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2013 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé

The 2013 primeur campaign has been overshadowed by the death, at only 57, of Troplong's 'chatelaine', Christine Valette-Pariente who did so much to push this property to the extraordinary heights since she took over in 1981. This, sadly, is not one of the more memorable ones. It has the trademark deep, dark colour and density, but it is very, very dry, and showing oak to the fore. It is arguable that the fruit does stay to the end, but at the moment it is hard to imagine this giving much pleasure. 2019-2026 Rating: 87-88 L&S (Apr 2014)

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The nose is seductive: lush and chocolatey, with powerful black cherry and assertive oak. Rich and velvety, this certainly as admirable concentration, good structure and a lively finish. It misses greatness by being a touch hollow and lacking some persistence. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 Rating: 92 Stephen Brook, (Oct 2016)

Full-bodied and atypically rich and concentrated for a 2013, it boasts beautiful blueberry and creme de cassis fruit as well as underlying chalky minerality, and good richness and concentration. It is a noteworthy homage to Christine Vallete’s brilliant efforts at Troplong Mondot, which resulted in the elevation of this estate in the 2012 St.-Emilion classification. It can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. It has been less than six months since the irrepressible and brilliant Christine Vallette passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. I must confess that tasting at Troplong Mondot was a powerful emotional experience. However, the 2013 is clearly one of the stars of the vintage. 2014-2029 Rating: 92-94 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Aug 2014)

Good full ruby. Rather full-blown aromas of raspberry, truffle and underbrush are accompanied by strong notes of menthol and charred oak. Sweet, broad and fresh, this Saint-Emilion boasts a fat middle and juicy dark berry flavors but the building tannins show a slightly dry edge. Rating: 86-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website (May 2014)

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