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Chateau Troplong Mondot - St Emilion 1st Grand Cru 2016


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This is stunning. Troplong never has trouble conjuring up wonderfully rich fruit, but here it is plump and dense without being pumped up. The tannins are chewy rather than chalky, but the elegance of the vintage is unmistakable, and the rich chocolate flavours are dusted with mint. There is a very pretty salinity on the finish that lasts for minutes. I had a fascinating visit here at the start of the week, and retasted several times as this is a wine that I sometimes have trouble understanding. My main takeout is that the majority of the richness here is found naturally in the terroir – limestone on the plateau but with cool clay over the top, which explains why they are such late harvesters. But there are always winemaking and viticultural choices coming into play in any wine, and here there are adjustments being made to bring out a more finely wrought version of what is always a high impact and successful wine. Yields are higher this year, up at 48hl/ha, which helps, as does the style of the vintage and quieter extraction in the cellar, but Troplong remains true to itself. Jeb Dunnuck: 97Pts; James Suckling: 96Pts; Vinous: 96Pts; Decanter: 95Pts; Robert Parker: 95Pts; Wine Spectator: 95Pts; Wine Enthusisast: 94Pts; Stephane Tanzer: 93Pts


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Chateau Troplong Mondot




Red wine

Grape Variety:

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc



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Saint-Emilion’s first Grand Cru Classe, Chateau Troplong Mondot distinguishes itself with elegance by the identity of its wine, its mastery of the vineyard cultivated like a garden and its way of welcoming to the property. Established on the highest point of the appellation, this 33-hectare on a single bloc benefits from exposure and ideal geological conditions. The unique diversity of its soils is revealed through powerful and elegant wines, complex and precise. The story of Troplong Mondot was enpowered by charismatic personalities who lead the vineyard towards excellence with a singular vision. Since 2017, Aymeric de Gironde brings a new breath, while respecting the values and spirit of the place.

The elevated position of the place gives a part of its soil a unique typicity found in wine and an ideal exposure that offers all types of exposure to the sun. The classic terroir of Saint-Emilion is found there, enriched with fragments of flint, which can not be found anywhere else. The property is 33 hectares and the grape variety is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Thanks to the collaboration with Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, the viticultural techniques are adapted to the peculiarities of each parcel to underline its aromatic identity.

At the tasting, Chateau Troplong Mondot is a balanced wine, powerful and reflects all the typicality of its terroir.

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