The 2016 Trotte Vieille has a fresh bouquet, lively and generous with tensile black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the Cabernet Franc quite expressive. The medium-bodied palate is focused and full of energy, offering supple tannin and coalescing nicely toward the sweet, almost sorbet-fresh finish. Superb. Drink 2022-2045
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
The 2016 Trottevieille is a blend of 45% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 53% Cabernet Franc picked on 6 October for the Merlot and 18 October for the Cabernets, one of the latest in recent years. The yield was 37 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured entirely in new oak. The bouquet is quite intense, although personally I would have employed less new oak. However, it does open up nicely in the glass and imparts nuances such as orange blossom and incense aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, and here I feel the oak is simpatico with the fruit. It has a lovely grainy texture, great depth and maintains precision all the way through to the finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015 Trottevieille although it will require several years in bottle to subsume the oak.
Drink Date 2025 - 2050
|Score: 93/95||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Complex aromas of blackberries, dried flowers and other dark fruit. Shows hints of cedar and blackberries. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully integrated with rich tannins that just melt into the wine. Extremely fine and focused finish. Shows harmony and balance. Better after 2024.
|Score: 98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2019|
The polish and intensity to this are really impressive with such finesse and balance. Full-bodied yet tight and gorgeous. Tight and reserved. Such ethereal beauty. Finish goes on for minutes.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
Dark crimson. Quite appetising on the nose. Well judged. Not dramatic and verging on stringy but at least it's not OTT. If it could just move to being very slightly riper phenolically it would be a lovely wine. Drying finish.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
This Saint Emilion property is owned by the Casteja family of Chateau Batailley. Quality has been impressive here in recent vintages. 45% Merlot and 53% Cabernet Franc with 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, cropped at 37hl/ha. Cherries and violets on the nose with a little white chocolate. The palate is fleshy, ripe and round with plump Merlot fruit at the core. A little blueberry ripeness and sweet vanilla complete the smooth and silky texture to the wine, which is long and pure on the finish.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, February 2017|
The fruit on the nose is fragrant and fresh the palate sweet with ripe fruit mid generosity. Fine tannins underpin the ripe fruit gives silky smoothness at the back the finish tends to let it down slightly dry and lacking length. 2025-36
|Score: 87/90||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
A wine that carries its 100% new oak lightly, especially at this young age, this is a serious, concentrated St Emilion that’s built for the longer haul, but already shows the poise, texture and filigree tannins that define the Trottevieille style. 2024-32
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
A striking start to this wine as the ripe black fruits bristle then soften against the tannic structure, held carefully through the mid-palate and then lifted up on the finish to reveal their juiciness. Aromatic freshness combines with flavours of bitter dark chocolate, tight black cherries, slate and mineral notes. The 100% new oak is barely discernible except for a very light edge of charred cedar. I like this very much. 53% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, .
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 94||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|