Chateau Troplong Mondot
|Listed Wines||Troplong Mondot|
|Owner||Christine and Xavier Pariente|
|Annual Production (Grand Vin)||7,000 cases|
|Classification||Premier Grands Crus Classe ‘B’|
|Interesting Fact||In the first edition of Cocks Feret of 1868, Troplong Mondot was listed as the second finest winery in all of Saint-Emilion.|
The Parientes have shown themselves to be canny managers and it is thanks to their hard work and shrewd business sense that Troplong Mondot has grown in renown and international stature. Their winegrowing approach supported by the esteemed Michel Rolland has seen a great rise in quality of the Grand Vin over recent years- revealed in their amazing RPJ point average of 96 over the last 5 physical vintages.
At the same time, the Parientes have not succumbed to the Bordeaux peer pressure of release price inflation which has been rife over recent years and Troplong Mondot is currently available at the modest price of £81 per bottle. If we compare this to an estate like Chateau Canon, which though equal in rank (having held the Grand Cru Classe ‘B’ rank since it entered the Classification in 1969), has a weaker recent track record (an average of 5 critic points weaker than Troplong Mondot over the last 5 physical vintages).
Thus we would expect to see strong growth for Troplong Mondot as the full effect of its promotion, which was only properly confirmed in 2012, impact upon the market and reflect a wine that in terms of quality is outperforming many within its new classification and yet commanding only a modest price.
A great feature of Troplong Mondot is that it can be drunk earlier than some of its Saint-Emilion neighbours- displaying tannins but accompanied by rich, luscious fruit early on. A thick, velvety mouthfeel gives way to intense notes of cherries and bramble fruits, liquorice and spice. As noted above, Troplong Mondot has a very strong track record for recent vintages - 96 RPJ-points over the last 5 releases - and of these the standouts have to be the 2005 and 2009, which garnered 99-points each. The 2009 is set to become a historic vintage for wines all over Bordeaux and, given that this was the first official release as a GCCB-ranked estate it is an especially worthwhile investment as well a memento of a watershed moment for a rising estate.
“This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness, thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away, the terroir characteristics and additional nuances will emerge. This blockbuster, fabulous Troplong Mondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. It is not shy either, bouncing over the palate with 15.5% natural alcohol. The 2009 Troplong Mondot will provide plenty of competition for the 2010, 2005 and 2000. It comes closest in style to the prodigious 1990 that proprietress Christine Valette produced 22 years ago. A phenomenal effort, it unquestionably justifies its relatively new Premier Grand Cru St.-Emilion status. Readers should keep in mind that the 1990, which probably has lower acidity and not the level of concentration found in the 2009, is drinking incredibly well at age 22 and reveals no signs of falling apart.”
Robert Parker Jr. 99-points
Troplong Mondot has a history dating back to the 17th century, when it was owned by Abbe Raymond de Seze who constructed the stately chateau that sits on the property today. By the mid-19th century, it had been acquired by Raymond Troplong, who successfully exploited the estate’s fine terroir to its full potential. By this period, the chateau had already earned a superb reputation- it was with pride that Troplong added his name to the estate before selling it on. In 1936 it fell to the Valettes, whose third generation currently own and manage Troplong-Mondot- Christine Valette-Pariente and her husband Xavier. They hired Michel Rolland as consultant oenologist and reversed the slump in quality that befell the estate (and many others in Bordeau) during the 1970s and 1980s.
Some fantastic vintages followed and the chateau, rightfully, became more widely known. In the controversial Saint-Emilion reclassification of 2006, Troplong Mondot was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe ‘B’ status though, a decision upheld in 2012.
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Highest rated vintages for Chateau Troplong Mondot
This estate was justifiably elevated to a Premier Grand Cru Classe in the new St.-Emilion classification thanks to the exceptional efforts of proprietress Christine Valette over the last two decades. The 2005 is one of the monumental wines of the vintage, and may eclipse their prodigious 1990. Inky/blue/purple-colored with an exceptional bouquet of Asian spices, blueberries, blackberries, truffles, cold steel, graphite, and charcoal, it hits the palate with exceptional purity, laser-like precision, a compellingly concentrated, multilayered mouthfeel, a broad, savory texture, terrific acidity, and substantial, but sweet tannins. It lives up to everything it revealed in barrel, and appears set to live for a half century or more. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050.
