end of 2018 I have collected 23 vintages of Trotanoy in my cellar, purchased from different sources in Denmark and abroad - 2015-14-12-10-09-08-05-04-01-00-1998-95-90-1986-85-83-82-1978-75-71-70-1966 and 1916. Few months before tasting taking place in Copenhagen, March 2020, I purchased a perfect bottle of 1964 Trotanoy and decided to replace 1986 Trotanoy with it. I've always wanted to learn more about this property, since I only tasted very few vintages from the bottle before and most of the my TNs were from barrel tastings during primeurs. I was really lucky with my purchases - only one vintage out of 23 presented at the tasting was corked and it was 1995.

Trotanoy is a very complete wine, powerful, corpulent and with strong backbone, but also with much elegance, finesse and sophisticated touch. It's a very long life span, so you think Trotanoy can live forever! Ocassionally, it gives his famous brother, Petrus, a run for its money. For me, it's among three very best Pomerols, together with Petrus and Lafleur. And of course it's one of Bordeaux best wines!

2y 5m ago

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