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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
We have to admit it….. we love Trotanoy. We wake up with the view of their beautiful cypress trees when we are in Pomerol, and we love how this wine ages so well. The 2020 vintage suits Trotanoy with its dark glossy colour and fabulous nose of violets, cassis, cedar, sweet blueberries, floral notes of hedgerow blossom and a touch of oak. The texture is velvety, soft and very beautiful with a tannic reverberation which is very energetic. This wine’s intensity and power is well matched by the gravelly, truffley undertone which balances the tannin and makes the wine very complete. A majestic Trotanoy which really shows that this wine merits its place at the top of the Pomerol Pantheon. Super and with great aging potential.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".