It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha, chocolate, blackberry and cassis fruit, an unctuous texture, a full-bodied, viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like, multilayered finish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness, thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away, the terroir characteristics and additional nuances will emerge. This blockbuster, fabulous Troplong Mondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. It is not shy either, bouncing over the palate with 15.5% natural alcohol. The 2009 Troplong Mondot will provide plenty of competition for the 2010, 2005 and 2000. It comes closest in style to the prodigious 1990 that proprietress Christine Valette produced 22 years ago. A phenomenal effort, it unquestionably justifies its relatively new Premier Grand Cru St.-Emilion status. Readers should keep in mind that the 1990, which probably has lower acidity and not the level of concentration found in the 2009, is drinking incredibly well at age 22 and reveals no signs of falling apart.
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. An absolutely stunning wine from this estate, which seems to be on a mission to produce exquisite world-class wines with enormous aging potential, the 2010 is showing better from bottle than it even did from barrel.
A fabulous example, the 1990 Troplong Mondot is only equaled by such recent vintages as 2000, 2005, and 2008. The inky/garnet/plum/purple-colored 1990 exhibits notes of coffee, blackberries, licorice, camphor, and espresso. Rich and full-bodied with lavish fruit, high glycerin, low acidity, and stunning purity, it is still several years away from full maturity, and should last for another 10-15 years. Release price: ($425.00/case)
Extremely young with an unbelievable deep purple color, the 2000 Troplong Mondot has hardly budged since I tasted it in 2003. Two recent tastings confirmed that this is the greatest Troplong Mondot between their profound 1990 and more recent vintages such as 2005, 2008, and 2009. Copious chocolate, graphite, blackberry, blueberry, cassis, and ink characteristics are present in this full-bodied, powerful, massive St.-Emilion. While the tannins are noticeable, they are better integrated than they were seven years ago, and the fruit, extract, and richness clearly outweigh the wine's structure. This 2000 will benefit from another 4-5 years of cellaring (longer than I originally predicted), and has at least two decades of drinkability ahead of it.
A wine of the vintage candidate in 2008, Troplong Mondot’s offering was produced from yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. A classic blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it offers copious quantities of blue and black fruits, a full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin and a fabulous texture as well as finish. Already drinking beautifully, it will be even better in 2-5 years and should last for 20 years. A great effort for the vintage, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving proprietor, Christine Valette. Bravo!
One of the superstars of the vintage, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as abundant notes of blueberry liqueur, graphite, truffles, acacia flowers and subtle toast. Full-bodied, opulent and already easy to drink, this large-scaled wine possesses high levels of tannin, but they are relatively well-concealed by the extravagant fruit, glycerin, texture and density of this compelling Troplong Mondot. This impressive wine may shut down after bottling and require 4-5 years of cellaring. It has the potential to last at least 15-20 years. Bravo! From a 63-acre vineyard on the high plateau (called the Plateau of Mondot) adjacent to the famous limestone hillside, the Cote Pavie, the 2012 Troplong Mondot is another fabulous success. Cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare with malolactic in barrel, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon hit 14.2% natural alcohol. Three-fourths of the production went into the grand vin.
A very youthful wine that probably will never hit the heights of the 1990 (but how many wines do?), this dense ruby/purple-colored wine has a very pure nose of roasted espresso, black cherry jam, blackberry, mineral, and even a hint of blueberry. Some smoke and high-quality toasty new oak are there, but now that seems to be fading into the background. Quite full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, yet at the same time elegant, this wine still seems very young and unevolved. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Last tasted, 11/02.
The brilliant 2011 Troplong Mondot is one of the superstars of the vintage. The final blend was 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, and the wine tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. Its opaque blue/purple, nearly black color is followed by aromas of blueberry liqueur interwoven with black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, camphor and forest floor. Among the most complete wines of the vintage, with no hollowness, astringency or herbaceousness, this is a tour de force in a challenging vintage. Some tannins are noticeable, but this 2011 is already approachable and should provide delicious, complex drinking over the next two decades. Bravo! It was with great sadness and grief that I learned of proprietor Christine Valette’s passing on March 29, 2014 at entirely too young an age.
Very deep garnet-black. Warm plum, cedar, tobacco and mocha make for a very alluring if somewhat contrasting nose on this young wine. The palate is very tight, with firm, slightly astringent tannins and the faintest touch of bitterness hinting over zealous extraction. This is however a minor point as the wine is wonderfully rich, full bodied and concentrated, and aptly balanced by medium+ acidity. Very long finish. Drink now to 2028. Tasted February 2009.