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Trotanoy 2016

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

Trotanoy is one of the top names of the Pomerol appellation and is has been made by the Jean-Pierre Moueix company since the 1950's. The 7.2 hectare vineyard is planted with 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. Very limited quantities available.

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Tasting Notes

Composed of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Trotanoy is characteristically a little closed at this youthful stage, slowly unfurling to reveal compelling notions of chocolate-covered cherries, black raspberries and mulberries with touches of pencil lead, crushed rocks, underbrush and chargrill plus a fragrant waft of star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid frame of grainy tannins and invigorating freshness supporting the densely packed, muscular fruits, finishing very long and mineral laced. 2022 - 2055

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018

There’s decadence and complexity to this young wine, which offers spellbinding dark fruit. But there are also wild mushrooms, sandalwood, blackberries and violets on the nose, not to mention black olives. Full bodied, very deep and layered. Powerful finish. Drink after 2025.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019

Trotanoy more than delivers on its promise in this vintage, the purity of the black fruit, the confidence of its delivery, the depth of the flavours that just keep on giving. This has the line walking thing, where on the one side you have austerity, on the other you have richness, and it keeps tilting but never declaring its hand on either side. What a wine - fruits, minerals, texture, layers; crazy! 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. 98-100 points.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2050

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017

Dark crimson. Meaty nose and lots of polish on the palate. Really quite exciting spark with very refined tannins. Everything is packed in here.
Drink 2026-2045

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017

A structured, powerful wine, the 2016 Château Trotanoy checks in as 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc from one of the great sites in Pomerol, a 7-hectare vineyard located on gravelly, black clay soils. This ruby/purple-hued effort gives up a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberry and black raspberry fruits intermixed with loads of iron and crushed rock-like minerality, smoke tobacco, and graphite. It's deep, full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, with sensational purity of fruit and balance as well as building tannins and structure. It's built for the long haul and needs a solid 7-8 years of bottle age, but it will keep for 3 decades or more. Drink 2026-2056.

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019

The nose has a powerful mix of black fruits the palate fleshy with ripe black plum the sweet fruit supported by fine integrated tannins. There is balance underlying bramble fresher at the back with ripe plum giving fleshy richness on the finish. 2025-40

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Big, bold, butch and structured, this is an immense Trotanoy with ferrous grip, layers of tannin, dark plum, cassis and blackberry fruit, a grassy undertone and the power and concentration to age for 20 years or more. The freshness of the finish is a delight. 2026-40

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017
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The 2016 Trotanoy is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc this year. It easily possesses the finest bouquet within the J-P Moueix portfolio. It blossoms in the glass with exuberant black and red fruit infused with minerals, black truffle and a hint of blood orange, yet there is always something enigmatic about Trotanoy at this primordial stage, something on which you cannot put your finger. The palate is medium-bodied with firm structure, slightly chalky tannins surrounded by wondrous, vibrant black fruit that shimmers in the glass. It is a brilliant Trotanoy that is bound up with energy and tension. Superb from start to finish, this is likely to surpass the 2015 and is one of the stars of Pomerol this vintage.
Drink Date 2028 - 2055

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

Wow. This is really powerful and structured with a tight and linear backbone of tannins that run through the wine, making it a solid and beautiful thing. Full-bodied, layered and strong. Exciting energy here.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017
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