The continued investment by the Castéja family over a number of years is really beginning to reap rewards. Full of damson and sloe fruits, this wine is totally at ease with itself; nothing is forced, just the perfect balance between fruit, alcohol, tannins and acidity. Classically St Emilion. Lovely. DR
The 2016 Trottevieille is a blend of 45% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 53% Cabernet Franc picked on 6 October for the Merlot and 18 October for the Cabernets, one of the latest in recent years. The yield was 37 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured entirely in new oak. The bouquet is quite intense, although personally I would have employed less new oak. However, it does open up nicely in the glass and imparts nuances such as orange blossom and incense aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, and here I feel the oak is simpatico with the fruit. It has a lovely grainy texture, great depth and maintains precision all the way through to the finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015 Trottevieille although it will require several years in bottle to subsume the oak. Drink Date 2025 - 2050
Dark crimson. Quite appetising on the nose. Well judged. Not dramatic and verging on stringy but at least it's not OTT. If it could just move to being very slightly riper phenolically it would be a lovely wine. Drying finish. Drink 2024-2038
A wine that carries its 100% new oak lightly, especially at this young age, this is a serious, concentrated St Emilion that’s built for the longer haul, but already shows the poise, texture and filigree tannins that define the Trottevieille style. 2024-32
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.
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.