Tannic, concentrated, full bodied, rich and quite young, it takes effort and coaxing to bring out the dark chocolate covered fruit, floral and earthy characteristics. Once past its initial tannic opening, the fruit shows it fresh, pure, clean side. But this vintage demands time in the bottle, at least another 6-8 years.
I opened it intending to let it breath in the bottle for an hour and a half. Luckily I tasted it in 15 minutes and realized it should not breath a second more. I stoppered it back up and waited for the meal to be ready (aged prime rib steak and asparagus with bernaise). Fantastic bottle with notes of wild PEI strawberries. It is very ready now and if I had another bottle I would NOT risk letting it sit any longer.
Appearance: Bright and clear, it has medium ruby color, with fading rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with medium (+) intensity aromas of black fruit such as blackberry and plum, herbal notes of mint, pungent spice of anise and licorice, oak notes of vanilla, kernel notes of dark chocolate, sweet spice of nutmeg, maturity notes of tobacco. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium tannin of ripe and silky texture, with medium alcohol and medium body. It has medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackberry and plum, oak notes of vanilla, pungent spice of licorice. The wine has a medium (+) finish. Conclusion: Very good quality Pomerol with a good concentrated nose of good complexity, the wine has demonstrated elegance and at the same time a firm structure, with the Cabernet Franc characters particularly strong to my surprise. The palate is equally intense and the wine finishes with a fairly long finish. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 4-6 years.
This is drinking in a good place right now. Tasted four times over the last two years its getting better & very focused. It is quite intense as one would expect from Trotanoy, with a still deep ruby red colour, very plummy, fine tannins, good structure, long intense finish. It may improve over next few years but no need to wait to long.
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