ABOUT THIS WINE
Chateau 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 35 years. 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 50% new oak barrels for about 18 months.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Chateau Trotanoy takes its name from the French term, trop ennui. Which when it’s loosely translated means, "too much to bother with, or too boring." One taste of a great vintage of Trotanoy and you’ll agree, that is far from the truth.
The vineyards of Trotanoy were first planted in 1761. The property was owned in its formative years by the Giraud family, who were very successful landowners in the Right Bank of Bordeaux. It was the Giraud family that built the chateau that remains on the property today. At the start of the 19th century, the wines were sold under the name of Pomerol Giraud Cru de Trotanoy. Even at that time, the wine of Trotanoy was well respected. In fact, Trotanoy was considered to be one of the top wines of the entire appellation. Only Vieux Chateau Certan was held in higher regard in those early, formative days.
Just before the start of the 20th century, the estate was much larger than it is today. At that time, it was approximately 25 hectares. Chateau Trotanoy was divided into multiple plots at the time. Additional parcels of Chateau Trotanoy were again culled from their vineyards and sold during the early part of the 20th century. In the mid 1940’s, following the end of World War II, the direct descendants of the Giraud family sold Chateau Trotanoy to the Pecresse family. They did not hold the vineyard for very long. In 1953, the vineyards were acquired by Jean-Pierre Moueix, who bought the property from the Pecresse family.
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