1971 Château Trotanoy

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • Pomerol
Drink between 1991 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 27

  • sdr Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 16, 2018 - 1971 Bordeaux (3030 Ocean, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida): I had to check the cork twice to verify that it contained the numbers “1971” since color, aroma and taste suggested something from the eighties or even nineties. Fantastic depth of dark cherry and berry fruit submerged in noble tannins and perfect acids. So delicious it’s practically gulp able. What it lacks relative to the other ‘71s tonight is that mysterious complexity and nuance of old age. Still, everyone enjoyed it and most picked it as Wine of the Night. A great ‘71 and much different from a recent bottle from a different source.

  • RockinCabs wrote: 96 points

    November 3, 2018 - Nose: Explosive nose of dense red cherry, sweet plum, vanilla bean, spices and burnt embers. Just giving and giving layers of creamy fruit and truffle. Palate: Completely exotic. Delivers a broad and deep wine with lots of glycerin, bright red fruit, creamy palate feel and all of the ganache drenched cherries you might want. Finish: Lovely creamy finish, with more notes of cedar and cigar embers.

    How I love the 71's in St. Emillion and Pomerol. This was a complete pleasure bomb just dripping with sweet red merlot fruit, cocoa and toffee. Wow.

  • englishman's claret wrote: 94 points

    November 3, 2018 - Served next to the rakish 1970, this really is a totally different wine - where the 70 is wild, assertive, and slightly rough around the edges, the 71 is nothing but polish, poise, elegance with a raspberry, Merlot spice, ganache, slightly floral personality. Not to say that it doesn't have enough Pomerol fat - it surely does, and were it not served next to the 1970 it might have seemed very full indeed. 94-95.

  • sdr Likes this wine: 95 points

    June 2, 2018 - A revelation. I don’t recall drinking any ‘71 Bordeaux, assuming the more vaunted ‘70s were much better. If this is any indication, they are different, not worse, and in fact this Trotanoy was much more enjoyable than the slightly older versions I have had. What makes it so memorable it its silky texture, the smoothest of any red wine I have ever drunk. Lovely fragrance too, cedar, dried plum and spice, with flavors to match. Obviously old but mellow, not tired, soft, not watery or dry. Elegant, disarmingly charming. A real beauty.

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  • dchain Likes this wine: 97 points

    February 17, 2018 - From magnum curtesy of my good friend Richard in Whistler. Clear ruby, touch of brick. Soil, truffle, spicy plum blasting out of the glass. So complex, sweet heathy fruit, Christmas cake. Still rich with fruit and glycerin. So spicy, so long and crunchy and fresh. Better than the 71 Petrus I had a few months ago. No rush to drink but can’t get better than where it is now. Delicious.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2018, Issue #73, Always the Right Time For the Right Bank Another Compendium From St. Émilion and Pomerol

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2017, Issue #70, The Underrated and Elegant 1971 Bordeaux Vintage

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2013, Issue #47, Château Trotanoy: One of Pomerol’s True First Growth Estates

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  • By John Kapon
    Kickoff Classic, 9/17/2005

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1971
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Trotanoy
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation Pomerol

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 138 (67%)
  • Consumed 68 (33%)

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