"Troplong Mondot offers a unique style. It’s thick and rich in the mouth, but never heavy. The wine has scents of dark plums, liquorice, blackberries, coffee, spice, dark cherries, stone, chocolate, flowers and blackberry liqueur. More sensuous than elegant on the palate, there is an intensity of flavours, coupled with the ability to age and evolve."
— The Wine Cellar Insider
Notes and Reviews
Robert Parker (99)
It boasts an inky/purple colour along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha, chocolate, blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture, a full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like, multilayered finish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness, thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away, the terroir characteristics and additional nuances will emerge. This blockbuster, fabulous Troplong Mondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. It is not shy either, bouncing over the palate with 15.5% natural alcohol.
The 2009 Troplong Mondot will provide plenty of competition for the 2010, 2005 and 2000. It comes closest in style to the prodigious 1990 that proprietress Christine Valette produced 22 years ago. A phenomenal effort, it unquestionably justifies its relatively new Premier Grand Cru St-Émilion status. Readers should keep in mind that the 1990, which probably has lower acidity and not the level of concentration found in the 2009, is drinking incredibly well at age 22 and reveals no signs of falling apart.
|Grape Varieties||Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc|
|Age of Vines||30 years on average|
|Vinification||Fermentation and maceration in truncated stainless steel vats for 80% of crop. The rest is micro-vinified in 600-litre barrels.|
|Elevage||24 months in oak barrel (75% new oak)|
|Soil Type||Clay over deep limestone|