95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc): Deep, saturated red. Highly perfumed nose of black plum, lavender, cedar, chocolate and Oriental spices. Enters sweet, round and broad, then turns a bit tougher, with hints of earth and game complicating bright cassis and mocha flavors. There is an amazing freshness to this wine that helps extend the fruit flavors at the back, and the finish is long and smooth. In this vintage's early days it was tightly wound and austere, but it's now beginning to slowly blossom and become more expressive. This is often the case with Trotanoy, which usually needs a good ten years from the vintage to really come into its own. A very successful 2000.
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: March/April 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Aromas of barley, crushed berry and olives turn to flowers and blackberries. Full-bodied, with smooth and succulent tannins and a long berry, vanilla aftertaste. Fantastic. Lovely Trot here.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
I don't think this wine will ever live up to the extraordinary 1998, but it is not far off the mark. Dense plum/garnet-colored, it is closed aromatically, but aeration brings out hints of figs, black cherries, earth, and cedar. Sweet on the attack, dense, powerful, medium to full-bodied, and tannic, with a broodingly backward finish, patience will be required.