Chateau Trotanoy Pomerol Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Trotanoy Chateau

Learn everything about Chateau Trotanoy Pomerol with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, and information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Trotanoy History, Overview

Chateau Trotanoy takes its name from the French term, trop ennui. Which when it’s loosely translated means, too much to bother with, or too boring. One taste of a great vintage of Trotanoy and you’ll agree, that is far from the truth.

The vineyards of Trotanoy were first planted in 1761. The property was owned in its formative years by the Giraud family, who were very successful landowners in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. It was the Giraud family that built the chateau that remains on the property today. At the start of the 19th century, the wines were sold under the name of Pomerol Giraud Cru de Trotanoy.

Even at that time, the wine of Trotanoy was well respected. In fact, Trotanoy was considered to be one of the top wines of the entire appellation. Only Vieux Chateau Certan was held in higher regard in those early, formative days.

Just before the start of the 20th century, the estate was much larger than it is today. At that time, it was approximately 25 hectares. Chateau Trotanoy was divided into multiple plots at the time. Additional parcels of Chateau Trotanoy were again culled from their vineyards and sold during the early part of the 20th century.

In the mid-1940s, following the end of World War 2, the direct descendants of the Giraud family sold Chateau Trotanoy to the Pecresse family. They did not hold the vineyard for very long. In 1953, the vineyards were acquired by Jean-Pierre Moueix, who bought the property from the Pecresse family.

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The Style and Character of Chateau Trotanoy

Chateau Trotanoy can produce some of the finest wines in the Pomerol appellation. The wine ages well and display complexities, opulent personalities, and silky textures seldom found in almost any Bordeaux wine. The wines offer a unique, sensuous, concentrated profile with beautiful purity of fruit.

Most recently, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015. 2016, 2018 and 2019 proved how magnificent this wine is.

The top vintages of Trotanoy can easily be described as pure decadence in a glass. It is a Pomerol wine so decadent, Caligula would have liked it. Trotanoy is expensive. But in the best vintages, the quality is there to support the price.

It’s a unique expression of Pomerol that is well worth the expense and effort to seek out. Trotanoy is a wine that ages well. Top vintages can easily age and evolve for 40 to 50 years or longer! Trotanoy needs at least a decade before it truly begins to express its character and complexity.

The best vintages of Trotanoy are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1995, 1990, 1982, 1975, 1971, 1970, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1950, 1947 and 1945. Chateau Trotanoy is able to age and develop for decades in the top vintages.

Chateau Trotanoy Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

This 7.6-hectare vineyard of Trotanoy is planted to 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight increase in the amount of Merlot planted in the vineyards since the mid-1990s. The terroir of Trotanoy is rich black clay with gravel and important, deposits of iron in the soil. The best terroir of Chateau Trotanoy is situated on the Pomerol plateau which has an elevated peak of close to 40 meters.

The vineyard of Trotanoy can be divided into 2 separate parts with more gravel on one side, and more clay in the other part of the vineyard. At the peak elevations of the vineyard, which rises up to 36 meters, more gravel is found on the surface. Under the topsoil, you encounter various types of gravel, sand, and deposits of iron. As you travel further down the gentle slopes of the Trotanoy vineyard, you find more clay in the soil.

The micro-climate of Trotanoy is a bit warmer than you find at other estates, in part because of the elevated gravel slopes. For that reason, they often pick Trotanoy just a bit before their neighbors begin their harvest. The gravel soils are picked first, followed by the clay soils.

The age of the vines here average of 35 years, due to young plantings. But they also have older vines. There are parcels of Chateau Trotanoy with very old vines, some of which are more than 60 years of age, as many of their vines were not heavily damaged during the frost of 1956.

The vineyard of Trotanoy is planted to a vine density of 6,200 vines per hectare. Trotanoy is one of the last top estates in Pomerol to practice deep plowing. The reason is that it helps the roots delve deeper into the soils.

The vineyards of Chateau Trotanoy are located on the west side of the Pomerol plateau. The Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Trotanoy is situated not far from Petrus and Chateau Lafleur. Le Pin is just to the southeast and north of that you can find 3 other Ets. Moueix chateaux; Chateau Latour a’ Pomerol, Chateau Hosanna and Chateau La Fleur Petrus. So as you can see, they are quite well situated on the plateau of Pomerol.


To produce the wine of Chateau Trotanoy, two laser sorting tables have been in use since the 2009 vintage. Vinification takes place in traditional, temperature-controlled, concrete vats ranging in size from 15 hectoliters to 146 hectoliters. The wine is aged in 40% to 50% new, French oak barrels for between 18 to 20 months before bottling.

The amount of oak and time in the barrel varies, depending on the quality, character, and style of the vintage. In vintages prior to the mid-1980s, a portion of the stems was often included in the fermentation vats. That is no longer the case today as the berries are completely destemmed.

The average annual production of Chateau Trotanoy is about 2,250 cases per year. There is a second wine, L’Esperance de Trotanoy, which made its debut with the 2009 vintage. About 500 cases of L’Esperance de Trotanoy are produced in an average vintage. However, L’Esperance de Trotanoy is not made every year. L’Esperance de Trotanoy comes from a specific parcel of vines that is not used in the Grand Vin, and declassified lots.

