2001 Trotanoy, Pomerol

SKU #1081600 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2001 Trotanoy continues to improve with each passing year in bottle and now with 15 years on the clock, it is just beginning to entertain the idea of "drinkability"! It has a compelling bouquet with intense red and black fruit, quite ferrous like many Pomerols, perhaps showing a little more vigor compared to the bottle at ten years old. The palate is medium-bodied, full of grip and sinew, impressive length and dimension with a slightly grainy texture. Like most Trotanoys, it benefits from decanting and do not be afraid to give this 5-6 hours, because it still threatens to clam up on the vice-like finish. Superb, but patience is needed. (NM)  (2/2017)

94 points Vinous

 (95% merlot and 5% cabernet franc; 3.71 pH; IPT 79; 13.3% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Ripe but still inexpressive on the nose, offering delicate aromas of red fruits, violet, crushed stone, menthol and wild herbs. Silky and round on entry, then rich and suave in the mid-palate, with a hint of smoky minerality nicely complementing the pure red and black fruit flavors. This is a marvelously balanced wine of great breed and purity. Finishes long, sweet and bright, with very smooth tannins and less of the earthy, leathery qualities found in some other Trotanoy vintages. The 2001 vintage saw a large crop but down slightly from the levels of 2000 and 1999. The growing season featured a wet winter, a fine spring, a dreary July, a warm August (though not as hot as 2000) and a cool but dry September, with low rainfall in August and September. "The 2001 is a very pure, refined and classy expression of merlot--what Bordeaux can do so well," according to Jean-Claude Berrouet. (ID)  (3/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely blackberry and cherry character, with a medium body, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Delicious red already but will be better with age. The finesse of Trotanoy. (JS)  (3/2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Liquorice. Scented. Dry finish. Red pepper. Very spicy. Paler rim than 2000. Fresh and delightful. Such lift. 17.5/20 Points  (9/2012)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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