[Primeurs] Château TrotteVieille 2022, Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion

We are pleased to present you Château TrotteVieille 2022, Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion

2022 is an exceptional vintage in several ways: Exceptional climate, very deep color, strong gustative intensity and superb concentration of aromas.


Presentation of the 2022 vintage by Axel Marchal, Doctor of Œnology and Consultant Œnologist for the Castéja family estates.

“Intensely colourful and brilliant, this TrotteVieille develops a remarkable fruity bouquet, marked by aromas of gooseberry jelly, raspberry and peony. Its aromatic precision and the complexity of its expression are fascinating, as well as its mouth, creamy, tasty but with a racy power. Of great distinction, its persistence and salinity reflect admirably its origin.”
Axel Marchal, Doctor of Œnology


Château TrotteVieille 2022 among the top wines from Bordeaux 2022 vintage according to the Tasting Book AI.. has rated Bordeaux’s 100 best wines from 2022 vintage without tasting them. The points are formed by the tastingbook AI – Artificial Intelligence, which takes into account the wine ratings of the world’s 50 best-known wine Critics, wine ratings by thousands of tastingbook’s professionals from the last 52 Bordeaux vintages (1980-2021), also taking into account the climatic conditions of those vintages, the quality and the reputation of the producers and their ability to produce wines in vintages similar to 2022. As a new element, regional weather information collected from satellites over the past 12 years has now been included. Based on tastingbook’s more than 70,000 wine reviews and other statistics generated during the last 51 Bordeaux vintages, the tastingbook’s artificial intelligence predicted the score for the 2022 Bordeaux wines, like it did successfully for the 2020 and 2021 vintages. The score now given is the one to which the wines of the mentioned wineries should be able to achieve according to this prediction.


Summary of press tasting notes and comments:

IA Tasting Book : 97

Markus Del Monego Tasting Book : 99
Intense purple colour with violet hue and black core. Marvellous nose with very expressive character, ripe fruit, blackberries and mulberries, ripe cherries with hints of floral tones in the background. Fine toasting, elegant oak, great freshness and precision. Mouth watering finish with excellent length, multi-layered with fruit, spiciness and minerality. A great wine.

James Suckling : 98-99
“The most structured and impressive Trottevieille I have ever tasted. It is full-bodied yet compacted with a fine velvet texture. Intense finish with super tension and focus. Could move up a notch.”

Jean-Marc Quarin : 96
“Couleur sombre et pourpre. Nez intense, fin, fruité, pur et subtil. Particulièrement minutieux en entrée de bouche, très aromatique au milieu, avec de la classe dans la texture, du corps, le vin grandit en finale, suave, fondant, sur un grain fin. Il s’agit du premier millésime vinifié dans le nouveau chai. La précision de la réalisation est inédite. Assemblage :50 % cabernet franc, 45 % merlot, 5 % cabernet sauvignon. Degré d’alcool : 14°5 – pH : 3,7. Rendement : 29 hl/ha.”

William Kelley Robert Parker : 94-96
“The quality of the 2022 Trotte Vieille took me by surprise, but clearly more diligent viticulture, combined with a new winery equipped with fully 26 vats for the estate’s 11 hectares of vineyards, is beginning to pay off, as this is the most complete, integrated young wine I have ever tasted at this address. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, rose petals, violets and incense, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with a deep core of vibrant fruit, beautifully refined tannins and a long, saline finish. A blend of fully 50% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, it derives exclusively from Trotte Vieille’s historic clay-limestone walled vineyard.”

Yves Beck : 97-98
“50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Trotte Vieille se révèle avec délicatesse, subtilité. Le bouquet ne cherche guère à en jeter, mais bien plus à attirer l’attention sur sa pluralité et sa profondeur. L’alliance entre des notes de myrtilles, de cerises, de poivre et de menthe suivies d’évidentes nuances florales, est parfaite ! L’attaque, avec une fine sucrosité, annonce un vin charmant, invitant. Il révèle sa puissance à partir du milieu de bouche, là où ses tannins assurent énergie et puissance. Ils sont d’ailleurs de pair avec la tension de la structure, qui le rend bien à l’ensemble du palais. Un vin précis, linéaire, fin, expressif et persistant. Quelle grande réussite, de mémoire, je n’ai jamais aussi bien goûté Trotte Vieille. Une très grande réussite. 2029-2062 “

Georgina Hindle Decanter : 95-97
“A striking and seriously impressive Trotte Vieille in 2022. Serious and strong aromatically, fully expressive with dark ripe bramble fruits, softly fragrant with gentle perfumed nuances. Bright and alive in the glass, has some tension, a sense of linearity and focus, with not much expansiveness at this point but the tannin detail and definition is exceptional with a soft creamy, chalky, powdery and firm texture. So refined, feels almost light in the mouth but there’s concentration and power underneath with mouthwatering acidity keeping the sense of life. Extremely well constructed with poise and a sense of definition to the overall frame. Very precise and totally moreish in a brooding way. A very complete wine with so much to like. 100% new oak. 60% grand vin. 30hl/ha. 3.70pH. First vintage fully operating in the new gravity fed cellar.”

