Château Trottevieille is a very old estate. Its name comes from a legend having to do with an old lady who lived there centuries ago. A coach stop was located at the intersection of two roads just outside her house. Whenever a carriage stopped there, the old woman (la vieille) "trotted out" to hear the latest news. The present-day château is surrounded by attractive grounds as well as vines. The vineyard overlooks a small south-facing valley, and the vines have remarkable sun exposure. The terroir consists of a thin layer (thirty centimetres) of clay soil on a limestone shelf. Visible in former quarries found on the estate, vine roots have pushed through in search of nourishment. There is also a small plot of pre-phylloxera vines approximately 120 years old. Château Trottevieille is known for its elegance, roundness, and very long aftertaste. These characteristics are partly due to the large percentage of Cabernet Franc. The wine is fruity and wellbalanced even when young, but fills out and develops beautifully after several years in bottle. This explains why Trottevieille is much sought after by connoisseurs around the world.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The final blend of 58% Cabernet Franc and 42% Merlot hit 14% natural alcohol. The yields were a low 20 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine reflects that. It is more evolved than many of the St.-Emilions in 2010, but perhaps the Cabernet Franc is giving it that wonderful juicy blueberry and floral set of aromatics. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, pure, surprisingly complex already, rich, savory, broad and long. It is not a blockbuster in the style of Troplong Mondot or Larcis Ducasse, for example, but it is a savory, complex, finely tuned wine to drink over the next 15+ years.
|Grape varieties||Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Revue du Vin de France||16|
|Producer/Bottled by||CHATEAU TROTTEVIEILLE 33300 BORDEAUX FRANCE|
|Classification||1er grand cru classe B|
- R. Gabriel : 17
- J. Robinson : 16
- Vineyard : Libournais
- Wine Spectator : 91
- Country : France
- Grape varieties : Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon