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2029 - 2070
Reviewed by - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Opaque purple-black in color, the 2020 Trotanoy needs considerable coaxing and swirling before it erupts from the glass with powerful notes of prunes, chocolate-covered cherries, mulberries and hoisin, plus nuances of candied violets, star anise and clove oil, with a touch of smoked meats. The big, concentrated, full-bodied palate explodes with decadent black fruit preserves and exotic spices, supported by wonderfully velvety tannins and bags of freshness, finishing with epic length and, finally, lots of earth and mineral layers. A truly impressive titan of a Pomerol, this is going to need a good 6-8 years in bottle, then should go on wowing for 40 years or more.
The 2020 Trotanoy might be described as a beast of a wine. Unlike the previous vintage, which was refined and graceful, this Trotanoy could not give a flying four-letter word what you think. It says “take me as I am” and makes no compromises. For a 2020 it is atypically austere aromatically and I did not scribble a word for the first 60 minutes after opening my bottle. With a hell of a lot of patience, it eventually unveils incredible precision, fabulous mineralité and subtle touches of lavender and incense. The palate is medium-bodied with firm grip. It has the structure of the Forth Road Bridge, harking back to the more unyielding Trotanoy vintages of the past. But there is astonishing symmetry and an almost ineffable, cerebral finish. In a world of instant satisfaction, this wine will be overlooked by many, but in 30–40 years’ time, this Trotanoy will be a legend.
Dense, closed, markedly mineral; full, fresh, concentrated, tannic wine, a fine, full, firm, long-term constitution; very black-cherry ripe palate, broad, ample, mouthcoating, dense, and generous, yet remaining remarkably elegant given all that; freshly defined, long and complex, firm but very fine in tannin, a deliciously deep, sweet, sonorous fruit, then great aromatic length to finish. An exceptional combination of power and refinement, a remarkably complete, yet elegant, fresh, and restrained expression of the terroir. Which will need at least a couple of decades! 2038–60+.
A very concentrated Trot with density and depth, the tannins spreading across the palate. Full and very intense. It goes on for minutes. Great depth. Another soulful wine from the Moueix family.
100% Merlot. Cask sample.
Another monumental offering that is deep and profound. Complex, dark-fruit notes. Powerful tannic frame as always but freshness and balance as well. Sufficient juice. Dry, firm, muscular finish. For the long haul. (JL)
Trotanoy is simply magnificent in 2020. In most vintages, Trotanoy is quite imposing and hard to read in its youth. The 2020 captures all the energy that is such a signature here and adds immeasurable finesse. The result is one of the most memorable wines of the year. Blackberry jam, chocolate, spice, new leather, licorice and dried herbs build to a remarkable crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures. Trotanoy has all the potential to be one of the wines of the vintage when it is bottled. Memorable.
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
A big bruiser of a Pomerol, the 2020 Château Trotanoy isn't for those looking for instant gratification and is going to require patience, yet it has perfection written all over it. Massive smoked black cherries, gravelly earth, tobacco, and spice-driven notes all emerge from this full-bodied, powerful Pomerol that has an incredible sense of minerality, building, mouthcoating tannins, notable freshness, and a great finish. Starting out closed, tight, and backward, it opens up with air and has incredible purity, one monster of a mid-palate, serious tannins, and a great finish. Hold on to your hats, this is a legendary Pomerol, and my money is on it being the wine of the vintage!
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Part of Best Bordeaux 2020 wines: top-scorers
Deep plum colour. Pared back and precise on the nose, showing damson, gunsmoke and rose petal. This is all about the crouching fruits and fine but utterly confident tannic structure - it makes you smile involuntarily. There is just so much happening underneath the layers of blackberry fruit - the rose petal from the nose becomes more evident, as does the depth and texture to the tannins. A brilliant Trotanoy, showcasing so much of its personality, and why this is a long-living Pomerol that has menace and bite, but also beauty. There is unquestioned austerity on the tannins at the end of play, but they are drumming their fingers, ready to spring forward. Harvest September 15 to 18, a yield around 42hl/ha. Potential 100 when in bottle.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2048