The 2008 Trottevieille is a vintage that I have not tasted for a few years and it was not included in my recent 10 Year On retrospective. Clear ruby/purple in colour, it has a beautiful bouquet with black and blueberry fruit, iodine and violet. This is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet candied entry, quite modern in style with a sense of lushness that is not common in the 2008 Right Banks. This is a classy number, one that builds on previous showings. Served at Château Batailley by Philippe Castèja. 2018 - 2030
|Score: 91||Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), July 2018|
2008: Composed of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Trottevieille achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits abundant oak, some minerality, moderately high tannins and a touch of austerity. Nevertheless, it offers sweet currants, black cherries and hints of cedarwood as well as underbrush. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
|Score: 88+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (194), May 2011|
Like the other estates of proprietor Philippe Casteja, there has been a dramatic increase in quality at this property over the last 7-8 years. The 2008 exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet perfume of black fruits, spring flowers, licorice, and a hint of earth. Medium to full-bodied and pure with a beautiful texture, good acidity, and high levels of sweet tannin, it will require 2-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more
|Score: 90/93||Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009|
Tasted at the UGC 2008 tasting in London. This Chateau Trottevieille has turned out nicely. The bouquet takes time to bloom, but bloom it does with fragrant blueberry and cassis fruit intermingled with sweet vanilla and a touch of violet. Fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied, caressing on the entry with fine tannins, just a hint of lemon rind lending edginess towards the quite sumptuous finish, although it does not quite have the persistency to merit a higher score at the moment. Still, very commendable for the vintage. Drink 2013-2020. Tasted November 2010.
|Score: 90||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, January 2010|
The still vibrant ruby/purple-colored 2008 Château Trotte Vieille comes from old vine Cabernet Franc, with the balance Merlot and a tiny amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, all of which was raised in new French oak. Still youthful, with terrific notes of black cherries, currants, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, ripe, still present tannins, terrific balance, and a lengthy finish. It’s surprisingly young and unevolved and has another 10-15 years ahead of it. 2019 - 2034
|Score: 90+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, February 2019|
Generous, almost jammy style of fruit on the nose. Then a leafy element on the palate, which gives a herbal contrast to the ripe fruit. Very fine-grained tannins, medium body, moderate length. Solid if not wowing. (RH) 2016 – 2028
|Score: 17||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018|