Chateau Trotte Vieille St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Chateau Trotte Vieille History, Overview

Chateau Trotte Vieille is one of the oldest properties in St. Emilion. In fact, documents are clearly able to date the estate all the way back to 1453! While some estates were around at that time, most were not producing wine. That is not the case here. The ancient manuscripts make mention of the vineyards and that wine was already being produced by Trotte Vieille in 1453.

Trotte Vieille is an interesting name. As it did not come from a previous owner, or the commune where the vines are planted, what is the origin? While we cannot be sure, the legend that is repeated today states; there was an elderly lady back in the 14th century who was quite the busybody. She delighted in knowing everything about everyone in her village. She would walk over to where the stagecoaches stopped after departing from Bordeaux and she’d rush to the coaches to learn of some news. This act caused the residents of Saint Emilion to name her, “old trot”, or in modern times, Trotte Vieille.

Jumping into the modern era for Chateau Trotte Vieille, in 1949, Marcel Borie, one of the principals of the well-known, Bordeaux negociant , Borie-Manoux, gave the Saint Emilion vineyard to his son in law, Emile Casteja.

Chateau Trotte Vieille Vineyards, Terrorir, Grapes , Winemaking

Chateau Trotte Vieille maintains some of the oldest vines for producing Bordeaux wine in the right bank . In fact, several of these old vines are pre-phylloxera. That means some of their vines are over 150 years old!

The former 10 hectare vineyard of Chateau Trotte Vieille gained an additional 3.5 hectares of vines when following the results of the 2012 St. Emilion Classification. Their other St. Emilion estate, Chateau Bergat was merged into Chateau Trotte Vieille giving them a total of 13.5 hectares of vines in St. Emilion.

The 13.5 hectare vineyard of Chateau Trotte Vieille has a terroir of clay and limestone soils. Located just east of the village, the vineyards are not far from Troplong Mondot or Pavie Macquin . The vineyard of Chateau Trotte Vieille is planted to 55% Merlot , 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon . The vineyard is in one single block, which is not common. The vine density is 7,500 vines per hectare. The vineyard has old vines that are on average, close to 50 years old. However, the estate has some very old vines. One parcel has vines that are more than 100 years old! Some of the vines are even pre-phylloxera, making them among the oldest vines in the Right Bank! Most of their oldest vines are planted to Cabernet Franc.

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In fact, starting with the 2004 vintage, Chateau Trotte Vieille began producing a small amount of wine made from their oldest vines. This unique 100% old vine, Cabernet Franc wine, “Les Vieilles Vignes du Château Trotte Vieille” is not commercially available as it’s produced in such small amounts. 135 hand etched bottles are produced each vintage, making this the rarest wine made in Bordeaux today. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels.

Chateau Trotte Vieille previously employed two consultants, Gilles Pauquet and Denis Dubourdieu . However, that recently changed. The estate now uses the advice of Thomas Duclos. To produce the wine of Chateau Trotte Vieille, vinification takes place in traditional, concrete vats. The wines are aged in an average of 98% new, French oak barrels for between 12 and 18 months. The chateau produces about 2,500 cases of Bordeaux wine per year. There is a second wine , La Vieille Dame de Trotte Vieille, which made its debut with the 2000 vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau Trotte Vieille with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Trotte Vieille is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Trotte Vieille is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes and hearty fish courses like tuna, pasta, risotto and cheese.

For a myriad of reasons, Chateau Trotte Vieille has a history for under-performing to the lofty level of classification as a Premier Grand Cru Classe wine. With its sublime terroir, the quality of wine should be much better. Trotte Vieille produces a light, fresh, bright style of St. Emilion Bordeaux wine.

