The peculiar name of Château Trotanoy echoes the history of the estate, dating back to the 18th century, when the property was nicknamed “Trop Ennuie.” This means something like “too much of a bother” in English, in reference to the tedious work involving the "taming" of its terroir. At Château Trotanoy, old vines of Merlot and Cabernet Franc stretch their roots deep into a dense mixture of clay and gravel, which hardens after rain and becomes very difficult to till. In 1953, Jean-Pierre Moueix purchased a neglected Château Trotanoy and hired Jean-Claude Berrouet as winemaker. Berrouet retired in 2007, after completing 44 vintages, but stayed on as consultant. Since then, Eric Muriasco has served as Technical Director of Trotanoy.
Today, the Château Trotanoy estate encompasses a 7.2 hectare (17.8 acre) vineyard on the Pomerol plateau on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. This vineyard is sustainably managed. The areas of the vineyard with the highest elevations are characterized by gravel soils, while lower down clay soils are layered over a subsoil of red gravel and hard, iron-rich "crasse de fer." It is exactly this diversity of soils that contribute such great power and complexity to the wines of Château Trotanoy. The vineyard is planted with roughly 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, reflecting the proportions of the blend.
Château Trotanoy has over the past few decades become one of the most important references in Pomerol, producing wines of ideal balance, refinement and concentration, along with a remarkable potential for age. The château's namesake First Wine boasts beautiful structure and aromas of black fruit preserves, chocolate and wild mushrooms. Since 2009, the estate has also produced a second wine called Esperance de Trotanoy, whose fruit-forward profile make it approachable even after only a few years of age.