|President||Christian and Edouard Moueix|
|Annual Production (Grand Vin)||2,000 cases|
|Second Wine||L’Esperance de Trotanoy|
|Interesting Fact||The chateau’s name is derived from the French for ‘too annoying’, and was probably given by the Giraud family, reflecting how difficult they found the thick gravel and clay soils to till.|
Having done an invaluable service for the recognition of Right Bank estates, Jean-Pierre Moueix’s prodigious legacy is today continued by his son, Christian (Decanter’s 2008 Man of the Year- the first ever from the Right Bank) and his grandson Edouard. The father-son team earned an brilliant average RPJ score of 94 over last 5 physical vintages and have broken the mould in terms of quality following the introduction of their second wine in 2009.
The fact that the estate sits in the same JP Moueix stable and possesses a very similar terroir and style to Petrus, has invited favourable comparisons and helped improve the wine’s stature on the international market. Of late, Left Bank First-Growths that saw their prices super-inflate following frenzied mass-buying from Far East investors have been falling steadily back to earth. Now estates on the Right Bank are beginning to fill that vacuum and we are experiencing a phase of maturing and diversifying buying behaviour from these very markets.
In 2011, Aussino Cellars, one of the largest and most powerful wine retailers in China announced its attention to shift the focus of promotion onto Right Bank properties, particularly those within Pomerol. Shortly afterwards Trotanoy made it onto Robert Parker Jr’s ‘Magical 20’ which was presented in Hong Kong: a carefully crafted list of estates that ‘produce wines of "first growth quality" although technically not first growths...and because of that are under-valued and very smart acquisitions’. This has greatly increased the brand’s visibility- 2012 has seen the estate smash estimates at auctions. With this in mind, the high-scoring Trotanoy, favourably priced in comparison to Petrus, is an investment opportunity that demands consideration.
There are some legendary vintages of Trotanoy which are highly prized in the collections of connoisseurs such as the stellar 1982 and 1998. The former, now reaching maturity, is trading at 57% up on its release price whilst the latter, still with at least two decades to go, is up 48%. The 2009 vintage - which at 98+ points has outscored both the aforementioned classic vintages - shows wonderful long-term potential.
Robert Parker called it the greatest Trotanoy of the span of his professional career and invited wine lovers to ‘Think of it as a more concentrated, “bigger” version of the extraordinary 1998’. A highly refined wine in a vintage boosted by the introduction of the second wine, L’Esperance de Trotanoy, Robert Parker described it as:
“An absolutely prodigious wine, the dense purple 2009 Trotanoy exudes extraordinary notes of minerals, forest floor, sweet black currants and black cherry jam along with floral notes and graphite. Very full-bodied, with silky tannins, fabulous opulence and palate presence, this terrific wine should be at its best in 7-10 years and last for 20 or more.”
One of the oldest wine-making properties in Pomerol, Trotanoy was listed as second only to Petrus in all of Pomerol in the 1868 first edition of the influential wine manual Cocks & Feret. Despite this great reputation, Trotanoy was nonetheless often overlooked in the late 19th and well into the 20th century, as were many Right-Bank properties.
The Giraud family held the property for more than two centuries before selling to the Percesse family in the mid-20th century. They weren’t in the driving seat for long however; financial difficulties struck the family and by 1953 Jean-Pierre Moueix had bought it for what was to be the second purchase in the empire he was building- JP Moueix.
The firm still holds Trotanoy today and Jean-Pierre’s son and grandson co-manage the estate as they do a great number of properties in the JP Moueix stable. Today Trotanoy is considered one of the great-growths of Pomerol.
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An absolutely prodigious wine, the dense purple 2009 Trotanoy exudes extraordinary notes of minerals, forest floor, sweet black currants and black cherry jam along with floral notes and graphite. Very full-bodied, with silky tannins, fabulous opulence and palate presence, this terrific wine should be at its best in 7-10 years and last for 20 or more. Think of it as a more concentrated, “bigger” version of the extraordinary 1998. For the first time at Trotanoy, 500 cases of a second wine were produced from 100% Merlot from a parcel that is often excluded from the final blend.
Think of this wine as the 1998 on steroids! Showing better out of bottle than it did from barrel, this wine has put on considerable weight. It is full-bodied, masculine (as most vintages of Trotanoy tend to be), with loads of earthy, foresty notes intermixed with black and red fruits, a meaty, almost charcuterie note to it, an inky/purple color, some sweetness on the attack, but then the tannins kick in, making the wine seem at least a decade away from accessibility to most consumers. The texture is layered, the purity impressive, and the overall symmetry, balance and integration of all of the wine's building blocks are flawless. Forget it for 10 years and drink it over the following 35 years. Bravo!
The blockbuster 2012 Trotanoy has more in common with the 2009 or 2010 than most 2012s do. It stands as an example of just how successful Pomerol was in 2012. A dense black/purple color is followed by a bouquet of minerals/crushed rocks, powerful, intense black currant, licorice, roasted meat, barbecue and truffle notes. Full-bodied and super-concentrated, it is an amazing tour de force in this irregular as well as challenging vintage. Trotanoy's 2012 should be on every connoisseur's buying list. It will require 5-8 years of cellaring when released, and should keep for 25-30 years, one of the longest-lived wines of the vintage.
The finest Trotanoy since the 1961, this structured, formidably-endowed, deep ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, super-rich wine exhibits notes of toffee, truffles, and abundant blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit. It cuts a large swath across the palate, and possesses copious but sweet tannin as well as a chewy, muscular mid-palate and finish. This is a compelling effort from one of the great vineyards of Pomerol. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. Last tasted, 11/02.
One of the superstars of the vintage, the 2008 Trotanoy is a wine that transcends the vintage. Typically, this is not one of the more lush, sexy wines of Pomerol, but rather a muscular, masculine effort, and that’s the case in 2008. A deep purple color is followed by copious amounts of red and black fruit, earth, cedar and forest floor notes. The wine reveals a full-bodied texture, phenomenal concentration for a 2008, plenty of sweet tannin and a terrific finish. While it was surprisingly approachable, it will benefit from several years of cellaring and last 20-25 years. Bravo!
Complex aromas of sweet black cherries, loamy soil, roasted herbs, coffee, chocolate, and oak dominate the backward, muscular, virile 2005 Trotanoy. Deep ruby/purple to the rim, this broodingly backward, deep Pomerol exhibits admirable intensity, impressive purity, and a long, concentrated finish. Its character is similar to that of the 1998, but with more structure and tannin. I suspect my score will prove to be conservative after a decade of bottle age. Along with Petrus and Lafleur, Trotanoy is the most backward of all the Pomerols. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
The fully mature 1982 is the finest Trotanoy produced after the 1961 and 1970, and before the 1998 and 2008. There is considerable garnet at the edge, but plenty of sweet kirsch, herb, truffle, and earthy notes emerge from the wine's complex, explosive aromatics, as well as beautiful glycerin and sweetness. It has been at its peak of maturity for at least five years, and should be drunk over the next 4-5 years. Release price: ($325.00/case)
This beautiful wine turned out slightly better than I had predicted seven years ago. Abundant sweet aromas of black cherries, damp earth, forest floor, and cocoa are both ripe and enticing. The wine is full-bodied, dense, and just beginning to shed its tannins. Generous and opulent, it is beginning to enter its plateau of full maturity, where it should remain for another 15-20 years.
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.
Showing better than it did from barrel, the 2006 Trotanoy does have one consistent characteristic that seems to be pervasive no matter what the vintage's style and personality is