Trotanoy is one of the top names of the Pomerol appellation and is has been made by the Jean-Pierre Moueix company since the 1950's. The 7.2 hectare vineyard is planted with 100% Merlot. Very limited quantities available.
The 2019 Trotanoy was picked on a single day - 21 September and is matured in 50% new oak. Now this has a more backward bouquet than say Hosanna or La Fleur-Pétrus, biding its time before revealing extraordinarily pure black fruit laced with ethereal crushed stone and discrete blood orange scents. It displays astonishing delineation. The palate is utterly harmonious, quite dense yet refined and graceful. Hints of dark chocolate and truffle emerge towards the finish as it fans out gloriously. Quite simply, one of the best Pomerols...again. 2028 - 2060
The opaque purple-black colored 2019 Trotanoy slowly emerges from the glass with mystic notes of incense, iron ore, woodsmoke, black truffles and fragrant earth, giving way to a powerful core of ripe black plums, black cherry compote and mulberries with hints of graphite, crushed rocks and moss plus an enchanting waft of iris. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals a heart-thumping interplay between profoundly rich black fruit and an incredible array of mineral and floral sparks, supported by firm-yet-approachable ripe, rounded tannins and tons of freshness, finishing on a persistent ferrous note. Just magic.
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.
The 2019 Trotanoy is a powerful, searing wine. Far from an eaysgoing 2019, Trotanoy is going to demand cellaring. Today, the tannins are front and center, but there is enough persistence to get an impression of what is to come. Trotanoy is often a big, potent Pomerol. In 2019, those signatures are amplified in dramatic fashion, as the fruit really enrobes the tannins, resulting in a Trotanoy unlike any I have ever tasted. Christian Moueix adds that he harvested the entire vineyard in a single day whereas the gravel parcels are usually picked a week before the portions planted on clay.
The harvest took place on September 21st, and is 100% Merlot, which will be aged for 16-18 months in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby purple in the glass with a ripe, sweet nose of poaches plums and dark cherries. The palate is creamy, rich and round, with polished red and black fruits. The oak is well judged, adding subtle sweet vanilla and wood char without dominating the fruit. The tannins are seamless, giving a rounded, cashmere texture. Chocolatey and fleshy on a sumptuous, long finish.
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
100% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Deep purple-crimson. Massive wine with huge extract but seamlessly contained. Dark, blackcurrant-pastille nose. Masses of dark fruit on the palate offset by a leafy, mineral freshness. Big tannic frame but simultaneously suave and controlled. Just builds and builds. Will definitely make old bones. (JL)
Drink 2030 – 2050