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Trotanoy 2010

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

Think of this wine as the 1998 on steroids! Showing better out of bottle than it did from barrel, this wine has put on considerable weight. It is full-bodied, masculine (as most vintages of Trotanoy tend to be), with loads of earthy, foresty notes intermixed with black and red fruits, a meaty, almost charcuterie note to it, an inky/purple color, some sweetness on the attack, but then the tannins kick in, making the wine seem at least a decade away from accessibility to most consumers. The texture is layered, the purity impressive, and the overall symmetry, balance and integration of all of the wine's building blocks are flawless. Forget it for 10 years and drink it over the following 35 years. Bravo!

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013

The 2010 Trotanoy is surly and backward on the nose, clearly a Pomerol demanding extended cellaring. The palate is medium-bodied, its bold tannic chassis just beginning to soften. This has a superb bead of acidity threaded through the bell pepper-tinged, tertiary black fruit with a gentle but insistent grip on the finish. This is clearly a Pomerol of real pedigree and I adore its truffly aftertaste. Excellent. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. 2027 - 2065

Neal Martin, vinous.com, April 2020

Stunning nose with wild strawberries, vanilla and raspberries. Opens up with a little time in the glass to sweet licorice, blueberries and some graphite. Round and full on the palate with an amazing fruit and refined tannins. Truly superb. Hard not to drink now. Try from 2016.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2013

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Trotanoy has a nose of prunes, dried mulberries and baked black cherries with hints of cigar box and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a good amount of muscular fruit with a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness to carry the earthy flavors to a long finish. 2020 - 2046

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

Very vibrant dark crimson. Quite light nose. Lovely purity - wonderful balance. Sui generis. Not sure it's immediately apparent that this is Pomerol. Very eloquent and confident. Polished and aromatic. Lovely freshness. Fruit almost covers the tannins.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2011

Sadly we do not have first hand allocations of this Chateau but hope to have small quantities later in the campaign. 97% Merlot, some 2500 cases will be produced from this clay/gravel terroir near to Le Pin. There is intense (yet fresh) black Merlot fruit here. A touch of prunes and black olives all wrapped up in a lovely, silky, cashmere cloak of smoothness. A great and intense Pomerol that is rich but not heavy. Refined yet luxurious.

Farr Vintners, April 2011

The nose is deep and profound and the black fruited power enriches the palate. Ripe tannins add to the suppleness with fleshy black plum giving a sensuous richness. Layers of fruit give complexity with the freshness behind balancing the sweet fruited power.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2011
Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2011

Dense, complex - a block of a wine this year. Definitely more virile than '09. Powerful tannic frame but layers of fruit and as always a minerally freshness and length. Drink 2020-2045.

James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2011
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The 2010 Trotanoy should turn out to be as sublime as the 2008. It is a bigger, but more backward and monolithic effort with an inky/purple color as well as abundant black fruit and foresty characteristics. Made in a decidedly tannic, masculine, structured style, this wine is loaded, but a decade of patience will be essential for potential purchasers.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011

Tasted at the Trotanoy vertical in Hong Kong, the 2010 Trotanoy was consistent with my previous tasting notes. The bouquet, this time, was unapologetically Pomerol whereas in the past it has swayed a little towards Saint Emilion. There are still those hints of marmalade that infuse the black fruit, although there is now more mineralité emerging. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine but firm tannin. Again, the mineralité locked into this wine is at a level that I have not seen before, and the energy, the coiled-up tension on the finish is just outstanding. Is it as good as the 2009? Perhaps not quite...but, it is not far off. Tasted November 2016.
Drink Date 2025 - 2060

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Trotanoy 2010 has a rounded bouquet with very pure Merlot - more Saint Emilion than Pomerol perhaps, but it is nicely defined with touches of over-ripe oranges and marmalade developing with aeration. This seems exotic for Trotanoy. It is very ripe and generous with a sweet core of spicy fruit, exerting fine grip with a saline finish. This is a fine Pomerol wine although it does not quite meet its promise from barrel. Tasted January 2014.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2014

Tasted at the offices of Ets J-P Moueix , the Trotanoy 2010 is (comme d'habitude) very broody and introspective as this nascent juncture. Give it time, for with aeration it reveals some lovely blackberry fruit, hints of dark chocolate and crushed stone. IT is very well defined. The palate is very well balanced with fine acidity and grippy tannins. It is a bit of beast at the moment and will need at least a decade in bottle. The pertinent question is whether the 2010 is as good as the 2009? Perhaps not quite, as I was looking for a little more finesse and complexity on the finish, but you can never tell exactly how this wine will develop with age. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, February 2013

As with all the samples from JP Moueix, I leave this for 3-4 minutes in the glass to coalesce. The nose has very good intensity with blackberry, briary, wild hedgerow, cassis, Provencal herbs and orange essence. Very good definition: the more you wait, the more this nascent Trotanoy offers. The palate is medium-bodied with an immediately engaging spicy entry, wonderful definition and harmony, supremely focused with a precision that is top class. This is a sensational Pomerol. Tasted April 2011.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2011

Pure aromas of dark fruits from raspberries to blueberries. Full bodied, with super silky tannins that are refined and elegant. The texture of this wine caresses all of your palate. Very powerful

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2011
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