This virile, muscular offering’s dense plum/garnet color is followed by aromas of saddle leather, undergrowth, and black fruits. Made in a brooding, medium-bodied, backward style for the vintage, it possesses good weight and richness, firm tannin, and a hint of truffles. Less charming and developed than La Fleur-Petrus, this powerful, structured 2001 requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 12-15.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
|Score: 90/92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
Tasted at the Trotanoy vertical in Hong Kong, the 2001 Trotanoy is unquestionably a Pomerol that had to endure a difficult infancy before blossoming into the wine it is today. Indeed, both the reviews from Robert Parker and myself were lukewarm out of barrel and in its first few years, perhaps surprising considering the quality of 2001s in this appellation. Now with 15 years under its belt, it is developing far more complexity in aromatics, quite tertiary in style but with plenty of fruit and outstanding delineation. The palate is structured and firm, very focused with a tight grip in the mouth. Unusually, it is the 2000 Trotanoy that is more expressive at the moment since this 2001 is relatively broody and introspective compared to its peers. Yet there is so much energy palpable in this wine, plus a beguiling sense of harmony towards the finish. This is one to watch... Tasted November 2016.
Drink Date 2020 - 2050
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (231), June 2017|
This has a very earthy bouquet with touches of rusty nail and undergrowth, but well defined if lacking a little vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with dry tannins on the entry, some leafy Cabernet Franc here. Good acidity, masculine with a slightly foursquare finish but fine length and dimension. This has more to give and indeed, returning after two hours this has retained such vigour and sinew...but it’s a bit of a beast at the moment. Tasted March 2011.
|Score: 94||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, May 2011|
Pale evolved rim. A little bit pinched compared with La Fleur Petrus. Tough finish.
|Score: 15.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|