Tasted blind. Some evolution at the rim. Sweet and fresh on the nose but not very concentrated, and with a note of oak still there. Drying tannins on the end. Good stuff.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2030
Robert Parker 94
The 2015 Trottevieille is blend of 49% Merlot, 49% Cabernet Franc and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon picked between 28 September and 9 October matured in 100% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet, tightly wound with red and black fruit, hints of truffle coming through with aeration and then it appears to calm down and achieve a wonderful level of definition. The palate is medium-bodied with superb clarity. It feels supple in the mouth, extremely pure and soaking up the new oak with ease. It has a lively orange sorbet and red fruit-driven finish that is silky smooth in texture, thanks to the fineness of the tannin. Cellar this for 5-8 years minimum and then revel in this ascendant Saint Emilion for the next three or four decades.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
The 2015 Trotte Vieille has an attractive bouquet with cedar and tobacco-tinged red fruit, well defined and poised with more terroir expression that many of its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, licorice-tinged red fruit with fine delineation toward the poised finish. This is an excellent Trotte Vieille that probably will deserve a higher score with bottle age. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.