(a blend of 95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; 3.61 pH; IPT 69;13.7% alcohol): Deep red with an amber rim. Complex but reticent nose offers pure aromas of dark berries, kirsch , smoke, minerals and coffee. Big, rich and broad, with harmonious acidity framing the red cherry, coffee and dried herb flavors. This classic, complete Pomerol wine spreads out to saturate the palate, with chewy tannins reaching the front teeth. I remember this having been a very backward Trotanoy at the outset but one that promised to turn into a wine of explosive richness; it is now beginning to hint at that potential greatness. To my mind, it's one of the best Trotanoys of the '80s and '90s, in the same quality league as 1982, 1989, and 1998. Jean-Claude Berrouet described it as |one of the great classics of Pomerol and a wine with incredible aging potential.|
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: March/April 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
A fabulous success for Trotanoy, this wine has considerable potential, and may ultimately merit a higher score than I have bestowed upon it. The 1995 boasts a saturated deep purple color, followed by a knock-out nose of black truffles, cherries, raspberries, and kirsch fruit intermixed with spicy oak and beef blood-like scents. Full-bodied, dense, and as powerful and backward as its rival, Lafleur, this broad-shouldered, super-extracted Trotanoy is superb, but don't make the mistake of thinking it will provide easy-going drinking over the near-term. While splendid, this wine possesses extremely high tannin, and needs at least 7-8 years of cellaring. Bravo!
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97
Lots of red berry character, with undertones of wet earth and fresh mushrooms. Full-bodied, with a bounty of fruit and loads of velvety tannins. Long, sweet fruit and caressing texture mark the finish.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Obviously lots of alcohol but very reticent flavour. Rich and glossy with a certain Cabernet streak. Rather refined, Still a little austere. Needs time but very convincing.
Decanted for 2 hours. This wine never cooperated. Thin, and a bit of green pepper and marked acidity did not allow the core fruit and depth of aromas expected to surface. It was not corked or tainted, just closed for business. This wine was shared with two accomplished, professional tasters, and it was outshone by a 2002 Bon Pasteur. I have one more to try in a few years. Not reflective of the great terroir and legacy of this Pomerol chateau. My rating is based on experience today, rather than what I expect or hope will happen next time. This should be a 92-96pt wine.
Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Miguel L
Self | Rating:
Pepper, tobacco and rich deep chocolate with a hint of eucalyptus. Lot's of acid, sweet fruit tannins and a nice long hold on the finish. Big and juicy but not over ripe or sweet. Phenomenal.