Tasting Notes: Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2006 Troplong-Mondot is deep in color with minimal ageing on the rim. The bouquet is rich and generous with mulberry, Hoi Sin, orange blossom and melted tar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, generous black pepper and graphite notes cutting through the dense black fruit, leading to an engaging, tensile, graphite and tobacco-driven finish that exerts both body and length. It still has that slight stockiness, but that is something I like. I have always found much to admire in this vintage of Troplong-Mondot and it continues to give so much pleasure. Tasted December 2016.
Chateau Troplong Mondot has a long and colorful history in St. Emilion that dates back to the 17th century. In those days, what we know as Troplong Mondot was the property of Abbe Raymond de Seze. It was de Seze, who created the beautiful chateau that remains at Troplong Mondot today. Christine Valette began to manage the property starting in 1980. Running Chateau Troplong Mondot has always been a family affair. Once Christine Valette took over the management of Chateau Troplong Mondot, things quickly changed for the better.
Chateau Troplong Mondot has been ably managed by Xavier Pariente who has been involved with the estate since 2002. In July 2017, Chateau Troplong Mondot was sold to the French Insurance Company, SOCR for the then record setting price of 7 Million Euros per hectare.
The terroir consists of deep limestone deposits under layers of thick clay soil. There are also sedimentary fragments of flint and limestone in the soil. You find the rocks, flint and stones centered in the vineyard. The remainder of the terroir is more rich clay and limestone. The average age of the vines is about 30 years. But there are old vines that are close to 100 years old, located near the barrel room at the top of the slopes. Their oldest vines were planted in 1926. They also have other old vines planted in 1947 and 1948.
Over the years, the cellars have enjoyed extensive modernization. The vineyard has been restructured and today, 33% of the vines are farmed using organic farming techniques including the use of horses. In 2006 Chateau Troplong Mondot was awarded their well deserved promotion to Premier Grand Cru Classé B status, which was upheld in the recent 2012 St. Emilion classification.
Due to their unique, cooler terroir on the top of the slopes, with large deposits of clay, Troplong Mondot is often one of the last, St. Emilion vineyards to be harvested.
Chateau Troplong Mondot offers a unique style. It’s thick and rich in the mouth, but never heavy. The sensuous wine offers scents of dark plums, licorice, blackberries, coffee, spice, dark cherries, stone, chocolate, flowers and blackberry liqueur. More sensuous than elegant on the palate, there is an intensity of flavors, coupled with the ability to age and evolve.
Grape varietiesMerlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine certification: AOC
Producer: Chateau Troplong Mondot
Classification: 1er grand cru classé "B"