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Chateau Trotanoy

 

Chateau Trotanoy

Appellation Pomerol Controlée

Location: Chateau Trotanoy is located in Libourne, Pomerol - one kilometer west of Petrus.

Vineyards: 27 acres producing 3,500 cases. Average age of the vines is 35 years.

Classification: Famous growth of Pomerol .

Grape varieties: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.

Vinification and aging: Fermented in lined cement vats. Aged in oak barrels, of which one-third to one-half are new each year, for 20-24 months. Clarified with five egg whites per barrel. No filtration.

History: Once known as "Trop Ennuie" owned by the Girauds, they changed the name to "Trotanoy". they felt "Trop Ennuie" did not have the necessary panache to compete commercially with wines from the Medoc and Graves. Since 1953, Chateau Trotanoy has been owned by the firm of Jean-Pierre Moueix. The wines are vinified and handled in exactly the same way as Petrus, except that only one-third to one-half of the barrels used each year at Trotanoy are new.

Style: Opulently, rich intense full bodied. Usually needs a full decade of cellaring.

Evaluation: One of the great wines of Pomerol and Bordeaux. The quality equivalent of a first growth.

Food: Excellent with all red meats and game.

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