When to Drink Chateau Trotanoy, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Trotanoy is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.

Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Trotanoy offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-50 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau Trotanoy with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau Trotanoy is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau Trotanoy is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes.

Chateau Trotanoy is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

Château Trotanoy Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 99

Inky garnet in color, the wine is pure hedonism at its best. The attention seeking nose, with its violets, spice, truffle, black and blue fruit, licorice and cocoa is off the hook. And it only gets better from there. Incredibly sensuous and silky, the fruit is drenched in velvet, infused with dark chocolate and is effortless to drink. With a seamless finish that exceeds 60 seconds, this is what great wine is all about. A serious contender for wine of the vintage, fans of Pomerol and Trotanoy should buy this as soon as its offered. It is that good. 98-100 Pts

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2019 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 100

This could rival the heart-stopping 2018. The depth of color lets you know this is special. One whiff of its showy display of plums, flowers, truffle, chocolate, black cherries, and incense, and you are sold. But when you get to the velvet-textured, opulent palate, you are blown away by how this caresses your palate. Plush, lush, silky, velvet-drenched layers of fruit hit you in non-stop waves. When this wine matures, it is going to be one of the great vintages of Trotanoy, Fans of the estate, and Pomerol with the disposable income should be all of this gem. Wait a minimum of a decade, twice that if you can, and enjoy for 2-3 decades after that! Drink from 2030-2055. 100 Points

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Beautifully deep, garnet in color, the wine rocks from the moment you check out the perfume with its all-star cast of roses, star anise, spice, smoked black cherry and plum nuances. Full-bodied, rich and so sexy, it is impossible not to be completely taken over by its decadent array of textures. Concentrated, opulent and velvety, the finish delivers an array of perfectly ripe, Pomerolian fruits with a gorgeous sense of purity. This was so good, I could not stop drinking it. 97-99 Pts

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2018 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 100

Breathtaking in every sense of the word, this is what great Pomerol is all about. Dark in color, the complex bouquet starts off with flowers, truffle, chocolate, black cherry, incense, smoke, licorice and spice. But the best part of the wine takes place on your palate with its lavish display of velvet drenched fruits. The level of purity, coupled with its opulent, sensual qualities, length and complexity is almost off the charts! The finish easily crosses the 60 second mark! This is a future legend of Bordeaux. 100 Points

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I'm not sure why bottled decadence is not enough of a descriptor. For those that either want me to work harder or who wish to gain further insight into this wine or both, let's begin with its inky color and the floral bouquet, which is something for the front window of the ritziest florist in town. The dark, red pit fruits offer intensity, purity and opulent textures not found in other wines. The depth in the finish is matched by the length. If you want to know what great Pomerol is all about, this wine is the prime example. Give it at least a decade or more before popping a cork. 98-100 Pts

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2017 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 97

A star of the vintage, this is a stunner. If you are a Pomerol lover and you are not intimately familiar with Trotanoy, put it on your priority list. They have been on a hot streak for over two decades! And this one is pure decadence. Velveteen rabbit te 97 Points

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2016 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 98

Truffles, truffles and more truffles, if you're a fan of that special scent, this is your wine! More than those earthy notes, you also find a wealth of ripe, black and red plums, cherries, flowers and spice. And that's just the appetizer. It is on the palate, with its silky, velvet drench, opulent texture where the wine really shines. Full-bodied, ling and deep, this is bottled decadence. Give it at least a decade in the cellar before popping a cork. 98 Points

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Deep ruby in hue with distinctive floral, spice, incense, boysenberry, plum and cherry blossom aromas, the wine is pure silk with cushy tannins. There is a delicacy (which you should not confuse with being light) that leaves you wanting another sip to discover even more. Not decadent, but still quite sexy 98 Points

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2016 Château Esperance de Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 88

Sweet black cherries, herbs, plum and bitter chocolate on the nose and palate with a fresh blast of spicy red berries and green herbs in the finish. The herbal notes come from the large portion of Cabernet Franc in the blend. Give this a year of two and enjoy over the decade while waiting for the Grand Vin to develop. 88 Points

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2015 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 100

There are many things I love about wine tasting. One of the great pleasures is tasting wine in barrel and scoring it higher in bottle, which is a true sign of quality. That is what took place here clearly. This wine is off the charts! The level of intensity has to be tasted to be believed. The fruit tastes as if each berry was polished with a velvet cloth. This is incredibly hedonistic. With a surreal texture, the wine unfolds and coats your palate with waves of perfectly ripe fruits. cashmere tannins make you with the 60 second finish was even longer! This is an indulgence of pleasure at its best. 100 Points

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Incredibly sensuous with cashmere tannins and a hedonistic personality, this feels like polished velvet on your palate. The fruits are perfectly ripe, sweet, fresh and pure, moving from dark plums to black cherries and back again. The wine is light on its feet, but in a good way, as there is a wealth of fruit in every sniff, sip and opulently-textured taste. This is an indulgence of pleasure at its best. The wine was made from a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc. The harvest took place from September 11 to October 1. 96-98 Pts

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2014 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

Silky, smooth, soft, sensuous and velvety, with layers of sweet, fresh plum, cocoa, dark chocolate with violets in the perfume. The wine is rich, sexy and promises even more complexity with time. 94-96 Pts

