Deep purple in the glass, with rich and dark fruit on the nose. The palate has great depth of black fruit, supported by glossy but plentiful tannins that are ripe but mouthcoating. The fruit has fantastic delineation - creamy cherries, fresh black plum, cool blackcurrant - and is supported by well-judged savoury, lightly meaty oak. The finish is long, pure and firm. This will be a fantastic Trotanoy for those willing to lay it down.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
The medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Trotanoy is made of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. The first sniff and WOW, it gives an incredible perfume of red roses, candied violets, molten licorice and spice cake over a core of plum preserves, raspberry compote, dried mulberries, iron ore and camphor plus a waft of woodsmoke. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with exquisitely polished, beautifully poised red and black fruit layers with loads of mineral sparks, framed by super ripe, rounded tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing very long, culminating in a lingering ferrous note.
|Score: 97/99+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This is such a pinpointed and precise wine that shows a fantastic center palate of ripe and rich fruit with a combination of chocolate and cedar. Full-bodied, racy and focused. Lasts for minutes.
|Score: 98/99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 Trotanoy is insanely beautiful. Remarkably finessed, and, dare I say it understated, for a young Trotanoy, the 2018 speaks with a regal, aristocratic tone. The classic sense of verticality and depth that is such a Trotanoy signature is present, but I am also very much struck by the level of detail and overall precision in the wine. Dark stone fruit, licorice, gravel and lavender are some of the many notes that begin to develop in the glass, but ultimately, Trotanoy is a wine to treasure for its exquisite balance.
|Score: 96/99||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Black core with deep cherry rim. Sweet black fruit with a touch of vanilla. Darker and more savoury on the palate, with lovely freshness that is both acidity and tannins. Fine-boned even with all this fruit concentration and aromatic richness. Thick, compact chewy tannins that build in the mouth and need plenty of time in the bottle but the balance is there for a long life though there is a slight hardness on the finish at the moment. (JH)
|Score: 17.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Made from a 90/10 split of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château Trotanoy is a deep, powerful, almost brooding effort that oozes notes of blackcurrants, graphite, spice box, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality. Massively concentrated, full-bodied, and structured as all hell, it's not for those looking for instant gratification, but it’s a legendary Pomerol in the making. A decade of cellaring might not be enough.
|Score: 97/100||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
Gorgeous, showing hefty structure throughout, carrying waves of tobacco- and charcoal-coated cassis, steeped plum and warm fig fruit. The dense finish is packed together now and seriously long. A very complete wine that helps set the bar in this vintage.
|Score: 97/100||James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2019|
This is powerful and beautiful, pulsating with black fruits, liquorice and confident tannins - it doesn't just walk the line, it owns the line.
While it perhaps doesn’t quite have the pure and absolute majesty of 2010, it is another crazy good year for Trotanoy offering an unusually seductive charm along with the power.
There’s no question that the vintage was handled with aplomb; there’s not the slightest trace of the warmth of the summer with the feeling that the wine ate it right up just taking what it needed. 98-100 points.
Drinking Window 2028 - 2045
|Score: 98||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|
(90 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc) Marvellously belligerent in 2018, Trotanoy does not feel the need to jump through hoops for us tasters because it knows just how good it is. Instead this wine crouches, tightly-wound in the corner revealing little of its flavours. Only the empty glass after tasting revealed the complexity and scale of the fruit in this wine. Initially I thought that there were only black fruit tones here, but the empty glass with the red wine stains reveals some mulberry and cherry notes, too, which mean that this is a far more complex being than one might have guessed. It will be a slow-mover, but this will be a giant in years to come.
|Score: 18.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|