Chateau Troplong Mondot
Balanced. Wild mineral character and freshness here. Precise
- Bordeaux, France
Troplong has a long history, with the château being founded in 1745 and being family run through 2017. They were also one of the first estates in the area to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis, when 11 new, stainless steel vats were added during the 1980s. These changes began to show in the increased quality of Château Troplong Mondot, which quickly became known as one of the top wines in the Right Bank.
"The 2018 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.56. Deep garnet-purple in color, it begins slowly with bold, bright black raspberries, ripe black plums, fresh blackberries and Morello cherries notes, giving way to underlying scents of tobacco, wild sage, Sichuan pepper, black olives, truffles and Marmite toast with hints of crushed stones and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers wonderfully fresh, energetic black fruit with a downright racy line of freshness (uncommon for this vintage) and firm, rounded tannins, finishing long with lots of mineral, earth and dried herbs layers giving beautiful electric sparks." 93-95+/100, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
"The focus to this wine sets a new standard for Troplong Mondot with density and minerality that I have not encountered for decades. Lots of slate and white-pepper character. Tight and very dense. Full body. Balanced. Wild mineral character and freshness here. Precise." 97-98/100, James Suckling
"This offers a lovely display of boysenberry, cherry and plum fruit, yet stays refined and focused, relying on purity as this glides through. Has weight but feels silky, with a flinty mineral hint adding cut on the finish." 97-98/100, James Molesworth, Wine Spectator