Tasting Notes Trotanoy 1995
A deep garnet core with deep brick rim though it is not quite as clear as I was expecting. A fine multi-faceted nose of dates, sous-bois, graphite and tar, then a touch of liquorice developing. A soft entry, the first where the tannins have matured enough to be pleasurable. Raspberry, tar, a touch of savoury fruits on the mid-palate. Harmonious but there is a touch of rusticity here which I find endearing. Clams up on the finish indicating that it could do with another five or six years cellaring. Very impressive. Drink 2012-2035. Tasted May 2007.
Certainly the best Trotanoy between 1998 and 1982, the 1995 has a deep saturated ruby color that is dark to the rim. Relatively shut down when tasted in 2002 on several occasions, the wine, with coaxing, does offer some notes of earth, raspberry, black cherries, and a hint of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, powerful, and backward, it is an impressively constituted Trotanoy that is relatively large-scaled but the huge level of tannin also means it might be a modern-day version of the 1970. Time will tell. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Last tasted, 2/02.