A spectacular Pomerol that is dense ruby/purple with notes of beef blood, crème de cassis, black cherry liqueur, licorice, iron, and perhaps a touch of truffle. Full-bodied, opulent and clearly a blockbuster of 2012, this profound wine offers serious competition for Petrus and several other limited-production, high-quality Pomerols. This is a stunner from the Moueix firm and should age well for 20-25 years. The final blend was 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, with only 2,000 cases produced. 96 points – Robert Parker (Wine Advocate #218, April 2015)
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Trotanoy is clearly blossoming in bottle. Over almost 20 years of tasting out of barrel, I cannot recall a Trotanoy that has so surpassed its showing at en primeur. It has a well-defined bouquet that initially seems straightforward. Don't be fooled...it opens in the glass and reveals subtle red berry fruit, truffle and ferrous aromas. There is stunning definition and poise here. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin. There is a core of wonderful Cabernet Franc here, the acidity extremely well judged with a precise, sustained finish. This is a sophisticated Pomerol with élan and no more, no less than a fabulous Trotanoy. Tasted January 2016.
– eRobertParker.com, Oct 2016
Intense, freshly fruity nose, sweet and complex; elegant middleweight balance, fresh in acidity, quite firm but fine in tannin; moderately dense, fresh, ripe, spicy, long and complex across the palate, and sweetly fragrant to finish. A firm, middleweight Trotanoy, not the density or proportions of a really fine vintage, but the characteristic sinew is there … In a lighter vein. Will still need a good ten years. 2022-30+ [M.Schuster, Bordeaux Mar/Apr 2013]
This combines serious fruit and grip with a torrent of blackberry, raspberry and boysenberry pâte de fruit notes, liberally laced with smoldering charcoal and tobacco accents. The long, loamy edge drives the finish, along with hints of bay and warm stones, while the fruit pours through. A very serious effort for the vintage. Best from 2018 through 2032. 1,341 cases made. – James Molesworth (WineSpectator.com, March 2015)
Balanced and structured with lots of polished tannins. Full and refined with a lovely core and length. Goes on for a long time. – jamessuckling.com, April 2013
Tasted blind. Wonderfully polished dark crimson. Sweet succulent start and lots of gorgeousness. Sinewy, juicy, full of life. Transparent rather than concentrated. Lovely balance. Drink: 2018-2032 – jancisrobinson.com, Jan 2016
A magnificent wine and one of the clear stars of the vintage, the 2012 Trotanoy is wonderfully complete. Today, the 2012 is showing just the barest hint of its potential, but it is impressive, even at this embryonic stage. Ample and broad on the palate, the 2012 possesses remarkable depth to match its explosive energy and vertical structure. Dark stone fruits, spices, new leather and dried flowers unfurl gradually in the glass. The 2012 is a wine to buy and treasure for the next few decades. It will be some time before the tannins start to soften, so readers will have to be patient. This is a truly spectacular wine in every way.
The texture is more ripped and solidly built than the other wines in the vertical from this vintage, with gorgeous juice and powerful dark fruits. Plenty of Pomerol signature, offering great pleasure for drinking now and over the next decade. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040
Blind tasted by Jane Anson (at Pomerol, 16 Nov 2020)
Part of Anson: Comparing six Pomerol châteaux in every vintage from 2012 to 2017
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