A Generous and Refined Chateau Troplong Mondot
A Premier Grand Cru Classe B, Chateau Troplong Mondot is today considered one of the most prestigious properties of the Right Bank in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation of Bordeaux.
Chateau Troplong Mondot 2012 is made from a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc from the superb clay-limestone soils of the Saint-Emilion plateau at the top of the Mondot Hill, across from Pavie.
The product of a late and very demanding vintage, the Chateau Troplong Mondot 2012 is surprisingly beautiful. At the tasting, this wine displays a deep red color, which is almost black. On the nose, the power and aromatic complexity are characterized by generous notes, evoking cherry liqueur, sumptuous chocolate and toasted notes of coffee. On the palate, the attack is frank and full-bodied, offering a great complexity of flavors, coupled with a creamy mouthfeel and grand scale. This wine offers a nice density, highly concentrated with tannins perfect for a long aging in the bottle, firm but with a very fine grain. A superb Saint-Emilion - complex, rich and dense.
Parker : 96 / 100
J. Suckling : 94 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2012 is another truly great wine from Troplong Mondot. It's always sentimental to taste this wine, realizing that proprietress Christine Valette (the larger-than-life heart and soul behind this estate) has passed away. She was one of the bright, shining stars of Bordeaux. Nevertheless, her legacy is certainly well-established, and the quality of this wine is beyond reproach. Inky bluish purple, its great notes of cassis, blackberry, licorice are followed by a full-bodied, opulently textured wine with stunning concentration, purity and overall balance. It should drink well for 20-25 years and turn out to be one of the great superstars of 2012. Their 63-acre vineyard was cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare, producing a final blend of 90% Merlot and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.2% alcohol.