Trotanoy 2014


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Tasting Notes

The 2014 Trotanoy has quite a gourmand bouquet with dried blood and truffle infusing the red fruit, a little forward for my liking. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, robust and stocky with cranberry and strawberry fruit laced with black pepper and clove, leading to a harmonious but structured finish that will require several years in bottle. Excellent. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

Score: 95

Neal Martin, Maturity: 2024-2055 01 March 2018

The 2014 Trotanoy had (que surprise!) closed down on the nose compared to its JP Moueix stablemates. A few swirls of the glass and it reveals very precise, mineral-soaked black fruit laced with black truffle and subtle sous-bois aromas. It soon gathers momentum and the aromas were gaining more and more intensity after five minutes. The palate is outstanding. There is brilliant structure here, immense and almost staggering purity, incredible focus and tension with an electrifying spiciness on the finish. Best Pomerol of the vintage? The only thing wrong with that last sentence is the question mark at the end.

Score: 97

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2024-2055 31 March 2017

The Château Trotanoy 2014 is blessed with the most inspiring bouquet with the JP Moueix stable, in no small part to its free-draining gravel soils and incline that would have been so advantageous during the wetter moments of the growing season. There are potent black fruit mixed with warm gravel mixed with black truffle, all extremely well defined and focused - a quintessential Trotanoy in many ways. The palate is medium-bodied with fine but firm tannins, layers of black truffle-tinged black and red fruit that steadily build towards that compelling tobacco-tinged finish. In 2014, Trotanoy is a testament to propitious terroir, yet what might distinguish this from other vintages is that it feels more approachable, so its brilliance will hopefully be available to those less inclined to wait 20+ years! It constitutes one of the finest Right Bank wines of 2014, a Trotanoy of authority and breeding.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2018-2040 01 April 2015

The 2014 Château Trotanoy is a beautiful, incredibly sexy 2014 that offers more character, texture, and fruit than most in the vintage. This wine is medium to full-bodied and nicely concentrated, yet elegant as well, with terrific notes of black cherry and darker styled fruits intermixed with loads of underbrush/damp earth, hints of truffle, and plenty of cedar. With beautiful sweetness of fruit, ripe, polished tannin, no hard edges, and again, a sexy, pleasure bent style, you can safely drink this terrific 2014 anytime over the coming two decades or more.

Score: 95

Jeb Dunnuck, Maturity: 2018-2038 15 February 2018

Spellbinding aromas of flowers such as lilacs and honeysuckle with strawberries and blackberries. Full-bodied, super tight and polished with wonderful finesse and length. Seamless, fine tannins give this endless mouthfeel. Drink in 2022.

Score: 97

James Suckling, 13 February 2017

This is extremely long and concentrated with incredible depth of fruit and structure. Long and chewy. Shows excellent potential.

Score: 95 - 96

James Suckling, 27 March 2015

Dense, featuring a loamy edge that runs throughout, while the core of crushed plum, fig and blackberry fruit plays out slowly. Licorice root and warm stone notes pervade the finish. A bit brooding, but give this time, as the lurking fresh bay, tobacco and iron elements should develop with age. Best from 2020 through 2035.

Score: 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2020-2035 11 January 2017

Reserved today, with red currant, raspberry and blackberry fruit that is pure and racy, buttressed by charcoal and bramble notes. The finish picks up steam, with ganache, tobacco and smoldering iron accents and a great sanguine echo. Tasted non-blind.

Score: 95 - 98

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator 01 April 2015

Dark crimson. Lighter nose than some vintages. Very fruity with a rich undertow that almost disguises the tannins. Definitely a lighter wine than usual. Sinewy and sort of aggressively Moueix style! It may take on flesh and may just be a dark horse. The spread on the finish is very impressive. A bit green and sinewy. (16.5++ Points)

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2024-2040 15 April 2015

A massively endowed wine, the 2014 Trotanoy hits the palate with serious depth and intensity. Dark cherry, plum, smoke and new leather are some of the many shades of nuances that flesh out in the glass. The overall feeling is one of breadth, power and resonance, all signatures of this site. Far from an easygoing wine, the 2014 Trotanoy is likely to require at least 10-15 years to start showing and will last well beyond that. Today, though, I find the style a bit monolithic, especially within the context of the other wines in the Mouiex stable.

Score: 92 - 95

Antonio Galloni, 01 April 2015