The 2016 Trottevieille is a blend of 45% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 53% Cabernet Franc picked on 6 October for the Merlot and 18 October for the Cabernets, one of the latest in recent years. The yield was 37 hectoliters per hectare, and it is matured entirely in new oak. The bouquet is quite intense, although personally I would have employed less new oak. However, it does open up nicely in the glass and imparts nuances such as orange blossom and incense aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well judged acidity, and here I feel the oak is simpatico with the fruit. It has a lovely grainy texture, great depth and maintains precision all the way through to the finish. This is a strong follow-up to the 2015 Trottevieille although it will require several years in bottle to subsume the oak.
Score: 94 punten (in-bottle tasting). A striking start to this wine as the ripe black fruits bristle then soften against the tannic structure, held carefully through the mid-palate and then lifted up on the finish to reveal their juiciness. Aromatic freshness combines with flavours of bitter dark chocolate, tight black cherries, slate and mineral notes. The 100% new oak is barely discernible except for a very light edge of charred cedar. I like this very much. 53% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2016 Trotte Vieille has a fresh bouquet, lively and generous with tensile black fruit laced with cedar and graphite, the Cabernet Franc quite expressive. The medium-bodied palate is focused and full of energy, offering supple tannin and coalescing nicely toward the sweet, almost sorbet-fresh finish. Superb.
Complex aromas of blackberries, dried flowers and other dark fruit. Shows hints of cedar and blackberries. Full-bodied, dense and wonderfully integrated with rich tannins that just melt into the wine. Extremely fine and focused finish. Shows harmony and balance.