1985 Trotanoy Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
  • JG 94

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JG 94
View From The Cellar, October 2014
This is a very young and still quite primary example of the 1985 vintage, and I have little doubt that, given sufficient bottle age, this will eventually be one of the wines of the vintage, as it shows outstanding... This is a very young and still quite primary example of the 1985 vintage, and I have little doubt that, given sufficient bottle age, this will eventually be one of the wines of the vintage, as it shows outstanding intensity of flavor, an utterly seamless personality and extraordinary balance and precision. The youthful bouquet offers up a lovely blend of red and black plums, a touch of nutskin, mocha, cigar smoke, a beautifully complex base of gravelly soil, coffee, fresh herbs and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and very pure, with a fine core, excellent intensity and nascent complexity, moderate, perfectly-integrated tannins and outstanding length and grip on the suave, understated and dancing finish. The worst-case scenario for the 1985 Trotanoy is that it evolves into a beautifully perfumed and complex middleweight, but my gut instincts is that (like so many other ‘85s a few years ago) there is more depth and structure here than currently meets the eye and that this wine is likely to put on weight over the course of the next decade and blossom into a reference point vintage of Trotanoy. Time will tell. If it does so, my score will seem conservative! 94+
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 1985

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Trotanoy is vinified in small concrete vats and the young wine matures in 50% new oak barrels for about 18 months. When ready, this wine shows enormous complexity and concentration. It can easily be kept 25 years or more in great vintages.

Winery

Trotanoy

Pomerol’s famous Trotanoy, whose soil was too hard to work and thus called “trop anoi” (too annoying) in medieval French, is located on one of the most beautiful parts of the Pomerol plateau. The fascinating soil diversity—half gravel mixed with clay and half deep black clay —with the presence of “machefer” or iron pan in the subsoil, brings power, depth and complexity to the wine.

Chateau Trotanoy’s vineyard was one of the few not to freeze in 1956 and today, it is comprised of very old vines, the average being close to 35 years. 90% of the vines are Merlot, the rest Cabernet Franc.

Trotanoy was acquired by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, who own many other properties in both Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, including Magdelaine, Belair-Monange, La Fleur-Petrus, Lafleur-Gazin, Lagrange, Latour a Pomerol, and Hosanna.