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Château Trotanoy, a famous growth whose soil was too hard to work (« trop anoi » in medieval French) is located on the Right Bank of the Bordeaux wine region on one of the most beautiful parts of Pomerol. As all wine produced in this appellation, Château Trotanoy is unclassified, but the estate is estimated among the great growths of the region. It was purchased in 1953 by the Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix. Château Trotanoy’s vineyard was one of the few not to be frozen in 1956 and counts today very old vines, the average being close to 40 years. The same viticultural and technical approach as on other Moueix estates is applied here: severe pruning, crop thinning and de-leafing.

In the 18th century when owned by the pioneering Giraud family, the estate enjoyed a good reputation under the name Trop Ennuie. In the early 19th century Jean-Jacques Moueix, nephew of Jean-Pierre Moueix, gave the estate its present name.
As Château Pétrus, Trotanoy is in the portfolio of Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix, and its wine said to be made in a similar style to Pétrus.


Soil: deep clay and gravel soil

Production area: 7,2 ha

Grape varieties: Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 10%

Average age of vines: 45 years

Ageing: in 40% new oak barrels for about 18 months
 

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It was Bordeaux’s turn to take a spin around the 1971 vintage with a couple of Pomerols in charge, starting with a magnum of 1971 Trotanoy.  It was much fresher that the bottle the night before, but then I wrote fresher wasn’t the right word.  The other was much more oaky, while this magnum was rich, creamy and coconutty, more classical in every which way.  This was a perfect Trot, with round and tender leathery supplements, along with citrusy ones and a succulent, plummy core (96M).

  • 96p

Tasted in March 2020. Accompagned in same flight by 1964, 1966 and 1975. As spectacular wine as 1964! Same description, little difference in style, very typical wine for this property. 10-15 years more in the cellar for sure.

  • 97p

The 1971 Trotanoy is a wine that I have drunk a dozen times, and this bottle is exactly what I have come to expect. Deep in color, it has a wonderful marine-influenced and saline bouquet, burly and forthright; mint aromas emerge with time. The firm, structured palate is beautifully balanced, with impressive depth and intensity, though in recent years it has begun to lose some of its flesh. Yet there is a sense of harmony, and the effortless, tobacco-tinged finish is delightful. Drink over the next decade, and do check provenance as there is some bottle variation. Tasted at Mere restaurant in London.

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A strong year for the appellation, this wine continued to shine, and gain in appeal and distinction. Cassis and mint on the nose, fairly heady fruit as it opens. A wine of becoming vigor, with plums, cherries and truffles en route to, and at the mid palate. The tannins are nicely melting here, there is a vivid streak of acidity. Nicely textured, well concentrated, cigar box and plums emerge next. The stylish sweetness of the property is on wonderful display towards the finale. Dark cherries, gentle notes of earth and spice, all invigorate the palate on a nicely resolved, vibrant, seamless finish that only grew in seductiveness. 97 Points

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Pomerol, Bordeaux

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