CHATEAU TROPLONG MONDOT Grand Cru 2020 Wooden Case x 3 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | France | Bordeaux | Saint-Émilion | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Château Troplong Mondot is a St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé property that has in the last decade been producing wines that are the equal of many 1er Grand Cru Classé estates. Its handsome château dates back to 1745 and Troplong-Mondot was originally part of one sizeable domaine which included the vineyards of Château Pavie. It became autonomous in 1850 when it was acquired by Raymond Troplong. Later on, it was bought by Alexandre Valette and today it is owned and run by his great-granddaughter, Christine and her husband Xavier Pariente.
Troplong Mondot has 30 hectares of vineyards well-sited alongside the hill of Mondot to the north-east of the St-Emilion appellation. The soils are rich in limestone clay and are planted with Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). The grapes are hand-harvested and then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged in oak barriques (75% new) for 18 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
Guru oenologist Michel Rolland has been a consultant at Troplong Mondot since the mid 1980s.
THE WINE ADVOCATE (95 - 97)+ points
Drink Date: 2026 - 2052
Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date: 20th May 2021, Source: May 2021 Week 3, The Wine Advocate
"The 2020 Troplong Mondot is composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 4th September and lasting for about three weeks. The pH is 3.53, the IPT (tannin index) is 75 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Opaque purple-black colored, it opens with a vivacious burst of black fruits—stewed plums, baked blackberries and boysenberries—giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of licorice, ground cloves, cinnamon stick and lilacs, with a touch of bouquet garni. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of plump, juicy black fruits and savory sparks, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and opulent.
“Our limestone and clay soils really did their job of capturing the moisture in the winter,” said Aymeric de Gironde, winemaker at Troplong Mondot. “In the center, we have the clay soils with large stones and flint. This is what I call the freebie—the core of the vineyard around the water tower—where you get all that generosity for free, lots of power and structure. Then you have the outskirts, which has a limestone subsoil. The limestone and earlier harvest give a minerality, with the silkiness of the tannins. We are looking for a very round and deep wine, but also very dynamic.
Harvest was very warm. So, we really had to adjust what we did. We only harvested in the early morning. In the winery, we have built a cool room to store the grapes about a day and a half before we ferment. We immediately bring them down to about five degrees. We managed this year to have quite a long cold maceration—averaging about 10 days, but some tanks were pushed to 15 days. Then the fermentation went very fast—one of the fastest and most efficient we’ve had. Also, as in 2019, we didn’t do any malolactic in barrels in 2020—only in tanks. This brings a bit more purity to the wines. Then you can blend the plots more easily, with greater clarity.”
Not without its challenges, 2020 was a great vintage to continue the upward trajectory and unveiling of the new expression of this very special site at Troplong Mondot—and what an exhilarating ride this is!"
JAMES SUCKLING 98-99 Points
22 Apr, 2021 – "This has superb depth and intensity with very fine tannins that draw you down. So much black fruit, together with black pepper and salt. Extremely well crafted. Vertical and deep. Chalky and salty with black chocolate."
DECANTER 97 points
Tasted by Jane Anson(at Primeur week tastings in Bordeaux, 01 May 2021)
Part of Best St-Emilion 2020 wines tasted en primeur
"Inky in colour, this is utterly gorgeous, so much purity and definition on the nose. Things start out intense, with crushing tannins, then it steps up and back, with a delicate but juicy slate and crushed rock minerality flooding in. Great physicality, with a push and pull that goes from power to lightness of touch. I assume it will gain a little more weight over ageing, but this is exceptionally well controlled. Crushed blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, with chalky tannins and savoury Cabernet florals. 60% new oak. 3.53pH. The new cellar will be used for vinification from the 2021 vintage, with this vintage aged in the new barrel cellars. No malolactic fermentation in barrel since the 2019 vintage. Just 2mm of rain in July and 30mm in August but the deep clay-limestones at Troplong kept their freshness, and there were no blockages in ripening. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044."
JANCIS ROBINSON 18 points
Drink: 2030 - 2050
Cask sample. "Incredibly youthful, still with that slight paint aroma of fermentation. Ultra-smooth, modern and luscious. Dark chocolate, black cherry and even a bit of fig on the finish. This is high-octane stuff, but well balanced, and not brash."
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