La Revue Du Vin De France : 94-95
“Une séduisante robe éclatante et d’un pourpre sombre ouvre ce 2022 qui dompte avec brio son élevage en barriques neuves. Bien défini en nuances réglissées, il enveloppe la bouche par des tanins crémeux et une salinité insistante. Velouté long remarquablement articulé. Garde sereine à prévoir.”

Jeff Leve The Wine Cellar Insider : 96-98
“Almost opaque in color, the wine pops with black cherries, tobacco leaf, flowers, plums, smoke, and chocolate in the aromatics. The palate is silky, vibrant, and plush. The fruits are deep, intense, long, vibrant, and most importantly, pure. There is length, complexity, opulence, balance and a strong sensation of crushed stones, blackberries, chocolate, and plums in the finish you can taste and feel. TrotteVieille has been on an incredible roll lately. Perhaps, with the aid of their new cellars, this is the best vintage in the history of the estate! The wine blends 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.14.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 8 – September 27. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. Drink from 2027-2055.”

Jeb Dunnuck : 95-97
“My rough note on the 2022 Château Trotte Vieille included more than one expletive, and this beauty is straight-up gorgeous. Vivid blue fruits, violets, flowers, and chocolate all make an appearance on the nose, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, layered texture, perfect tannins, and nicely integrated oak. Based on 50% Cabernet Franc, 45% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon, it remains to be seen if this will ultimately match the magical 2020, but we’re not far off. This is a château readers need to have on their radar. (2023)”

Bernard Burtschy Le Figaro : 95-97
“Château Trotte Vieille, un vin soyeux, aérien.
Un bouquet ouvert et détendu de fruits noirs, de rose de Damas, avec des notes d’encre et de réglisse noire. Un vin soyeux, aérien, qui remplit chaque recoin de la bouche et à la finale pure et intense, longue et saline.”

Bettane & Desseauve : 97-98
“50 % de cabernet franc et 5 % de cabernet-sauvignon extraordinaires. On aime son corps dense avec une bouche veloutée d’un grand raffinement à la une verticalité finale saline grandiose qui donne au vin une profondeur superbe.”

Jacques Dupont Le Point : 18.5-19
“Nez fin, racé, note florale, fruits rouges, bouche vive, très harmonieux, trame serrée, bien salivante, ça tient le vin en longueur, le côté vif serre un peu les tanins, ça le tient en longueur, notes d’épices, poivre, très long.”

Antonio Galloni Vinous : 94-96
“The 2022 TrotteVieille is a hugely intriguing wine. The aromatics alone are wonderfully alluring. Sweet redtoned fruit, mint, blood orange, spice, licorice and rose petal infuse the 2022 with compelling inner perfume. Layered and complex, with tons of character. TrotteVieille is shaping up to be terrific. In 2022, TrotteVieille is not as bombastic as it has been in same recent years, and that is a positive.”

Neal Martin Vinous : 94-96
“The 2022 TrotteVieille represents the first year when all the Cabernet Sauvignon entered the Grand Vin (5%). Picked from 2 to 27 September, it is aged entirely in new oak. It has an intense bouquet that is well-defined albeit coated with the oak at the moment – this will be subsumed with time. There is an underlying orange pith/tangerine element lending nuance. The palate is very harmonious on the entry with pliant tannins. Very precise, silky smooth in texture thanks to the use of their new cuveries equipped with smaller vats. The acidity is nicely judged, opulent yet controlled with a touch of white pepper right on the finish. Very stylish.”

Terre de Vins : 97-98
“Après un 2021 qui s’était distingué comme une des belles réussites du millésime, TrotteVieille, aidé par ses nouvelles installations techniques, signe un remarquable 2022. La matière est musculeuse, soutenue par une définition tannique de haute précision. De la plénitude en bouche, qui combine bien avec l’arête acide, le tout s’étirant jusqu’à la finale salivante.”

Jane Anson : 95
“Even with its location on the heart of the Asteries limestone plateau the colour is insanely dark, a clear imprint of the vintage. This is the second vintage in Trottevielle’s new cellars, and it’s totally gorgeous, rich and creamy in its delivery of blackberry and blueberry fruits, feels complete, compelx and balanced, with the chocolate and damson core given lift and finesse by a salted cracker and saffran finish. 100% new oak, beautiful wine from the team here, owned by Philippe Casteja.”