One of the most celebrated wines of Pomerol and Bordeaux, Château Trotanoy has been in the JP Moueix Stable (which includes amongst others La Fleur-Pétrus in Pomerol and Dominus in the Napa Valley) since 1953. It is perfectly situated on gravel and clay on the Pomerol plateau, not far from Pétrus, Trotanoy's 7.2ha is planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. With naturally low yields, Trotanoy is one of Pomerol's most profound and concentrated wines needing at least a decade and usually longer to start hitting its straps.
"Wow. So tight with fantastic quality to the exquisite, polished tannins. It’s full-bodied, savory and beautiful. The tannins are nearly perfectly integrated, just melting into the wine. This goes on and on."
98-99 Points, JamesSuckling.com
"As is so often the case, a different frame and a different conversation is going on at Trotanoy. It's a little darker fruit than many in the vintage, with firm and plentiful tannins, really knitted down cassis and bilberry that opens up through the palate and adds on layers of earth, slate, liquorice, coffee and chocolate, but all holding themselves back, content to be subtle hints at this stage of the process. Hard to argue with. A yield of 32hl/ha. Unusually 100% Merlot.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2048"
98 Points, Decanter
"Deep colour. Fresh liquorice, black cherry, dark plum with roasted chestnut hint sesame notes. Chocolaty black cherry chocolaty textures integrated acidity and underlying savoury oak. Sinewy firm finish with plenty of flavour length. Generous and richly flavoured with a vigorous undercarriage."
94-96 Points, Langton's
Pomerol, on the Right Bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde River, produces some of the world’s most sought-after wines, including those from such storied properties as Chateau Petrus. Yet Pomerol, the smallest of the fine-wine-producing districts of Bordeaux, offers no Grand Cru or Premier Cru wines: It’s the most significant Bordeaux appellation not included in any quality ranking. At the time of the historic 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, Right Bank chateaux were considered remote and difficult to travel to, and so were ignored by the merchants who created the classification. (St. Émilion, a notable neighbour on the Right Bank, created its own classification system in 1954.)
Pomerol has managed to do quite well without this form of validation. Pomerol’s predominantly clay soil is ideally suited for Merlot, the primary grape used in the appellation. Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are also included in Pomerol’s blended red wines. The wines of Pomerol are lush and rich, and generally not as tannic as the Cabernet-based wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Although Pomerol’s very best wines are capable of aging for decades, most are made for immediate consumption. These Merlot-based wines are known for their lush texture, elegance and grace, as well as the softer tannins they offer in comparison to the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines made elsewhere in Bordeaux.