The opulence and depth of a great Saint-Emilion wine
As a prestigious estate on the Right Bank, Chateau Troplong Mondot is one of those emblematic names that make the picturesque vineyards of Saint-Emilion a benchmark in the world today.
Chateau Troplong Mondot's great wine, its Chateau Troplong Mondot 2008, is a First Great Classified Growth B and produced in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. It is a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2008 vintage was marked by exceptional weather conditions with mild temperatures in the summer that preserved the aromatic intensity of the berries and then followed by a gradual and optimal ripening of the grapes in September and October. It was an unusual year with the harvest taking place in mid-October, and then the last plot of Cabernet Sauvignon being harvested in November. This is something that has never happened in 20 years! The 2008 vintage is special for Chateau Troplong Mondot since the estate made first use of its new vat room consisting of small temperature-controlled truncated vats that facilitates tailor-made micro-vinification of vineyard parcels
Chateau Troplong Mondot 2008 reveals a deep red color with great intensity. On the nose, it is a surprising wine with a complex olfactory palette that evolves with ripe black fruit, tasty bitter cocoa and licorice notes, and hints of anise. The oak aging brings light spicy notes without hiding the purity of the fruit nor the typical minerality of Saint-Emilion’s clay-limestone soil. On the palate, the wine reveals great opulence both for taste and texture. The olfactory notes are confirmed on the palate through the delicacy of ripe black fruit and the hints of licorice on the finish. A complex and powerful wine ready to be appreciated now, and will peak from 2025 to 2030.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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!