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2020 Troplong Mondot

By Chateau Troplong Mondot

2020 Troplong Mondot from Chateau Troplong Mondot, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

In the pantheon of Bordeaux excellence, the 2020 Troplong Mondot from Chateau Troplong Mondot stands as a testament to the resilience and brilliance of the Saint-Emilion appellation. This particular vintage emerges from a year marked by climatic challenges, yet it transcends these to offer a portrait of a wine imbued with both power and elegance.

 

Vintage Vicissitudes: Crafting Excellence

The year 2020 unfurled a tapestry of weather patterns that tested the mettle of vintners across Bordeaux. Yet, under these conditions, Troplong Mondot has conjured a wine of remarkable balance. Precision, concentration and deft application of winemaking savoir-faire have yielded a vintage characterised by an arresting combination of ripe, dark fruit and an undercurrent of minerality—a signature footprint of its illustrious terroir.

The intricate dance between Mother Nature's whims and the winemaker's ingenuity is palpable in every sip of this nectar. Notes of black cherry and plum are interlaced with hints of licorice and subtle oak influences on the palate, harkening to a structured yet layered complexity that promises maturation potential.

 

A Nascent Titan Amongst Investors

For fine wine investors, the allure of the 2020 Troplong Mondot lies in its nascent promise—a canvas still veiled in youthful vibrancy, hinting at an extraordinary future. As the wine settles into its evolution, there's ample anticipation for how its intrinsic qualities will unfurl over time, particularly given its bloodline from one of Saint-Emilion's most illustrious estates.

The cultivation of investment-grade wine necessitates forethought akin to nurturing vines through unpredictable seasons; the 2020 offering from Chateau Troplong Mondot represents a remarkable candidate for such discernment. It is a confluence where viticultural tenacity meets enological precision—a profile that astute collectors will recognise as one with significant ageing potential and consequent returns on investment.

Bringing together my four-decade journey through Bordeaux's vinous heritage, it is my conviction that this young vintage stands poised for greatness. The 2020 Troplong Mondot carries whispers of future tales—to be retold when its depth and character have fully blossomed—making it a distinguished contender in any fine wine portfolio.

Current market price

$1,301.48

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

48.88

Scores and tasting notes

95-97

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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 20 May 2021

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