Less than an hour's drive from Bordeaux, in the most beautiful corner of France, lies the Saint-Émilion wine region. Wine is said to have been grown here as early as the time of the ancient Romans. Here - on the clayey and calcareous soils of Saint-Émilion - lies the 12-hectare cultivation area of the Chateau Trotte Vieille winery. Wine has been produced in this region since 1453, which is why the estate is considered the oldest in France. There used to be an old monastery here.
The wine-growing region is partly planted with old Cabernet Franc vines that were there before the first phylloxera came to France.
A total of 49% Merlot grapevines dominate the calcareous terrain. In addition, 46% Cabernet Franc are grown and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which are ideal for these sophisticated wines.
Not only the name is legend
Allegedly, an elderly lady once lived on the property. According to legend, she took a daily walk to the nearby post office, where the latest gossip stories were exchanged as well as the post. This is how the chateau is said to have got its name, because Trotte Vieille means something like "walk of an old woman". The estate passed through numerous owners. Before the French Revolution, it was owned by Jean Laveaus, who was also the owner of the Villemaurine estate at the time.
It later became the property of Isambart, who was also an experienced winery entrepreneur. In 1867, the Trotte Vieille winery even won first place at a world exhibition and was awarded a gold medal. More than 100 years later (1898) the estate came into the possession of the Jean family. It remained there until it was acquired in 1949 by the lawyer and winemaker Marcel Borie, the head of a large wine trading company. In 1955, the winery received the "Premier Grand Cru Saint-Émilion" award for the first time, which it has honestly earned again and again since then.
After the death of Borie and his son-in-law Émile Castéja, his son Philippe Castéja became the new owner and winemaker of the estate.
The wines of the château: Exquisite quality
In addition to the first wine Château TrotteVieille (1er Grand Cru Classé), the second wine Dame de TrotteVieille (AOC Saint-Émilion Grand Cru) is also one of the most popular and elegant wines of the estate. All wines are characterized by a beautiful structure and a particularly rich aroma of red berries and fruits. The diverse aroma is complemented by woody, spicy notes and a hint of roasted cocoa beans. Visually, the wines impress with their deep red color. The excellent aging potential of Saint-Émilion wines is also well known, which rightly gives them the designation "antique wines".
Both wines - the Château TrotteVieille and the Dame de TrotteVieille - offer a long and pleasant finish that convinces every wine connoisseur of the special quality of these wines.
The different vintages testify to the respective weather and climate influences of the cultivation and harvest year, which in turn is reflected in the quality and properties, such as the aroma of the wines. However, since the Trotte Vieille wine-growing region is always spoiled by the sun and the soil also offers ideal conditions for wine-growing, all vintages of these exclusive wines are of exquisite quality.