Chateau Trotanoy 1995

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Chateau Trotanoy
Excellent fill, stained label

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Chateau Trotanoy 1995

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One rare bottle of Trotanoy 1995 stored in excellent conditions

Tasting note:

"Certainly the best Trotanoy between 1998 and 1982, the 1995 has a deep saturated ruby color that is dark to the rim. Relatively shut down when tasted in 2002 on several occasions, the wine, with coaxing, does offer some notes of earth, raspberry, black cherries, and a hint of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, powerful, and backward, it is an impressively constituted Trotanoy that is relatively large-scaled but the huge level of tannin also means it might be a modern-day version of the 1970. Time will tell. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Last tasted, 2/02. 93 points Robert Parker 2003

"It was love at first sniff! Reminded me of a 1990 Angelus I had that was equally as beautiful.The nose on this baby was classic Pomerol. Stinky, but in a refined and age worthy and classic way. The mouth feel was spectacular - smooth as silk with the right balance of acidity and fruit. Some brick coloring, but not a lot. 
If Grace Kelly were reincarnated in a bottle of wine, this would be her - hands down the most beautiful woman in the room, but she still acted with humility, class and elegance. A beautiful wine that's drinking extremely well right now. Well worth tracking down a bottle or two." 96 points CellarTracker 2014

Château Trotanoy

Any history of the vineyards of pomerol must include some mention of Trotanoy. In an appellation where history can sometimes seem to be in short supply, Trotanoy is one of the more venerable estates, dating back to the time when viticulture was being established in the region. At the time it was in the ownership of the Giraud family, royal courtiers from nearby Libourne, and it was most probably they who were the first to plant vines on the estate, beginning the shift away from arable polyculture towards what we know is the case for Pomerol today, a situation in which the vine dominates the landscape absolutely.

Trotanoy: A History

At this time the Giraud land was referred to as Trop-Ennuie, as evidenced by documents from the late 18th century; literally translating as "too annoying" it is commonly said that it refers to the Trotanoy soils which, being a mix of thick clay and gravel, are tiresome to work, either by hand or by plough. Nevertheless the work must have paid some dividends because during the 19th century the estate was comfortably positioned with the best of the appellation, i. It was also one of the largest, with 25 hectares to its name, and naturally there was a sizeable production to match, although this was destined to change. From 1898 the estate became more parcellated, due in part to the Napoleonic rules of inheritance and also to inheritance taxes, which saw some of the vineyards sold off. With world war and economic decline this trend would only continue, and after just 30 years the estate, now incorporated as theSociété Civile du Château Trotanoy, was reduced to less than half its previous size, just 11 hectares. The Giraud era was drawing to a close.

The first change of hands, after more than two centuries, came shortly after World War II when the Girauds sold to the Pecresse family. Small-time viticulteurs who owned a number of other minor properties, the new proprietors did not hold onto their acquisition for long; in 1953 it was sold once again, this time coming to the Moueix family of Libourne. It was Jean-Pierre Moueix that struck the deal, and today the property is administered, managed and marketed by the next two generations of this right bank dynasty, Christian and Edouard Moueix,as well as Christian's cousin Jean-Jacques Moueix, who resides at the property.

The Vines and Wines

he Trotanoy vineyard comprises just 7.5 hectares positioned partly on the Pomerol plateau, partly on the slope to the west. The lower parts on the west-facing slope are rich in a dark clay which characterises much of the Pomerol appellation, whereas those parts higher up contain much more gravel. The subsoil contains gravel and sand, and deeper still is the crasse de fer, the rock-hard layer of iron-rich soil which lies beneath many of these Libournais vineyards. At the centre sits the château, where Jean-Jacques resides, a rather modest but attractive house dating from the late 19th century. The vines that surround it are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, and as the majority survived the devastating frost of 1956 they have a venerable age, approximately 40 years on average.

Like Petrus, the vineyard of which is a little larger than that of Trotanoy, the harvest here may be finished in less than two days, even if the pickers are restricted to working in the afternoon after the warmth of the day has lifted the morning dew. The hand-picked fruit is delivered to the cellars, where it is vinified in small concrete vats for up to ten days, followed by a week of maceration on the skins. Up until 2007 it was oenologist Jean-Claude Berrouet that oversaw operations in the cellars, as he also did at Petrus, but with his retirement he has been replaced by Eric Murisasco here and at the other Moueix properties except for Petrus, where Jean-Claude's son Oliver has taken over. The vinification here is handled in much the same way as Petrus; it sounds wrong to describe it in this way, but we should remember that although Petrus and Trotanoy are separate estates, under different administrations, they are in truth under the control - as far as viticulture and vinification are concerned - of one man, Christian Moueix. Perhaps one of the most notable differences between the two estates is that whereas Petrus sees 100% new oak each year, the barrels at Trotanoy are typically only one-third to one-half new each vintage, and the wines is kept within typically for 18 months prior to bottling.

Producent Chateau Trotanoy
Jaar 1995
Appellation Pomerol
Climat -
Flesgrootte 0,75 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Excellent fill, stained label
Waardering 93 Parker