Troplong Mondot 2001
Tasting Notes Troplong Mondot 2001
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year On horizontal. This has a dark garnet core with a youthful ruby rim. The nose is rich and generous with raspberry coulis, sloes, fresh fig and just a touch of Hoi Sin sauce. One feels that it is on the tipping point of primal into secondary aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of burnt toast on the entry, very harmonious with a leafy Cabernet Franc component starting to deliver. Nicely balanced with a slight salt tang towards the finish and a peppery aftertaste, this is a Saint Emilion '01 full of character and charm. Tasted March 2011.
This estate continues to merit substantial praise. Let's hope in the upcoming revised Classification of the Wines of St.-Emilion, Troplong Mondot merits elevation to Premier Grand Cru Classe, which it has deserved for some time. Not far off the pace of the spectacular 2000, the 2001 is performing even better from bottle than it was from cask. A gorgeous perfume of plum jam, creme de cassis, flowers, licorice, black fruits, a hint of graphite, and well-integrated wood notes is followed by a medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion with superb texture, great flavor purity, and tremendous harmony as well as elegance. Remarkably approachable despite its impressive concentration and well-concealed tannin, this is a beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2017.