Château Trotte Vieille

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Château Trotte Vieille, alternately Château Trottevieille, is a Bordeaux wine producer from the appellation Saint-Émilion, ranked Premier grand cru classé B in the Classification of Saint-Émilion wine. The estate is located in the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion, in the department Gironde.

The estate also produces the second wine La Vieille Dame de Trotte Vieille.

History[edit]

Situated below Château Troplong Mondot, the name of the estate is suggested to derive from la trotte vieille (English: old trotting lady), invoking a story of an elderly woman who once regularly trotted by nearby roads.[1] More likely is however the relation to the Swiss word for wine press "Trotte".[2]

In 1949, Trottevieille was acquired by Marcel Borie, head of the firm Borie-Manoux, who left the estate to his son-in-law Emile Castéja.[3]

To date the estate is owned by Borie-Manoux, also owners of Château Batailley and Château Lynch-Moussas, making it the only Saint-Émilion grand cru owned by a Bordeaux négociant.[1][3] It is currently managed by Philippe Castéja, with oenologists Gilles Pauquet and Denis Dubourdieu as consultants.[1]

Production[edit]

The vineyard area extends 10 hectares (25 acres) with a grape variety distribution of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Of the Grand vin, Château Trotte Vieille, and the second wine, La Vieille Dame de Trotte Vieille, there is a total annual production of 3,000 cases.[1]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c d Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Chateau Trottevieille". 
  2. ^ "Trotte". 
  3. ^ a b Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. 467–468. ISBN 1-84000-927-6.