Robert Parker''s Wine Advocate 30/06/2009
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.
A bottle from my cellar was close to full maturity, exhibiting plenty of amber to its dense ruby/garnet color in addition to abundant sweet black cherry fruit, smoky, mineral, earth, and dried herb aromas. Fleshy, spicy, and full-bodied, with the vintage's tell-tale succulence, high glycerin, and low acidity giving the wine a fat, plush personality, this 1982 should drink well for another decade, although it is clearly within its plateau of maturity. (95)
This is the best bottle of Trotanoy 1982 that I have encountered. The nose just soars to the Heavens with black truffle, smoke, briary, warm gravel on a summer's day and spicebox. The palate is beautifully balanced with real drive and ambition. Whereas a few years ago this was stubbornly backward, now it is unfurling and mellowing and reaching its peak. There is a dense care of black earthy fruit, touches of white pepper and a glorious ferrous finish that exerts enormous grip. It is a wine of dimension and class. Tasted December 2013.
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