CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT
2004 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion
|Grapes||Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
A classic year, with not the greatest maturity in the grapes, says the maitre du chai. Deep colour, pure and quite thick-textured. Nose is pointed and bright, and so is the attack. Dry, very pure but not massively sweet - a smooth cool and suave fruit and tannin with a touch of spice. Dark, curranty, compact and long. Rating: 91 L&S (Apr 2005)
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The ’04 Troplong has a pure bouquet with blackberry, creme de cassis, clove and a touch of liquorices with fine definition. The palate displays dense, slightly oppressive tannins: very forthright and demanding, perhaps banging on the table too hard demanding attention. Still, there is an attractive animally quality coming through on the finish and it has good length. Fine. Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Nov 2010)
Another terrific effort from charming proprietress Christine Valette, the dense blue/purple-hued 2004 Troplong Mondot displays a striking nose of acacia flowers intermixed with crushed rocks, black currants, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries. This layered, structured, backward, but enormously well-endowed 2004 is a marvelous demonstration of how to produce an elegant as well as substantially flavored wine. It will need 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep until 2020. Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2005)
Floral, with aromas of blackberry, plum and toasted oak. Full-bodied and chewy, with slightly extracted tannins that should come around in the bottle. A chunky wine. 10,000 cases made. Rating: 89-91 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (Apr 2005)
Château Troplong Mondot
Château Troplong Mondot sits at the top of Mondot, the escarpment to the east of Saint Emilion which gives magnificent views over the vineyards and the Dordogne, neighbouring Château Pavie (which was once part of the estate). Troplong Mondot is one of the biggest and most famous of the Saint Emilion Grand Crus. The impressive château dates back to 1745 and was built by the Abbé de Séze and gained the name Troplong from Raymond Troplong, a previous owner, who was a former president of the French Senate. The vineyards of Château Troplong Mondot cover 74 acres and lie on limestone and clay with patches of flint and some of the vines are over 90 years old. The grapes grown are 80% Merlot, 105 Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. Troplong Mondot's wines are full bodied, fruit driven and a bluish purple colour. They have notes of blackcurrant, coffee, earth, vanilla, pepper and plum. They are rich, dense, well structured and classic wines which age gracefully and should be cellared.
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