2005 Trotanoy Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • NM 96
  • WS 95
  • IWC 94

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
98+ This blockbuster 2005 is dense ruby/purple, with sweet black cherries, cassis, earth and white chocolate in both aromas and flavors. A strong, mineral-dominated, powerful wine (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc), it is... 98+ This blockbuster 2005 is dense ruby/purple, with sweet black cherries, cassis, earth and white chocolate in both aromas and flavors. A strong, mineral-dominated, powerful wine (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc), it is extremely backward, super-concentrated, and tasting more like blood of Merlot than any other Pomerol. Dense purple, super-rich, and stunning, this wine has at least a 20- to 30-year upside to it. An absolutely spectacular effort from this great terroir, it can be drunk now, but patience will be rewarded. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
NM 96
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, February 2015
The Château Trotanoy 2005 has a tough job following the La Conseillante ’05 – this is far more broody and taciturn (as usual) with blackberry, black truffle, a touch of boot polish and lavender. But those aromas are being... The Château Trotanoy 2005 has a tough job following the La Conseillante ’05 – this is far more broody and taciturn (as usual) with blackberry, black truffle, a touch of boot polish and lavender. But those aromas are being kept on a very tight leash. The palate is medium-bodied and deceptively complex with beautifully judged acidity, hints of cured meat infusing the red berry fruit, fanning out gently with hints of Provençal herbs and dried blood. This is an understated Trotanoy, perhaps one that might be shouted over by the more “vociferous” Right Bank wine – but it is one of the most nuanced Pomerol ‘05s.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Shows complex subtle aromas of fruit and black olive with hints of milk chocolate and ripe fruit. Develops wonderfully in the glass. Full-bodied with silky tannins and beautiful sweet berry and light vanilla fruit... Shows complex subtle aromas of fruit and black olive with hints of milk chocolate and ripe fruit. Develops wonderfully in the glass. Full-bodied with silky tannins and beautiful sweet berry and light vanilla fruit character. Refined and balanced. This is very very impressive. Best after 2013
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2008
Good bright dark red. Sexy red berries iron mocha and caramel on the nose; an essence of Pomerol merlot. Suave on entry then sweet but gripping in the middle with integrated acidity giving terrific definition and thrust... Good bright dark red. Sexy red berries iron mocha and caramel on the nose; an essence of Pomerol merlot. Suave on entry then sweet but gripping in the middle with integrated acidity giving terrific definition and thrust to the multifaceted flavors of red berries minerals iron and spices. A wonderfully vibrant wine that saturates the entire palate without conveying any impression of weight. With its finishing medicinal austerity this outstanding wine appears already to be shutting down in bottle. Should prove to be the most exciting vintage for this chateau since the great 1998.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pomerol
Vintage 2005

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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.