Tasted blind. Big and blobby. More freshness please. Round with ripe fruit. Long and rich. Chapeau!
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2045
The 2016 Trotte Vieille has a fresh bouquet, lively and generous with tensile black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the Cabernet Franc quite expressive. The medium-bodied palate is focused and full of energy, offering supple tannin and coalescing nicely toward the sweet, almost sorbet-fresh finish. Superb.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2045
Robert Parker 93
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.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050