1975 was one of the greatest vintages in Pomerol and indeed it was great for Chateau Trotanoy. Fully mature and ready to drink up after a long and hard aging process, but one worth persevering through!
Trotanoy's vineyards was originally planted in 1761 and in its juvenile years was owned by the Giraud family of landowners who would turn Chateau Tronanoy into a respected wine. Following the Second World War, descendants of the Giraud family would sell the estate, indirectly putting it into the hands of Jean-Pierre Moueix, of later Chateau Petrus fame.
Chateau Trotanoy represents a 7.6 hectare vineyard planted to 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc with the average age of the vines being 25 years old. After vinification, the wine is aged in 50% new, French oak for 20 months.
The exquisite 1975 Trotanoy gets my nod as one of the three finest wines produced at this estate in the last 25 years (the others being 1970 and 1982). This wine has been drinking splendidly for several years, exhibiting fabulous mocha/toffee/jammy black-cherry aromas in a complex, sweet, fragrant bouquet. Full-bodied, splendidly concentrated, velvety-textured, with a firm finish, this is a weighty, rich, complex, great vintage for Trotanoy. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. Like so many top Pomerols in the 1975 vintage, there is a sweetness and jamminess to this wine's fruit that is not found in most 1975 Medocs. This is a glorious Trotanoy!
(95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc): Fully saturated ruby-red. Pungent minerality lifts the aromas and flavors of blueberry and black cherry, with hints of ink, tar, cedar, coffee and violet providing further complexity. Enters the mouth wonderfully dense, structured and almost austere, with the tangy minerality providing cut and shape to the massive mouthfilling mid-palate. A very big and rich yet vibrant wine with a rising finish featuring noble tannins, excellent energy and lingering notes of black fruits, herbs and coffee. Still an infant and developing at a snail's pace. Interestingly, Jean-Claude Berrouet feels that this great wine is a technological masterpiece: at the time, Moueix and Berrouet decided on an exceptionally short cuvaison for the very small, thick-skinned berries of 1975 (only 11 days!), and the limited extraction enabled the wine to avoid picking up harsh, angular tannins.
This was clearly the best bottle of 1975 Trotanoy I've ever tasted. Its opulent, lush, plummy, truffle laden qualities were impossible to resist. Sip after sip provided a true Pomerol tasting experience.
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