This estate belonging to the Castéja family has seen a dramatic increase in quality over the past decade. The 2008 is beginning to show hints of bottle age, with leather, game, and spice layered over the sweet fruit singing beneath. The significant proportion of Cabernet Franc in the blend (47%) along with the vintage’s natural acidity give the wine a lovely freshness and vitality. The abundant tannins are matched by some generous oak richness.
Composed of 50% Merlot, 47% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2008 Trotte Vieille achieved 13.5% natural alcohol. It exhibits abundant oak, some minerality, moderately high tannins and a touch of austerity. Nevertheless, it offers sweet currants, black cherries and hints of cedarwood as well as underbrush. Drink it over the next 10-12 years. Drink: 2011 – 2023
Like the other estates of proprietor Philippe Casteja, there has been a dramatic increase in quality at this property over the last 7-8 years. The 2008 exhibits a dense purple color along with a sweet perfume of black fruits, spring flowers, licorice, and a hint of earth. Medium to full-bodied and pure with a beautiful texture, good acidity, and high levels of sweet tannin, it will require 2-4 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more. Drink: 2011 – 2031
The Trottevieille 2008 has an attractive nose of dark berries and wild hedgerow, touch of cedar coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with silky tannins, citric with touches of orange zest, a little abrupt on the finish but pure.
Tasted at the UGC 2008 tasting in London. This Chateau Trotte Vieille has turned out nicely. The bouquet takes time to bloom, but bloom it does with fragrant blueberry and cassis fruit intermingled with sweet vanilla and a touch of violet. Fine definition. The palate is medium-bodied, caressing on the entry with fine tannins, just a hint of lemon rind lending edginess towards the quite sumptuous finish, although it does not quite have the persistency to merit a higher score at the moment. Still, very commendable for the vintage. Drink 2013-2020.
Château Trotte Vieille
Like certain domaines in Burgundy, Trotte Vieille is a one parcelled vineyard enclosed by stone walls. But that is where the similarities stop. Planted with 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, its pure limestone soil produces one of the most terroir-driven wines in the region.
St Emilion, Red Bordeaux
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate – the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion’s popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into “A” (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and “B” (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.