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Château Troplong Mondot 2018
Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé B
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Château Troplong Mondot
Figuring among the spearheads of the Saint-Emilion appellation, Château Troplong-Mondot stands as a model, with the quality of its wines born above all through passion. Established on the highest point of the appellation, it was initially called Château Mondot and belonged to Romain Desèze, defender of King Louis XVI. It was later owned by Raymond Troplong, a lawyer and politician, who acquired it in 1850 and gave it its final name.
The Success Story of Troplong-Mondot is unquestionably linked to the Valette family, merchants at Bordeaux, who bought it in the 1920s. Starting in the 1980s, Christine Valette-Pariente and her husband Xavier Paliente guided Domaine to excellence, placing it in the pantheon of great wines.
The Domaine is now owned by the SCOR Group since 2017, with Aymeric de Gironde taking the reins as general manager, wanting to make Troplong-Mondot one of the greatest wines on the international wine scene.
It was during the revision of the Saint-Emilion classification in 2006 that Château Troplong-Mondot was crowned Premier Grand Cru Classé, a position it has held ever since.
The Château Troplong-Mondot reigns over a 33-hectare vineyard that benefits from ideal geological conditions, thanks to clays and flints that enter into the composition of the soils, as well as limestone and silty clays. The grape varieties are 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wines are aged for 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 75 to 80% of which are new.
Mondot is the Second wine produced by the property.
The Château Troplong-Mondot cultivates precision and complexity in its wines. They are intended to be elegant, racy and have great aromatic persistence.
Critics Château Troplong Mondot 2018.
Description Château Troplong Mondot 2018.
The 2018 vintage is a great wine year in Bordeaux. It is characterized by two very distinct climatic periods: a wet start to the season and a second particularly dry period from July. The vines thus took advantage of these conditions and by the end of September, the grapes were very concentrated with thick skins. The plots of Château Troplong-Mondot were all harvested at their optimum maturity.
Blend of the 2018 vintage: 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc.
The robe is a beautiful deep red color, with brilliant purple highlights.
The nose reveals a very expressive bouquet of black fruits, blackcurrant and blueberry, peppery spices, cocoa and violet.
On the palate, it is ample and shows a meticulous touch, releasing flavors of small red fruits and licorice. Its tannic structure gives it precision and elegance, making it rise in power and freshness to a complex finish. A great success for this illustrious property.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Troplong-Mondot 2018 will be wonderful with beef Wellington with black garlic, wild boar leg confit, duck breast Rossini, grilled leg of lamb or Mughal curry with mutton.
For an agreement with cheeses, privilege those with pressed and uncooked paste: cantal, old mimolette, morbier, saint-nectaire and tomme of Savoy. It can also be enjoyed with Brie de Meaux, Gouda or Salers.
It will be particularly delicious with a crunchy three-chocolate entremet, a pear-caramel cake or a chocolate bavarois.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château Troplong-Mondot 2018 has great ageing potential, and will reach its peak between 2035 and 2040.
However, it lends itself wonderfully to tasting now. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open it and decant it at least 4 to 5 hours before tasting.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.