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2013 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 93

Dark ruby in color, the wine combines notes of spicy chocolate, truffle and sweet, ripe plum with silky tannins and supple textures. Yes, this is a lighter, early-drinking Trotanoy, but it offers a good quality in its character. It could fill out during élevage and become an even better wine. 92-94 Pts

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2012 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 94

A bit on the savory side of the style range with a core of bright, crisp, fresh red fruits, heart, spice and tobacco leaf with touches of cocoa. The finish is a bit firm, with freshness galore in the red berry, endnotes. This is classic in nature, so some tasters will like this even more. 94 Points

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Truffle, espresso, dark chocolate and ripe plums garner your attention initially. But it’s the juicy, sweet, ripe, black fruits that feel like they were polished with velvet cloths, before they were turned into wine that makes you take a step back. The sensuous, polished finish is fresh, pure, long and silky. 96 Points

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Flowers, fresh herbs, truffles and an assortment of red berries characterize this deep, silky, polished and long wine that finishes with a long, sweet, silk-filled red berry and chocolate finish. 94-96 Pts

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2011 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 94

Rich in hue, flower, truffle, chocolate and a myriad of plum scents introduce the wine. Concentrated with layers of sensuous, fresh, pure, spicy plum and cherry flavors, there is a beautiful, refined, opulent and velvety textural quality to this elegant, sexy Pomerol. 93-95 Pts

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2010 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 98

This is one sexy beast. With the texture of velvet, the aromas of a flower shop that also sells fruit, chocolate and truffles, the wine is incredibly rich and sensuous. Yes, it is still young, but it is so stunning, it was impossible not to finish the bottle. 98 Points

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Flowers, chocolate, licorice, plums and ripe, fresh, juicy, earthy black cherry notes are easy to find in the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is rich, deep, concentrated, silky and long. The powerful, intense, expansive finish grows, displaying a wide array of fruits and spice. The wine is structured with the ability to age for decades. I prefer the 2009 for its hedonistic, sensuous qualities, but this is a sublime vintage for Trotanoy, just different in style. I hope to compare both over the years. 97 Points

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Deep ruby in color, flowers, truffle, Asian spice and earthy scented. Opulent, rich, supple, and luxurious, the refined black and red fruit wine is very strong. But it seems restrained, like a race horse being held back from entering into a full gallop. This is not at the level of the other worldly 2008 or 2009. Those vintages remain the modern day reference points for Trotanoy. 95-97 Pts

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2009 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 99

This is heart-stopping wine. Hedonistic, opulent, sensuous, silky and flamboyant, the decadent, sexy character steals the show. And all the countless waves of dark chocolate, truffles, black cherry, mint, flowers, lilacs, violets and plums on the nose carry through in the 60-second finish. This is a candidate for perfection. 99 Points

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This is a future legendary Pomerol. Texturally, this sensuous, velvet drenched beauty is riveting. The layers of rich, pure, sweet, fresh, silky fruit seem endless as they build and expand on your palate. Still young, and with a long future ahead, this is already a stunning wine tasting experience. Hedonistic and impossible to put down, the finish must be tasted and felt to be believed. Give it another 5-7 years in the cellar and it could hit triple digits! 98 Points

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Majestic in every sense of the word, this wine rocks! With the texture of polished velvet, the waves of perfectly ripe red and black plum, cherry and boysenberry never quit. Hedonistic and impossible to put down, the finish must be tasted and felt to be believed. This is a wine for the future. Give it 5-8 more years and it could hit triple digits as it clearly has all the right stuff. 99 Points

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If you are seeeking one of wines most decadent experiences, this is where you go. I could spend all day describing the erotic, silky textures. Picture bottled sex and you get the idea. Just popped and poured, this was almost off the charts. Yes, it's still incredibly young and its best years are all in the future, but it's fun to check in and enjoy these wines in their youth allowing you to look back at what it was, and what it is. The wine is pricey. But if you can afford it, this is real deal for pleasure seekers. In the years to come, this could hit triple digits. 99 Points

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The pungent bouquet took almost no effort before grabbing your attention with its floral, earthy, truffle, black cherry liqueur, licorice and blue fruit aromas. Full bodied, concentrated and intense, the wine is pure hedonism in a glass. With its array of plum and cherry flavors, along with velvet textures, the majestic finish remained on your palate and expanded for close to 50 seconds. The mark of every great wine is the desire to taste it again, and again. I grabbed a second glass and put every drop where it belonged. If you have the money and want this style of wine, this is worth having in your cellar. 98 Points

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2009 Trotanoy sports a dark ruby color. Spice, jammy dark berries, black raspberries, truffles, plum liqueur, Valhrona chocolate, fresh flowers, and licorice in the nose. This wine is packed and stacked with endless layers of silky, velvet fruit. The textures offer incredible sensations of opulence, richness, and cashmere. The wine coats your palate with endless layers of intense, decadent fruit, chocolate, and spice. The seamless finish lasts more than sixty seconds. The wine should be forced to carry a warning label: “Open when in need of extreme hedonistic pleasure.” This remarkable Trotanoy offers a more complete tasting experience than either the sublime 1998 or the off the charts 2008. As good as those vintages are, they don’t make the strong statement the 2009 does. 98-100 Pts

