Château Trotanoy

This famous growth, whose soil was too hard to work and thus called “trop ennui” (too annoying) in medieval French, is located on one of the most beautiful parts of the plateau of Pomerol and was purchased in 1953 by Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix.

The soil here is diverse. In addition to the dark clay so typical of Pomerol, the holdings on the higher parts of the plateau are of gravel. The presence of “machefer”, an iron-rich layer in the subsoil brings power and depth as well as complexity to the wine.

Château Trotanoy’s vineyard was one of the few not to freeze in 1956 and today, it is comprised of very old vines, the average being close to 40 years. As for other Moueix estates, the work done in the vineyard is fastidious – severe pruning in the winter, regular ploughing, crop-thinning, de-leafing, manicuring the clusters in the summer – and allows a perfect ripening of the fruit. The must is vinified in small concrete vats and the young wine matures in 1/3 to 1/2 new oak barrels for about 18 months, as opposed to the 100% at Petrus, a château with which Trotanoy has so many similarities.

When ready, this wine shows enormous complexity and concentration and belongs to the most sought-after Pomerols.

Planted Area: 7.5 hectares
Grape Varieties: 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc
Type of Soil: A mixture of gravel and clay, and heavy clay
Production: 25,000 bottles