One of my favourite wines in the whole world. Troplong-Mondot St-Emilion has only really been on the radar in recent times. Infamously the vineyards of this estate used to encompass the land that is now the ultra famous Pavie. 33 hectare on the limestone plateau in the most celebrated part of the appellation. The vineyard blend is 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The wines here are beautifully aromatic and lush with refreshing acidity underneath. A pretty example of St-Emilion.
“Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I-m not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades.” Score: 99 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (205), March 2013.
With approximately 5400 hectare planted it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol the wines are Merlot dominant. Offering the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines. And often cost two or three times more.
Not a lot of love for this hard working grape. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines. Adding structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
Largely over looked after the amazing 2009s. Is this better than 2000, 2005, 2009? Is it more like the famous vintages to follow up the greats such as 1996 and 2001? All I know is that after tasting the first shipment of 2010s my customers requested a second tasting and fast. See Decanters notes of the vintage here.