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Starting with the 2009 vintage, the estate has also produced a second wine named Esperance de Trotanoy from a selection of gravel-based parcels located in the northeastern section of the property. Esperance is more fruit-forward in profile than its older brother and is approachable even after just a few years in the bottle. Nevertheless, this Pomerol still displays the depth, complexity and concentration that has become the hallmark of the chateau’s wines. Like Chateau Trotanoy, Esperance de Trotanoy is vinified in small concrete tanks and matured in French oak barrels. It is only produced in small quantities and only when the conditions of the vintage allow for it.
Drought and cool temperatures contribute to optimal ripeness
The sum of summer temperatures in 2010 was close to that of summer 2009 (962°C compared to 982°C), but decidedly chillier than those of 2005, which totalled 1052°C. These cool temperatures had a substantial influence on the balance of our wines, preserving a good level of acidity and attractive aromatic freshness.
Very little rainfall (only 267 mm) from March to August 2010 generating a drought of similar intensity to that of 2005, when only 227mm of rain fell.
Another feature of the 2010 vintage is the low temperatures above all in the first three weeks of August, which made for the preservation of good levels of acidity in the grapes while also maintaining attractive aromatic freshness.