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Spotlight On: Château Trotanoy 1990, 1995 and 1998

John Siudut
Posted: October 24, 2007

Château Trotanoy is part of the Moueix family portfolio, which includes Pétrus, one of the auction world's top performers. Trotanoy's vineyards are located on the high western slope of the Pomerol plateau and are just a stone's throw away from the vineyards of Pétrus. In fact, many collectors seek this Merlot-based wine because it is made in a similar style to Pétrus, yet it can be purchased for a fraction of the price.

In the 1990s, Château Trotanoy produced three wines that scored within a few points of Pétrus: the 1990 (96, $62 release price, current price $278), 1995 (97, $75 release price, current price $171) and the 1998 (96, $207 release price, current price $298). The 1990 and the 1998 scored two points below Pétrus upon release and are both currently trading in the $200 to $300 range, a stark contrast to the $2,500 to $3,500 which these vintages of Pétrus now fetch.

At around $170 a bottle, the 1995 Trotanoy, the highest scoring of the trio, presents an even greater bargain when compared to the 1995 Pétrus (98, $640 release price), which averages $1,582 a bottle. The 1995 Trotanoy is also readily available at auctions, with three to four cases on the block per quarter.

Trotanoy prices like these may not last. Senior editor James Suckling rated the 2005 vintage as a potential classic and it will be arriving in retail stores in the spring of next year. The en primeur price has been climbing and currently averages just above $175 a bottle. With the 1995 just entering its peak drinking window, now may be the time to snap this wine up before demand and price pressure from the 2005 set in. For those looking to buy, Hart Davis Hart's sale on Oct. 27 includes a case lot of the 1995 with a high estimate at $1,500 or $125 a bottle.

This data comes from the Wine Spectator Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions. This chart plots the average price of Château Trotanoy 1990, 1995, and 1998.

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