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Trotanoy 2008

Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

2008: One of the superstars of the vintage, the 2008 Trotanoy is a wine that transcends the vintage. Typically, this is not one of the more lush, sexy wines of Pomerol, but rather a muscular, masculine effort, and that's the case in 2008. A deep purple color is followed by copious amounts of red and black fruit, earth, cedar and forest floor notes. The wine reveals a full-bodied texture, phenomenal concentration for a 2008, plenty of sweet tannin and a terrific finish. While it was surprisingly approachable, it will benefit from several years of cellaring and last 20-25 years. Bravo!

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (196), May 2011

The greatest Trotanoy since 1998, 1982 and 1961? I always thought the 1998 was the modern day reference for this estate after 1982, but the amazing 2008 appears to be even denser and richer with higher, yet even sweeter tannin. It should prove to be a monumental wine as well as a legend in the making. Its inky/ruby/purple color is followed by a sensational bouquet of liquid earth intermixed with exceptional quantities of red and black fruits as well as hint of ink. Very dense, full-bodied, muscular, and massive, but in spite of some impressive grip and tannin, everything is gorgeously integrated because of the extraordinarily long maceration period of the grapes on the vine. Full-bodied and phenomenally concentrated with a prodigious sweetness and layered mouthfeel, this is unquestionably one of the vintage's superstars. It should evolve for three decades or more. Kudos to Christian Moueix and his new oenologist, Eric Murisasco

Robert Parker, RobertParker.com (182), April 2009

The 2008 Trotanoy is a ferociously backward Pomerol that did not engage at Farr’s horizontal. Another bottle served over lunch that had undergone a long decanting was far more representative. It has a gorgeous bouquet with raspberry and menthol, a little dark chocolate and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with ample freshness and vigor although it clearly demands a long aeration to really click into fifth gear. This is a multi-dimensional Trotanoy that probably needs another couple of years in bottle. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 10-Year On tasting. 2021 - 2036

Neal Martin, Vinous Table (vinous.com), May 2018

Offers dark chocolate and fresh berry character, with a hint of plum tart. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and tannins. Long and chewy. All there.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2009

The fleshiness of the black fruits gives richness on the nose and a voluptuous flesh on the palate. The sweetness is well balanced by fresher underlying raspberry and currant that give brightness on the finish and ensure an appealing elegance.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2009
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