Ripe and focused, with sleek tobacco and mineral edges alongside the core of cassis and bitter cherry fruit. There's a nice tug of earth throughout too, and this has serious length, with ample reserves.
The 2017 doesn't take my breath away as the 2016 did - with the 2015 a very, very close companion - but this has incredible persistency, and those cassis and bilberry fruits are drip-fed carefully and confidently. Subtle and very effective charred coffee beans play in through the mid-palate and onto the finish. This is a hugely serious wine, not giving much away at the moment, but you just know it's going to reward patience and cellaring. There was no frost to contend with here.
This is very solid for the vintage with a core of fruit and ripe tannins. Full-bodied, structured and intense. Shows focus and beauty already.
A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Trotanoy opens with expressive red and black fruit notes including redcurrant jelly, kirsch, Black Forest cake and cassis plus hints of roses, dried Provence herbs, tobacco and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied with generous, expressive fruits supported by plush tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long. This is quite an opulent, decadent Trotanoy!
The 2017 Trotanoy is one of the standouts within J-P Moueix's range this year but hey, what’s new? The bouquet is just quintessential Trotanoy, exquisitely defined with wonderful mineralité, very poised with subtle scents of pencil lead and flint interwoven into the black and red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, a killer line of acidity and an arching structure that does not put a hair out of place. This is a magnificent Trotanoy and although yes, La Fleur Pétrus shows a little more flair and flamboyance at this primordial stage, I feel that Trotanoy is the one that will attract the plaudits with bottle age. Perhaps the dark horse of the appellation? Edouard Moueix opined it was a bit "obvious". Well, obviously good in my humble opinion!