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2009 Château Esperance de Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 87

Early drinking, plummy, earthy, cherry filled Pomerol made in an upfront, forward, sightly, rustic, style. 87 Points

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2008 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 97

Full bodied and packed to the gilled with layers of juicy, sweet, chocolate coated, black cherries and plums. Stubbornly hanging on to its youth, the wine is concentrated, long, round and tannic. There is freshness, purity and a wealth of fruits in the finish that move from black cherry, to sweet, deep plum effortlessly. This is going to age quite nicely. 97 Points

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08 Château Trotanoy is deep ruby. The nose is taken over by an impressive barrage of flowers, spice, dark chocolate, plums, and ripe blackberries and raspberries. Rich, concentrated, and full bodied, the wine makes you feel as though you just poured liquid silk all over your palate. The sensuous finish goes on and on with amazing depth of flavor. A great marriage of power and decadence aptly describes this wine. 97-99 Pts

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2007 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 92

Medium-bodied, plummy, round and floral with intriguing notes of mint, herbs, thyme, truffle and wild cherries. The nose is more complex than the palate, which offers earthy plums and herbs with a breath of cocoa in the short finish. This is quite good for the vintage, but it is only a moderately good vintage for Trotanoy. 92 Points

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2006 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

Tannic, concentrated, full bodied, rich and quite young, it takes effort and coaxing to bring out the dark chocolate covered fruit, floral and earthy characteristics. Once past its initial tannic opening, the fruit shows it fresh, pure, clean side. But this vintage demands time in the bottle, at least another 6-8 years. 95 Points

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Structured, tannic and built to age, this plummy, floral, truffle, boysenberry and earthy scented, concentrated, deep wine needs another 5-10 years before it comes into its own. 94 Points

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2005 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 98

A lot has changed here since I last tasted this wine. Today, this is so sexy! It is elegant, floral, sensuous and long. Concentrated, rich and packed with ripe, dark red fruits, chocolate, and truffles, this is pure silk and cashmere on your palate. It is truly starting to drink great. If you have been waiting, give it an hour in the glass and enjoy this thrill-a-sip wine. 98 Points

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Sexy, sensuous and silky, the explosion of truffle dark chocolate, plum liqueur and floral scents is just the opening act. The grand finale is the ocean of velvet textured fruits on your palate that waves of pleasure. 96 Points

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Chocoalte, red and black plums, spice box and floral notes lead to a tight, tannic, fresh, Pomerol that is not a lot of fun to drink today. Silky tannins and a refined personality, along with a good concentration of ripe, sweet fruit leads me to believe, this vintage of Trotanoy demands 6-10 years before it really opens up and comes together. 94 Points

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With 90 minutes of air, explosive aromas filled with licorice, chocolate, black plums, flowers, espresso and cherries almost overpower your senses. Deeply colored, concentrated and rich, this lusty, opulent, tannic, Pomerol is packed with layers of sweet, ripe plums and chocolate. Still young and tight, this wine demands another 5-8 years before it starts delivering all its decadent charms. When this Bordeaux wine fully blossoms, this could earn a higher score. There is a lot to like in this wine. 96 Points

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2004 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 91

Medium bodied, with more easy drinking charm than weight or density. Freshness combined with elegance, plums earth and truffle. Another year or two might add a bit more depth, but this is a good, rather than great vintage here. 91 Points

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Not as silky, lush and polished as I would like, still, the cocoa, floral, truffle and plum nose is a treat. The wine finishes with fresh cherries, plum and dark chocolate. There is no hurry to drink this and with luck, it could improve. 91 Points

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2003 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 89

Light, roasted, earthy, and infused with truffles, the wine is fully-developed, finishing with red fruits that are almost on the tart side that you sense in the short finish. If you have a bottle, drink up sooner than later. 89 Points

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2001 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 91

Chocolate dusted flowers, truffle, stone and sweet cherries create the perfume. While the wine is soft and silky, it lacks the concentration found in the better vintages of Trotanoy or other Pomerol producers in 2001. The elegant wine ends with sweet, ripe, pure cherries with cocoa. The wine improved in the glass a bit, but there is not much to be gained by further aging. 91 Points

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Aromatics of fresh, plums, earth, smoke and cocoa. Slightly light in concentration, the texture lacks the normally, sensuous quality found in Trotanoy. This is a good, but uninspiring Pomerol wine. 90 Points

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2001 Trotanoy starts off with chocolate fudge, truffle, earth, blackberry, cassis and floral aromas. Full bodied, but lacking the lushness usually associated with Pomerol, the wine ends with chocolate, black cherry and a greenness from under ripe fruit. Not a bad wine, but missing the excitement and opulence I want in Trotanoy. This is overpriced for the quality. 90 Points

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Plums, chocolate covered cherries, fudge, truffle and tobacco on the nose. Full bodied, with a juicy mouthful of blackberry and cherry in the finish. The tannins do not feel fully ripe and there is a hint of green in the moderate finish. It was a steal for $50. At the current price of over $100, I'd pass. 90 Points

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2000 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 96

Violets, truffle, spicy plum and dark chocolate get the party going. The luscious, full bodied palate, with its silky tannins and spicy, ripe, dark red fruits is however, the star of the show. One hour of decanting opened this up quite nicely. At 18, this is starting to show its stuff. It should be close to peak with 3-5 more years of aging, where it will deliver the goods for at least another 20 more years. 96 Points

