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CHÂTEAU TROPLONG MONDOT

2016 Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion

Grapes Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Merlot
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Saint Emilion & Satellites
Village Saint Emilion
Classification Grand Cru Classé
ABV 15%

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc. Very deep colour, syrupy look. A nose of ripeness of red and black fruit, harmonious, gourmand. Thick and rich, yet balanced, retaining freshness. Pure. Surprisingly elegant on the acidity which rounds off this extreme ripe impression. Drinking range: 2030 - 2050 Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2017)


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The 2016 Troplong Mondot is one of the few Saint Émilion wines to come across as rather overripe on the nose, where prunes and dates infuse the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with dusty black fruit, firm and dense, and a grippy, solid finish. Pavie-Macquin? It comes across brutish at the moment, but it does have the potential to age. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Aug 2020)

Coming from one of the coolest terroirs in Saint-Emilion, the 2016 Château Troplong Mondot is a blend of 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc brought up in 77% new French oak. This deep purple-hued effort offers a smorgasbord of powerful blue and black fruits, smoked earth, truffle, chocolate, and licorice. Full-bodied, deep, and opulent on the palate, it’s a truly great wine as well as one of the superstars in 2016. It should drink well for upwards of three decades. Drinking range: 2019 - 2049Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Mar 2019)

The 2016 Troplong-Mondot is a blend of 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc cropped at 48 hectoliters per hectare between 3-27 October, matured in 77% new oak. It has a decadent bouquet that seems to carry more alcohol than its peers, very pure and floral and miraculously managing to maintain satisfying delineation. The palate is underpinned by enormous tannins! This is a massive Troplong Mondot that is very dense and sinewy, a bit of a "bruiser" in its infancy. It exerts a vice-like grip in the mouth with layers of fruit laced with black pepper on the prolonged finish. What's the Spinal Tap quote about turning everything up to eleven? This is a Saint Emilion that will either transform into a legend or will topple over by the sheer weight of the tannins, which is why I gave a slightly enlarged banded score. I'll be fascinated to re-taste this in bottle. Drinking range: 2024 - 2045 Rating: 93-96 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Apr 2017)

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