Magdelaine v Trotanoy

(Oct. 10, 2012) — The right bank of the Gironde is the heartland of Merlot.  Pomerol & St Emilion, in their different ways, expressed the serious side of this grape well before the New World knocked it “sideways” with many easy confections.  This tasting provides an almost perfect opportunity to compare the different terroirs of the two communes.  Each commune is represented by a leading chateau.

In Pomerol, Trotanoy can rival its almost-neighbour, Petrus; while Magdelaine is regarded by some as the third best St Emilion, after Cheval Blanc & Ausone.  What makes this such a perfect comparison of the terroirs is that both properties have been under the same ownership – JP Moueix (of Petrus fame) – since the early 50s.  They also have the same elevage – 90% merlot, 10% cab franc.  With those factors ‘controlled for’ the terroirs are left to express themselves.

We will be tasting the 1994, 1995, 1997 & 1999 vintages of each wine. 1994, 1997 and 1999 gave good results on the right bank including these properties. 1995 was excellent particularly for merlot – Parker gave the Trotanoy 93 points and Magdelaine 90. These wines are now fully mature

This is your opportunity to appreciate that difference and to enjoy serious merlot.

As always with our tastings, this event will be strictly non-smoking, and we request your cooperation in not wearing any scented after-shave or perfume.

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 North York Memorial Community Hall
Time: 6:30 p.m. 5110 Yonge St. (under library)
Limit: 122 people North York Centre Subway
Members: $92 Guests: $98

Cancellations accepted up to October 5, 2012. See the event form for cancellation contact details. No reservations by phone, please. No confirmations will be issued — you will be contacted only if we are sold out. First come basis. Non-members may attend at guest rates, but preference will be given to members.

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