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Opulent, sensuous and plush, this rich, concentrated wine shows a depth of sweet fruit, truffle, licorice and floral notes, finishing with plum and chocolate covered cherries. This should be even better with a few more years in the bottle. But if you are sitting on a case, it's well worth popping a cork to see what it's all about. 95 Points

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Black licorice, black cherry, Asian spice, flowers, earth and truffle scents are packed into the beguiling perfume. Opulent and sultry in texture, the wine is rich and concentrated with layers of deep, ripe, dark berries, spice, cocoa and overripe cherries. A few more years will add additional levels of complexity and texture to this beautiful Pomerol. 95 Points

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1999 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 88

Light, bright, focused on red fruit over black, earth and tobacco in the nose. Medium bodied with some tones of under-ripeness in spicy, red berry finish. This is probably fully mature. I'd drink it sooner than later. 88 Points

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1998 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 97

The last few years has added much-needed softness and definition here. Powerful, intense and concentrated, the wine kicks off with violets, chocolate, cherry, licorice and dark red fruits in the nose. Big, rich and almost dense, the finish packs in waves of opulent, chocolate-tinged, red fruits. Give it an hour in the decanter. 97 Points

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Backward, this stubbornly youthful, potentially stunning wine is holding out. It takes at least 2-3 hours of air here before its purity of fruit, vibrant, floral, truffle and chocolate covered plums starts to shine. Powerful, concentrated and intense, it is going to take at least 5 more years in the cellar before this starts to pop. 96 Points

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One of the most youthful wines of the vintage, the wine remains an adolescent. Intense, concentrated, powerful and tannic, there is the structure to age for decades. Clearly this is loaded with layers of dense, ripe, black plums and all the truffles required for a sublime experience. But even at 20, this is not fully ready to go. 98 Points

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Powerful, concentrated, and tannic, the wine seems like it wants at least 5 more years to soften. Still youthful, it is impossible not to see all that is going on here. Intensity and concentration, perfectly ripe, black cherries and plums, a truffle filled nose, volume and length let you know you are in for an incredible, decadent, Pomerol experience, if you can show just a bit of patience. 98 Points

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This is one sexy beast that is only starting to show its real essence. Purity of fruit, layers of concentration, silky, opulent, velvet drenched textures and a finish that leaves you begging for another pour, after your glass was emptied, far too quickly! 97 Points

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Still young, but with so much going on, it's impossible to put the glass down, and who would want to? Packed with silky, ripe, opulent layers of sweet, fat, juicy plums, black cherry, chocolate and truffles all wrapped in silk. If you're looking for sexy, you came to the right place. 97 Points

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Violets, chocolate, boysenberry, black cherry, truffle and tobacco scents create an intoxicating perfume. On the palate, the real fireworks take off, with its polished, sensuous, pure silk and velvet textures. The long, fresh, sweet, ripe, black raspberry, fudge and boysenberry finish makes it difficult to put the glass down without enjoying another sniff and sip. The wine is effortless to taste. 20 minutes of decanting was all it took for everything to fall into place. 1998 Trotanoy is what hedonism in Pomerol is all about. 97 Points

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Dark chocolate, violets, black cherry, plums, 5 spice and fresh shaved truffle aromatics is the first thing you notice. Sensuous textures, melted silk and velvet on the palate, this decadent Pomerol is all about hedonism. The long, pure, ripe, dark fruit and chocolate finish remains in your senses for over 45 seconds. Still young, because of its ripe, opulent textures, this stunning Bordeaux wine offers immense pleasure today. 97 Points

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1998 Chateau Trotanoy played the Latour to '98 Vieux Chateau Certan's Lafite. With a nose that needed coaxing and swirling, aromas of chocolate fudge, truffle black cherry, mint, jammy blackberries and caramel coated candied apples could be detected. This Bordeaux wine earns its money with its satin and velvet textures. Rich, thick and voluptuous, this sexy, decadent wine is pure sensuality. Still young, and wanting another 5 years of age, as this wine will improve, this plushy styled Pomerol is a hedonist delight! 97 Points

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One of the true “Rock Star” Bordeaux wines of the vintage! The color remains deep and dark. The nose is explosive with ripe plums, blackberry, chocolate and spice. Stunning levels of concentration. Multiple layers of polished, black and red fruit fill your mouth, taking over your tactile senses! The mouth feel is pure, rich, fat, silky and velvety. There is not a hard edge to be found in this decadent wine. This sublime wine feels like each individual berry was polished on a velvet cloth, one berry at a time! Still young, this absolutely, stunning vintage for Trotanoy will get better over the next 3 or 4 decades! 98 Points

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1995 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

Over the years, at age 20, this has morphed into a delicious Pomerol, with round, sensuous textures, plummy, chocolate covered fruit and a silky finish. The wine is drinking great today, and it should remain at this level, or even improve for at least another 10,15 or 20 years. 95 Points

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Developing nicely, with its plum, cocoa, truffle and tobacco character. Slightly masculine, in fact it's a bit on the firm side for Pomerol, iit's worth popping cork today. However there is no hurry to drink this wine. 93 Points

