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2017 Château Trotanoy, 6-bottle Lot, Wood Case

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2017 Château Trotanoy



99James Suckling

A very pure nose that exudes poise and precision... Aromas of violets, blueberries, cedar, fresh truffle, wet earth and plums lead to a palate that offers a very full, plush and intense core of pristinely ripened red-plum fruit and mouthwatering freshness, as well as tannins that imbue the long, balanced finish with great clarity.

97+ The Wine Advocate

...core of plum preserves, blackberry pie and licorice with suggestions of cast-iron pan, underbrush, tilled soil and charcoal. Medium-bodied, the palate is not at all weighty, but it is built like a brick house, with bags of restrained, muscular fruit and a solid line of firm, grainy tannins, finishing with epic length and fantastic tension.

97Wine Spectator

A lush, velvety Pomerol, dripping with raspberry, plum and cassis fruit aromas and flavors, infused with rooibos tea, sandalwood, mineral and bergamot notes. The finish is very long and finely beaded.

95Vinous / IWC

...dark, brooding wine... Smoke, incense, game and a whole range of mineral inflections run through the 2017. Energetic and impeccable in its balance...

95Wine Enthusiast

Showing the depth and power of ripe Merlot, this wine has concentration and great richness.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...powerful notes of creme de cassis, scorched earth, chocolate, graphite, and unsmoked tobacco, this beauty is full-bodied, has a stacked mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish...classic, elegant, focused style...flawlessly balanced...

17Jancis Robinson

Scented with the purest of dark-red fruit...lovely dark finesse... Bone-dry, extremely fine tannin texture.


Château Trotanoy

ChâteauTrotanoy is a 17.8-acre estate in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux. Like all the wines of Pomerol, it is unclassified. The name of the estate seems to come from the 18th century, when the family that owned it call it Trop Ennuie, which means “too much worry or work,” perhaps indicating that the vineyards were difficult to cultivate. The name changed to Trotanoy in the early 20th century when it became part of Jean-Pierre Moueix’s portfolio or wine estates. The Moueix family’s holding now include Lagrange and Petrus, along with Trotanoy and other right bank estates. The family also owns and operates Dominus in Napa. Trotanoy’s vineyards are planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Robert M. Parker Jr. notes that “Trotanoy has historically been one of the great wines of the Pomerol and all of Bordeaux.”


France, Bordeaux, Pomerol

Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux’s red wine producing regions, with only about 2,000 acres of vineyards. Located on the east side of the Dordogne River, it is one of the so-called “right bank” appellations and therefore planted primarily to Merlot. Pomerol is unique in Bordeaux in that it is the only district never to have been rated in a classification system. Some historians think Pomerol’s location on the right bank made it unattractive to Bordeaux-based wine traders, who had plenty of wine from Medoc and Graves to export to England and northern Europe. Since ranking estates was essentially a marketing ploy to help brokers sell wine, ranking an area where they did little business held no interest for them. Pomerol didn’t get much attention from the international wine community until the 1960s, when Jean-Pierre Moueix, an entrepreneurial wine merchant, started buying some of Pomerol’s best estates and exporting the wines. Today the influential Moueix family owns Pomerol’s most famous estate, Château Pétrus, along with numerous other Pomerol estates. Pomerol wines, primarily Merlot blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, are considered softer and less tannic than left bank Bordeaux.