Château Trianon Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2018
Style: Red
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux | Saint-Emilion
Grape: Bordeaux Red
Score: 90-94
Price: 35-50 euro

Château Trianon Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2018.

Château Trianon stands as an emblem of both tradition and innovation. This revered estate reflects the essence of Bordeaux’s winemaking excellence, with a story intertwined with history and a vision that continually evolves. In the heart of Saint-Émilion this Château produces her Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, of which the 2018 vintage is reviewed by us.

About the Winery

In 2001 the Hebrard family, led by Dominique Hebrard, took the reins of Château Trianon. Their commitment to revitalizing the estate began with the restoration of the soil and replanting select vineyards. Unlike the previous owners who prioritized high-volume production, stressing both soil and vines, Dominique adopted a transformative strategy.

Drawing from his profound roots in Bordeaux winemaking, notably with Chateau Cheval Blanc, Dominique infused invaluable expertise and a refreshed vision into Trianon. Recognized for his innovative yet tradition-respecting approach, Dominique collaborated with Trianon’s winemaker, Alizé Huit, to modernize winemaking practices.

Encompassing approximately 15 hectares of vineyards, a noteworthy expanse for Saint-Émilion standards, the estate concentrates on Merlot, the shining star of Bordeaux’s right bank, complemented by Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère.

About the Wine

  • Château Trianon Saint-Émilion 2018 – Grand Cru
  • Merlot (78%) | Cabernet Franc (14%) | Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) | Carménère (3%)

This crown jewel of Château Trianon forms a true representation of the Hebrard project. The Château’s vineyards provide a blend containing Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère. It is vinified in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats, and aged in a mixture of new and old oak barrels for sixteen months.

This Saint-Émilion boasts a deep and rich coloration, inviting with its captivating hue.

Its aroma profile is robust and fruit-forward, unveiling the essence of wild cassis, blackberry, and delicate hints of violet, complemented by nuances of wild red fruits, subtle gray pepper, and a touch of nutmeg. Additional layers of complexity emerge with hints of blackberries, mahogany, black pepper, and damp earth, adding depth to the bouquet.

Upon tasting, the wine reveals its fruity character in a well-balanced manner, showcasing a sturdy structure and precise delineation. Juicy notes of cassis, ripe raspberry, and black cherry intertwine seamlessly, accompanied by undertones of liquorice, toasted elements, and a subtle whisper of hazelnut. The palate evolves into a complex array of rich red and black fruits, accented by licorice, pepper, cumin, and hints of chocolate, creating a multi-dimensional flavor experience. The tannins, though present, integrate harmoniously with the lively acidity, contributing to the wine’s overall finesse.

The wine exhibits a substantial structure, lending an air of understated elegance. As it opens up, the palate reveals restrained black fruit flavors, accompanied by mineral undertones, crushed stone, and a touch of slate. The interplay between fruit and minerality enhances the wine’s complexity, offering an engaging tasting experience.

The journey concludes with a juicy finish, leaving lingering impressions of dark berries and chocolate. Medium-bodied and seamlessly integrated, the finish epitomizes the wine’s refined craftsmanship.


The Château Trianon 2018 makes a bold statement with its aromatic intensity and flavorful complexity. Notes of cedar, tobacco, dried flowers, and leather contribute to its intricate profile, while a vibrant energy and pure fruit expression add allure. With its pronounced minerality, intricate flavors of chocolate-covered black cherries, earthy undertones, and spice, this wine captivates the palate. 

Balanced, medium-bodied, and with a satisfying mouthfeel, the 2018 Château Trianon exemplifies the excellence of Saint-Émilion winemaking. Ready to enjoy now but with potential for further aging, this wine promises enjoyment for years to come. 

We happily award this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru with a 92-point DWA score.

To read our full article on Château Trianon, including an additional review of the ‘Pavillon de Trianon 2019 – Bordeaux Supérieur’ click here.

This review is written by our own Niels Aarts. The wines of Château Trianon are available in various international markets, through selected partners, or directly from the Château.

Price:                          €40,00

Taste date:                January 2024

Score:                         92/100 DWA Score

Website:                    Château Trianon