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Licorice, black raspberries, truffles, chocolate covered plums, earth and spicy black cherries race from the glass. Tannic and broad shouldered for Trotanoy, the wine offers depth and refinement. But lacks the plush, sensuality of the best wines from Pomerol. 93 Points

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1990 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

This has developed quite nicely over the years. Fully-mature, soft, silky, fresh and plummy, the finish, with its truffle, cherry, plum, herb, cocoa, and spice nuances hits the spot. 95 Points

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Still young, this keep getting better and better. The truffle, dark chocolate covered black raspberries and black cherry notes in the perfume and made even better with hints of floral notes. Full bodied, silky and concentrated, this is still young, fresh and vibrant and will even get better with age. 94 Points

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It's all about the bottle, once a wine hits 10-15 years of age. At close to 25, provenance is even more important. I've tasted better, younger, fresher examples, this bottle was much better on the nose, with its truffle, chocolate, black cherry profile. It fell short on the palate, as it lacked the richness and depth this wine normally showed. This note is for this bottle, other bottles with good storage have been dramatically better. 90 Points

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Sporting a mature color, making it look much older than it should, a complex bouquet stuffed with chocolate, truffle, black cherry, plums, earth, earth, forest floor and spice aromas lead to a sensuous, lush, polished, sexy array of plum, chocolate and truffle. What a pleasure. This is probably drinking at peak. I'm sorry I finished most of the case before it started to deliver the goods. However, due to its advanced color, I would not hesitate to pop a cork as this is probably not going to make it to old age. 93 Points

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Chocolate, flowers, plums, spice, truffle and blackberry aromas open to a lush, polished wine with satin textures and a long, soft, cocoa and black cherry finish. This is close to mature. While it could improve over the next decade or even longer, it's drinking at the perfect place today. 93 Points

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1989 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 91

This is a very pretty wine. It's more complicated on its floral, they, truffle, tobacco, and plum nose, than on the medium bodied, elegantly styled palate. The wine just lacks the weight and density found in the best vintages. 91 Points

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1985 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 84

One of the few disappointing, older vintages of Trotanoy I've ever tasted. Medium bodied, in fact, almost light, the wine is past its drink through date, focusing on the earthy, tobacco, mushroom and wet, forest characteristics, than on the remaining vestiges of red plums. Drink up if have any. 84 Points

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1982 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 98

Drinking at its full peak of maturity, this is an incredible tasting experience. Texturally, it is all silky and velvet, with its layers of dark chocolate-covered plums, dark cherries, truffle, smoke, wet earth and spice, that is only made better by the 50-second finish, this is bottled hedonism at its best. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle or two in your cellar, this is perfect today. Do not decant, except to remove any sediment. Just pop, pour and enjoy the ride... 98 Points

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Bottled decadence is all you need to know what this is like. For those wishing for more details, here you go. Silky, sexy, rich, flamboyant, supple and sensuous, this stunner is at or close to its peak. The fruit is pure, ripe, velvety and lush. This truly hits all the high notes if you are seeking hedonism in a glass. 98 Points

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Definitely, at peak maturity, this is all about the truffles on the nose. At least initially. From there, a background note of citrus appears, along with, plums, cherries and chocolate mint. Lush, soft, polished, velvet-textured, concentrated, ripe, sweet, earthy fruits with hints of chocolate cascade over your palate. This is just a beauty in every sense of the word. If you own this gem, enjoy it now and over the next decade or so. 96 Points

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Lovely, perfectly mature Pomerol. Velvet drenched textures, with sweet, ripe, dark chocolate infused plums that feel as good as they taste. Concentrated, long and frankly, decadent! If you are not buying Petrus, and who is? This is the way to go... 96 Points

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I wish I owned cases of this decadent, thrilling, hedonistic wine. Its pure fruits, concentration, velvety, rich, opulent textures and complex, truffle laden perfume is a treat that keeps on giving. 97 Points

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1982 Trotanoy exploded with a nose of truffle, tobacco, plum, chocolate, wet earth, sweet cherries and floral notes. The wine at 30 years of age is pure silk and velvet on the palate, ending with a sensuous melange of pure, ripe, sweet, opulent layers of black and red fruits. This decadent Right Bank wine is drinking perfectly today. 96 Points

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It's always a shame when older bottles do not perform as they should. But that's the risk you run with older wines more than 20 years of age. Sadly, this bottle seemed far too advanced for its age, with more lightness to the color, dusty plums, cocoa and raspberry notes in the aromatics and finish that ended far too quickly. I've had much better bottles. Good storage and provenance counts. 90 Points

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Truffle, chocolate, black raspberry, earth, spice, coffee, herbs and black cherry scents play well the rich textures and sensuous personality of this wine. This supple Pomerol ends with a long chocolate and black cherry finish. Fully mature, this is drinking beautifully today. It might get better, but there is no reason to hold this any longer. 95 Points

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Wow, what a beautiful wine! A ruby red color with more lightening at the rim than the other 82’s. Cherries, raspberries, ripe plums with a hint of mocha and mushrooms on the nose. The texture was akin to liquid silk with velvet. The finish was so sensuous it was difficult to put the glass down. This wine is hedonistic. It is fully mature and while it might improve a bit, I’d drink it over the next 10-15 years. This wine personifies elegance. 96 Points

