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This Saint Emilion property is owned by the Castéja family of Château Batailley. Quality has been impressive here in recent vintages. The vineyard is planted with 50% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc - some of which is over 100 years old - with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The first vintage made in the estate's new winery, the 2021 Trotte Vieille has turned out beautifully, offering up aromas of sweet berries and cherries mingled with burning embers, rose petals and raw cocoa. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and polished, it's impressively deep and serious. It's a blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2021 Trotte Vieille is the first vintage vinified in the new facility, using 25 vats for 11.5 hectares that Frederic Castèja told me allowed them more flexibility to pick exactly when they wanted. Matured entirely in new oak plus a couple of amphorae, it has a very detailed bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and a hint of licorice and crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, certainly more detailed than previous vintages, and quite saline in the mouth, with a persistent finish. Classic in style, it has the tension to repay long-term cellaring. It may well end up at the top of my banded score.
The 2021 is 54% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc. Deep ruby purple in colour. Meaty, toasted wood is prominent on the nose together with cool, red, hedgerow fruit. The palate is spicy but soft and powdery in tannin. Full of juicy cherry fruit and roasted plums, the spice returns to linger on the finish. This should be an approachable, if toasty, wine to be enjoyed over the mid-term.
This is very tangy and bright with real cabernet franc character, showing currant, orange and fresh-herb notes. Medium body with wonderful energy and acidity. Fine tannins. Racy and juicy. 54% cabernet franc, 45% merlot, and 1% cabernet sauvignon.
A blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2021 Trotte Vieille is medium to deep garnet-purple colored. It sings of spiced black plums, blackberry compote, and kirsch with suggestions of cinnamon toast, licorice, and potpourri. Light to medium-bodied, the palate delivers crunchy black fruits with ripe, rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with lovely energy.
This austere vintage suits the style of Trottevieille, but risks being over-strict, and needs time to put flesh on the bones over ageing. Plenty of floral aromatics right off the bat, following by a mouthwatering combination of pumice-stone salinity, cassis and blackberry fruits, fennel and white pepper spice. Will take its time, but reward patience. 32hl/h yield, 100% new oak. First year in new winery, with double the number of vats (12 up to 25). Axel Marchal consultant.