Deepest ruby in colour. The nose is…brooding, latently dark and earthy, with red, profoundest red fruit and a fruitcaked, almost coffeed density of perfume but with weirdly, a touch of delectable sherbet freshness. The palate has that same latent quality as the nose, (“very calm, very still, a sense of stillness”, I wrote in the margin) is powerful with a chewy density, and an extraction that finesses the majestic power with an almost eerie freshness and lift. This is both a profound Trotanoy and an enigma.
A final blend of 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Trotanoy opens with expressive red and black fruit notes including redcurrant jelly, kirsch, Black Forest cake and cassis plus hints of roses, dried Provence herbs, tobacco and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied with generous, expressive fruits supported by plush tannins and just enough freshness, it finishes long. This is quite an opulent, decadent Trotanoy! 96-98/100 RP