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1978 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 85

Light, tart and on the herbal side of the style range, the wine has not completely faded, however, there is more herb, olive and leaf than fruit. If you own a bottle, you should drink this sooner than later. 85 Points

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1977 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 70

To say this was better than expected is not saying much as I wasn't expecting much. Here, you find earth and tobacco, but little fruit and the fruit that's there has faded. 70 Points

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1975 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 97

This was clearly the best bottle of 1975 Trotanoy I've ever tasted. Its opulent, lush, plummy, truffle laden qualities were impossible to resist. Sip after sip provided a true Pomerol tasting experience. 97 Points

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This is one sexy beast! Plush, rich and lush with a stunning array of scents featuring notes of plums, raspberries, cherries, spices and flint. Velvety, rich. long and deep dark fruit filled finish. 95 Points

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Truffle, sweet black cherry, licorice, plum, exotic spice and dark chocolate aromas jump from the bottle as soon as the cork was popped. Supple, opulent, rich, concentrated waves of velvety textured, ripe, spicy black cherries. mocha and truffle coat your palate. This complete wine is drinking perfectly today. 96 Points

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1975 Trotanoy was the star of the day! Truffle, chocolate, black cherry, licorice, earth and dried flower aromatics were easy to find. Rich, full bodied, round in texture and mouth filling, this elegant wine is still going strong. This is one of the top wines from this correctly maligned year. 95 Pts

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1971 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

Supple, sensuous, richly textured, concentrated and hedonistic, this is hitting all the sweet spots. That is, if you like your plums and cherries paired with truffle, dark chocolate and cigar box. It works for me, that's for sure. At peak, I do not see a real hurry to drink it, but there is no advantage to waiting any longer either. 95 Points

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Some wines offer intense perfume. Others are more about the palate feel. Only the best wines combine both. Complex aromatics of plum, truffle, tobacco, bitter chocolate, five spice, earth and forest floor scents pop as soon as the bottle is opened. In the mouth, elegant, lush, round, opulent layers of velvet drenched fruit are felt on your palate. The long plum, dark cherry, spice and coca sensations combined with the silky textures satisfy cravings for decadence. Not as refined or rich as 71 Petrus, this is not far off the mark. Fully mature, well stored bottles will continue offering a great tasting experience for several more years. 94 Points

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1970 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 97

Majestic in nature and character, what initially grabs you is the truffles, smoke, dark cocoa, ripe, plums and cherries on the nose and palate. But it is the incredible concentration and silky tannins with its long, intense, sensuous finish that brings everything here together. At over 50 years of age, it is all about the provenance. If you can find a well-stored bottle, grab it! 97 Points

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Rich, plummy, silky, lush, showy and fresh, the wine is loaded with truffle, cherry pipe tobacco, cocoa, black and red plums, cherries and wet earth. At full maturity, if you are sitting on any of this gem, you are a lucky wine lover as well-stored examples of this wine are stunning! 96 Points

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Bottled truffles are what this gem reminded me of. Flamboyant, sensuous, opulent and showy, the wine is rich, deep, concentrated and still delivers plenty of chocolate-covered cherries and plums on the nose and palate. Fully developed, this is not a wine I would hold. So, if you own this stunner in your cellar, find someone to share it with and enjoy the ride. 97 Points

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At full maturity, and not quite as flamboyant as the previous bottle tasted last year, still, this is stellar juice! The nose of roses, oyster shell, cigar wrapper, truffle, fudge and dark plums kept you busy. Full-bodied, lush, round and fresh the vibrancy in the cherry and juicy plums hit all the right spots. As the wine approaches 50 years of age, there is no reason to cellar this for more improvement. No decanting was needed. 96 Points

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Fully mature, the wine shows beautiful, floral, truffle, black cherry, wet earth, plum and black cherry notes. Full-bodied, silky, fresh and loaded with ripe, sweet, dark red, pit fruits with a dash of cocoa are what you find in the finish. 97 Points

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Mind blowing in every sense of the word, this is a stunner. Rich, supple, decadently textured, silky and well... you get the picture. The fruit is ripe, voluptuous, and complex, with a beautiful truffle essence to top it all off. Fully mature, this is going to be around for a few more decades if well stored. 97 Points

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Truffles, truffles and more truffles are in full force before moving to the black cherry, cocoa, forest floor and tobacco part of the experience. Fully mature, but without a rush to pop a cork, provided the bottle has been well stored, the opulent, silky texture and spicy, dark cocoa and sweet plums in the finish really cap it everything off perfectly. 97 Points

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Looking and tasting at least 20 younger than its true age, this rich, deep, concentrated, velvet drenched wine serves up endlss layers of chocolate covered plums, cherries and flowers, with an intriguing smoky quality. Sexy, silky and vibrant, this did not fade at all in the glass over the 2 hours I managed to hold it for. Mature Pomerol at its best. 97 Points

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This is a stellar example of a mature Pomerol. The complicated set of aromatics deliver an array of floral, milk chocolate, boysenberry, black cherry, spice and fresh herbal scents. Rich, round, ripe and fleshy, the velvet textures and and round, silky fruits make each sip, sniff and swallow a pleasure. Popped and poured, the wine improved for more than an hour in the glass. It's probably at peak maturity, but there is no real hurry to finish it. 97 Points

