2018 - Ch Troplong Mondot Grand Cru Classé St Emilion
06B8TROP6PK _ 2018 - Ch Troplong Mondot Grand Cru Classé St Emilion - 6x75cl
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Troplong Mondot
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2024 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl

2018 CH TROPLONG MONDOT GRAND CRU CLASSÉ ST EMILION - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Troplong Mondot
Region
St Emilion
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking
2024 - 2036
Case size
6x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2019,
    Score: 94-96

    This small beautifully positioned château overlooking the town of St Emilion is going through a huge personality change under the charismatic management of Aymeric de Gironde. The quality of the terroir and site is of course unchanged, but the style has been considerably toned down. No longer the big powerful wine following the school of extreme extraction, but today we have a wine of poise and pure direction. Bright flavours of bramble crumble. Aymeric picked his grapes noticeably ahead of his neighbours and has produced a very vivid wine, with lines of freshness. As his vines escaped the mildew he had excellent yields of 49 hl/ha making a relaxed, rewarding wine.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2019,
    Score: 94-97

    The 2018 Troplong Mondot is a remarkable wine. All the elements fall into place in a stunning, aromatically intense Troplong Mondot that is full of character. There is a level of precision and vibrancy in the 2018 that is simply breathtaking. Black cherry, raspberry, mocha, flowers, mint and spice all meld together in this captivating, arrestingly beautiful Saint-Émilion. New oak is 60%, with lower toast levels than what was common just a few years ago. The blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2019,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2018 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.56. Deep garnet-purple in color, it begins slowly with bold, bright black raspberries, ripe black plums, fresh blackberries and Morello cherries notes, giving way to underlying scents of tobacco, wild sage, Sichuan pepper, black olives, truffles and Marmite toast with hints of crushed stones and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers wonderfully fresh, energetic black fruit with a downright racy line of freshness (uncommon for this vintage) and firm, rounded tannins, finishing long with lots of mineral, earth and dried herbs layers giving beautiful electric sparks.

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2019,
    Score: 97-98

    The focus to this wine sets a new standard for Troplong Mondot with density and minerality that I have not encountered for decades. Lots of slate and white-pepper character. Tight and very dense. Full body. Balanced. Wild mineral character and freshness here. Precise.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2019,
    Score: 97

    One of the stories of the 2018 vintage in Bordeaux was Troplong Mondot bringing in its first grapes on 7 September. Proof, many suggested, of director Aymeric de Gironde going too far in his quest to rewrite Troplong's powerful style. It certainly made me excited to try this wine, and I hope the sceptics were too, because this is a brilliant Troplong. Oh, and although around 80% of the grapes did come in during those first 10 days, the final harvest date was 10 October. There's clear depth just in the colour alone, and impressive complexity on the nose. There's still a whole lot of Troplong strength and concentration here, you can't get away from that with these clay and flint over limestone soils, but now it is softer, with more minerality. The relatively high alcohols are apparent in the texture but not as heat. I love the persistency here, as it drags things out in the most delicious of ways, with a slate and white pepper finish. Of the new vineyards bought (4ha from Clos Labarde and 6ha from Bellisle Mondotte), everything is in the 2nd wine Troplong this year. The château will probably ask for some sections to be included in the first wine of Troplong Mondot in the next classification in 2022. 3.56pH. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2027 - 2042

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2019,
    Score: 18+

    This was harvested on 7th September - much earlier than almost everyone in the region. The initial attack is strident with mineral tones leading the way over a core of plum and blackberry and in spite of the richness of the alcohol the fruit is cool, long and honed. They do not toast the barrels here and they cleaned them thoroughly before use so that there is little oak flavour impact and simply an oak influence. This wine has a slippery feel about it and alongside this there is a stony freshness. ‘At the height of the mildew we only lost 20 clusters’, Aymeric de Gironde stated and they worked through the weekends using bio-control, to help the vines protect themselves. The result is the highest yields they can remember at extremely high quality, too. The new regime at Troplong is certainly making impressive wines and this is a striking example.

  • WS

    Wine Spectator, April 2019,
    Score: 95-98

    This offers a lovely display of boysenberry, cherry and plum fruit, yet stays refined and focused, relying on purity as this glides through. Has weight but feels silky, with a flinty mineral hint adding cut on the finish.

  • JH

    Julia Harding, April 2019,
    Score: 17.5

    Glowing purple rim with black core, so glossy. Colour stands out for its incredible brightness – technical director (since Sept 2017) Aymeric de Gironde says this is to do with low sulphur additions. Darker fruited and still a touch floral on the nose. Some stony/mineral notes. Very fine texture, really pure black fruit, chalky (limestone-derived) texture. Great finesse and juicy freshness. Intense fruit but full of energy and brightness. Tight, so much tension from that early harvest even though the fruit is perfectly ripe. Dry finesse and fresh persistence. I think you could enjoy this younger than many wines in this vintage. Drink 2023-2038

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Producer

Château Troplong Mondot

Located on a limestone plateau overlooking Pavie, Troplong Mondot has become one of the most sought after châteaux in all of Bordeaux. It has consistently been making quality wines for years. It is this dedication that has set it apart from some of its flashier peers.

Region

St Emilion

South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.