Château Trotte Vieille Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Licorice, sweet cherries, flowers and bitter chocolate open the nose. On the palate, this wine is plush, polished and fruity with freshness and character. The wine was produced from a blend of 49% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest took place from September 28 to October 9. The is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. If this puts on a bit more weight during the aging process, it could easily merit a higher score.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2013 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Medium-bodied with an oak, red cherry and black raspberry nose, this lighter style of St. Emilion, produced from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon should offer pleasure on release. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 2012 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Blending 49% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine opens with earth, spice and black raspberries. Medium bodied and fresh, in a classic style, the wine ends with soft cherry fruits and a bright finish. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
  4. 2011 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. With a high percentage of Cabernet Franc at 48%, 50% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is light ruby in color with a lighter style of St Emilion featuring finesse and a kirsch-filled finish. 88-90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
  5. 2010 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Dominated by Cabernet Franc at 58%, the rest of the is Merlot. This medium bodied, plum and black raspberry filled wine offers a spicy, floral personality that is probably more interesting on the nose than on the finesse styled palate. The wine reached 14% alcohol and was the product over very low yields which added to the wines concentration and texture.

      90 points - Tasted
    2. Trotteville, Using a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in the blend at 58%, with the remainder being Merlot, the perfume opens with floral, chocolate mint, fennel, stone and red with black fruit aromas. Medium bodied, the wine ends with an elegant, soft, licorice and red plum finish, 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
  6. 2009 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. The floral nose is packed with earth, spice, smoke, licorice and blackberry. Rich, deep, concentrated and fresh, there is a nice sense of purity to the fruit. The wine was produced from a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot.

      91 points - Tasted
  7. 2008 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Blending 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a medium bodied, sharp, fresh wine which focuses on red berries and herbs ending with bright, sweet and tart fruits in the finish.

      88 points - Tasted
  8. 2007 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Mature in the nose and the color, the wine is light and drinking at peak. The spicy red berries are already starting to fade.

      86 points - Tasted
  9. 2006 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Light ruby in color, dominated by Cabernet Franc, the wine has tobacco, earth, herbs and red berries that make up its personality. Medium bodied and already showing well, the finish is marred by a dry sensation in the ending.

      88 points - Tasted
  10. 2005 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Medium bodied, with soft textures and a complex perfume set off by notes of licorice, earth, black cherries, plum and truffle notes, there is a nice sensation of mineral and herbs before you get to the soft, plum and cherry filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
    2. Filled with scents of licorice, plums, coffee, cocoa, spice and black raspberries, this soft textured, lush, sweet, St. Emilion ends with a long, fresh, supple, blackberry and spicy, red plum finish. A few more years will add a lot to this wine.

      92 points - Tasted
  11. 2004 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Showing maturity in the color, the wine offers earth, spice, forest and black cherry scents. Medium bodied and ready to drink, this easy to like, round wine should be enjoyed sooner than later to preserve its fruit.

      89 points - Tasted
  12. 2003 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Light, soft and lacking a depth of fruit, this red fruit and jam dominated wine requires drinking.

      85 points - Tasted
  13. 2000 Château Trotte Vieille

    1. Fully mature, simple, easy to like black cherry, earth stone filled wine that should be drunk up sooner than later.

      88 points - Tasted
  14. 2008 Les Vieilles Vignes du Château TrotteVieille

    1. Medium bodied, with a spicy, floral, red berry personality, this scarce wine is soft, polished and filled with sweet cherries, earth and stone.

      89 points - Tasted
  15. 2007 Les Vieilles Vignes du Château TrotteVieille

    1. Spicy, floral, leaf, herb, and raspberry notes open to a soft, fresh, tart, wine finishing with a bright, fresh, wild strawberry sensations.

      87 points - Tasted
  16. 2006 Les Vieilles Vignes du Château TrotteVieille

    1. Flowers, earth, smoky tobacco and fresh berry notes open to a mineral driven wine with a lot of stone in the bright, fresh, red berry finish.

      89 points - Tasted
  17. 2005 Les Vieilles Vignes du Château TrotteVieille

    1. Herbs, fresh raspberries, stone, forest and mineral notes create the nose. Medium/full bodied with spicy, red berries and earth in the mouth, this is a fascinating wine to taste as it was produced using 100% Cabernet Franc from pre phylloxera vines .

      90 points - Tasted
  18. 2004 Les Vieilles Vignes du Château TrotteVieille

    1. The debut vintage of this unique old vine project from Chateau Trotte Vieille pops with fresh herbs flowers, licorice and plum. Medium bodied, soft, sweet and mineral driven, this was a lot of fun to taste as it was produced from 100% old vine Cabernet Franc.

      88 points - Tasted