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Drinking at absolute peak perfection, truffle, earth, cocoa, floral and black cherry aromas capture your attention. In the mouth, the wine is pure silk, velvet and sensuality, with a long, clean, array of fresh cherries and spice. 97 Points

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Truffle, milk chocolate, black cherry liqueur, licorice, 5 spice, earth, tobacco, forest floor and black raspberry scents lead to a decadent Pomerol wine filled with deep, layers of concentrated, ripe, pure berries. Sensuous, opulent, round, plush waves of fruit flow effortlessly across your palate. The wine ends with a long, rich, coating of spicy black cherries, licorice and plums. This is fully mature, but at 41, there is no hurry to drink it. Well stored bottles could easily deliver pleasure for another 10-20 years. Everything is in balance from start to finish in this stunning Bordeaux wine. 98 Points

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Truffles, tobacco, earth and forest floor scents just popped from the bottle, let alone the glass. The palate was thrilled with layers of sexy, plumy fruit. The finish carried everything through. 95 Points

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Wow, this wine kicked in with an explosive nose of spicy plums, smoke, flowers, earth and coffee. Still young , full bodied and concentrated with a long, rich. Opulent, powerful, plum filled finish. This wine will continue positively for at least another 5-10 years . 96 Points

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Fully mature, the bouquet of truffles, plums, red and black fruit accented with spices is explosive. The syrupy texture is sexy. The finish goes on and on. I love this wine! It takes decadence to new levels. 96 Points

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What a sublime wine. Intoxicating, chocolate, plum fragrances that were made better by a rich, thick, dense palate of sexy, velvet drenched fruit. It's opulent, fragrant and continued improving in the glass during the entire evening. Great juice! The only two negatives are one, recognizing how much patience I need for my 98's to come around and two, that I do not have enough of this sublime nectar in my cellar. 97 Points

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1966 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 75

Barely holding on to life, it took effort to find much pleasure here as the fruit has faded and the finish is on the tart side. This is not a defective wine, it is simply past its prime from a weak vintage for Pomerol. 75 Points

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1964 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 94

Much better than the bottle tasted earlier this year, this was gorgeous. The perfume, with its notes of roses, truffles, dark cocoa, truffle and cherries was on fire. On the palate, the wine offered a rich, round, lush wave of earthy cherries, plums, tobacco and very dark chocolate. Just great. I am happy to have one more bottle remaining in my cellar. 94 Points

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This was my first time with this vintage, so I am not certain if this bottle was representative, Fading, with some ripe, sweet and tart fruits, there was a stern character to the tannins and textures. The nose was majestic, but this classicly styled wine seems to have had better days. I have another bottle in my cellar, so perhaps it will be better. 89 Points

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1961 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 99

Finally, a bottle of this legend that matched up to its lofty reputation. The concentration, intensity and pure silk feeling of this bottles was off the charts. Incredibly seductive, the wine drenched your palate with a blend of ripe, plums and truffles. Absolutely mind blowing wine! 99 Points

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My second time with this legendary wine, and while both bottles have been good, they have never been great. This bottle was served double blind against 70, 82 & 98 Trotanoy, and all those other bottles bested this. The wine was quite good, but it did not deliver the magic in the glass I was expecting. Clearly, the wine has the depth, concentration of raw materials, and aromatic complexities of a very good, Bordeaux, but it lacks the nuances and attention seeking complexities, coupled with the length and decadence that a great 1961 Pomerol should deliver. Perhaps, at close to 60 years of age, this is simply, tired? 93 Points

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1961 Trotanoy is one of those wines I never thought I would taste. It's incredibly rare. The few people I know who've tasted it, speak about it in hushed tones with reverence and knowing smiles. If a bottle comes up for sale, I'm sure it will end up at Bill Gates house. When a friend of mine brought it to dinner, I was thrilled at meeting this legendary Bordeaux wine. This bottle was only traded once, from the original owner to my friend, back in 1982. This was as good as it was going to get. Would it deliver? We popped the cork to find out. An exotic perfume filled with cloves, roses, chocolate, Asian spice, fudge, truffle, blackberry liqueur, earth and tobacco caught my attention and kept it. We were off to a good start. After spending ample time with the perfume, it was time for the big show. How would this wine taste and feel as it slid past my lips, spilling over my palate? Lacking the concentration found in the best wines, this elegant, sweet, round, plummy wine was filled with charm. But the wine did not deliver what we had hoped for. What is not ravaged by the hands of time? Make no mistake, this was a good wine. But this bottle did not express the otherworldly qualities we had hope for. Once again, there is no such thing as a great older wine, only great older bottles. 93 Points

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1959 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 93

Good, but not compelling. With 10 minutes in the glass, the wine filled out a but, softened and picked up more silkiness, but more concentration and depth was needed here. Still, tasting a legendary bottle from Trotanoy was more than a treat for this Pomerol lover. 93 Points

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1955 Château Trotanoy  (Pomerol) 95

This show stopper of a wine was a treat. Ruby tea in color, the wine was loaded with smoke, cherry pipe tobacco, red plums, truffles and tobacco leaf. Long, earthy, silky and plummy, this is at full maturity. 95 Points

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