Photo: Chateau Trotte Vieille

The Saint-Émilion premier cru Château Trotte Vieille has a long history of making outstanding wines, but it’s often overshadowed by some of the region’s more famous names. James Suckling visited the estate in January and tasted 17 different vintages — dating all the way back to the legendary 1961. Here are five you shouldn’t miss.



Amazing, with dense, ripe fruit. Hint of raisins shows the ripeness of the vintage. Full body, velvety tannins and lively acidity. Energetic—and a joy to drink.
96 points


A fantastic revelation. So fresh and bright. Very linear and
long, and full-bodied yet tight. Highlights the excellence of that year on the Right Bank.
95 points


Shows such focus and precision. A full body, powerful and long. Salty, mineral character as well as ripe fruit. Fabulous complexity. Great now, but has a long life ahead of it.

97 points


Big, rich style with a full body. Exotic, exuberant, juicy and sexy. Drink or hold. 

95 points


Exotic aromas of blackberry, blueberry and plum tart. Full body, velvety tannins and an intense
finish. Powerful and flavourful. Closing down now, but still superb. Better in 2020.

94 points



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