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Chateau Trimoulet History, Overview
Chateau Trimoulet is an obscure Bordeaux wine property in the Saint Emilion appellation that has been in the Jean family since 1802. That was the year when the estate was created by Guillaume Jean. At the close of the century, the property was managed by a direct descendant with a rather distinctive name that was easy to remember, Jean Jean.
At the time, the Jean family also founded Couvent des Jacobins. Jean Jean erected the tower and finished the chateau that remains in use today. His direct descendant, Michel Jean is the current manager of Chateau Trimoulet.
Starting with the 2011 vintage, Nicolas Thienpont began consulting the estate of Chateau Trimoulet on their wine-making and vineyard management practices.
One of the first decisions made by the team of Nicolas Thienpont was to decrease the yield, increase the selection and produce from only the best 7 hectares or vineyard parcels. The remaining 8 hectares that are mostly in the sandy soils, close to the trees are placed in the estates second wine.
Chateau Trimoulet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 17-hectare vineyard of Chateau Trimoulet is planted to 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard has a terroir of sand, clay and limestone, with some iron deposits in the soils.
The Right Bank vineyard has vines that are on average, close to 30 years of age. The vineyard is planted to an average vine density of 7,250 vines per hectare.
The wine of Chateau Trimoulet is vinified in traditional, concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in concrete vats. The wine is aged in 75%, new, French oak barrels for close to 12 months. Depending on the character and quality of the vintage, the time in the barrel and the percentage of new oak can vary.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Trimoulet are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, and 2009.
The production of Chateau Trimoulet averages close to 8,000 cases per year. The estate also produces a second wine, Emilius de Trimoulet.
When to Drink Chateau Trimoulet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Trimoulet is better with at least 2-4 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.
Chateau Trimoulet is best enjoyed in the first 3-12 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.
Serving Chateau Trimoulet with Wine and Food Pairings
Chateau Trimoulet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.
Chateau Trimoulet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Trimoulet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.
Château Trimoulet Wine Tasting Notes
8 Vintages 24,861 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Soft, fresh and polished, the wine is medium-bodied, forward and packed with ripe, dark plums, cherries, espresso and spice on the palate and in the finish. Give it 2-4 years in the cellar and it is going to be even better once the oak integrates into the wine. 90-92 Pts
2,164 Views Tasted Jun 3, 2021
|2019||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied, round, plush and polished, the oak is still a bit out in front of all the fruit, licorice and smoke. Give it some time to better integrate. That being said, this is another vineyard that has made a big jump in quality, which is due in part to bringing in the team of Michel Rolland to consult. 89-91 Pts
2,165 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium-bodied, fresh, fruity, soft, round and vibrant, the wine is already a pleasure to drink with its earthy, plummy, structured character. 90 Points
1,011 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Medium-bodied, soft, round and forward, elegant red fruits with an earthy, tobacco leaf and dark cherry edge -- quite nice this year. Another wine that has taken a big jump up in quality, which is due in part to bringing in Jean-Luc Thunevin as a consultant. 89-91 Pts
1,538 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2014||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Using 75% Merlot with 25% Cabernet Franc to produce a sweet, jammy strawberry nose, this medium-bodied wine with a soft, smooth character will offer most of its charms in its youth. 86-88 Pts
2,322 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
|2013||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
From 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine shows a lot of fresh, bright and spicy red berries. 84-86 Pts
2,584 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2014
|2012||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Forward, soft, medium bodied and ready for prime time drinking in its youth, the soft finish leaves you with licorice, espresso and cherries. 87 Points
2,103 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2015
From a typical Right Bank blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this is the second vintage for Nicolas Thienpont at Trimoulet. Medium-bodied, simple, dry, green and over oaked. 85-87 Pts
2,201 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2013
|2011||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
The debut vintage for the team of Nicolas Thienpont at this estate produced a medium bodied, forward, licorice, black cherry and espresso scented wine that is already approachable. Drink this young. 88 Points
2,932 Views Tasted May 21, 2014
Starting with the 2011 vintage, Nicolas Thienpont began consulting this semi-obscure St. Emilion property. Earth, black cherry and smoky aromas lead to a soft, round-textured St. Emilion with minerality and red berry fruits. 88-90 Pts
2,869 Views Tasted Apr 23, 2012
|2009||Château Trimoulet (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Medium bodied, light, fresh, forward, early drinking style of Right Bank wine. Light tannins, soft textures and a delicate, raspberry, cherry and thyme finish that is ready for current drinking. This is not a wine to age. 87 Points
2,972 Views Tasted Nov 6, 2016