Tasting Notes Trotanoy 1998
The finest Trotanoy since the 1961, this structured, formidably-endowed, deep ruby/purple-colored, full-bodied, super-rich wine exhibits notes of toffee, truffles, and abundant blackberry, cherry, and currant fruit. It cuts a large swath across the palate, and possesses copious but sweet tannin as well as a chewy, muscular mid-palate and finish. This is a compelling effort from one of the great vineyards of Pomerol. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. Last tasted, 11/02.
Tasted at the Trotanoy dinner at Sketch in London. This bottle of 1998 has a rather odd, lactic nose at first - dark chocolate and espresso, again developing a northern Rhone-like character that I find distracting. The palate is medium-bodied, ripe and velvety with luscious dark plummy fruit. The oak is very dominant and I worry that it will not fully integrate with the fruit at all. I have been very positive about previous bottles in the past, but stylistically I am going to err on the side of caution. Tasted September 2012.