The Chateau Trottevieille is a Saint Emilion First Grand Cru Classe red wine. The 10-hectare vineyard has vines that are about 50-years-old growing in reddish soil on limestone bedrock. The 2016 vintage goes through aging in new oak barrels for 12 to 18 months. The Chateau Trottevieille 2016 blend consists of 53% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon.
At Chateau Trottevieille, the 2016 vintage had rather complex weather conditions. The winter was mild and rainy. It then gave way to a cold, wet spring. However, flowering could take place perfectly due to a period of good weather. The summer followed with very hot, dry conditions that caused the vines significant water stress. Fortunately, rain fell on the vineyard on September 13, which allowed the berries to finish ripening.
At the tasting, the Chateau Trottevieille 2016 develops intense floral aromas and empyreumatic notes. On the palate, the tannins are of great finesse and the acidity is well balanced. The fruit flavors and oak influence integrate well with each other. The Chateau Trottevielle 2016 is intense and offers precision until the finish.