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2020 Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint-Emilion Grand Cru FUTURES 6 x 750ml

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About the Wine

Premier Grand Cru Classé from Saint-Emilión, a 17th-century castle, great wines made with the heart, spectacular views, and completely modern enology, is how we can begin to explain Château Troplong Mondot.

Located on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, in the magnificent appellation of Saint-Emilion is Château Troplong Mondot, a Château that will take us back to the 17th century. The first owners were the Seze family, they were in charge of the construction of the spectacular castle that can be found today on the property; This castle has a great history and continues to preserve its old roots and architecture, but in 2019 it was modernized and adapted for the total comfort of tourists. An unmissable place!

The Château passed to the hands of Mr. Raymon Troplong, giving the estate its current name. After having gone through different owners, where each one of them contributed to the history of the Château; In 1936 it became the property of the Valette family and it remained that way until 2017. By 1936 Christine Valette took control of the property and achieved great changes in the Château, both in the vineyards and in the cellar, they began to modernize and achieved more quality. These improvements quickly established Château Troplong Mondot as one of the most acclaimed in Saint-Emilion. In fact, this Château belongs to the Grand Crus Classés of the Saint-Emilion Wine Classification.

Château Troplong Mondot has been fortunate to be guided by some of the best winemakers in the world, including Michelle Rolland, Jean-Philippe Fort, Thomas Duclos, and Aymeric de Gironde; The latter is the current Wine Director. Currently, this Château belongs to the French Insurance company SOCR who has also contributed very positive things to the property, and has achieved remarkable growth.

Château Troplong Mondot's nearly 100-acre vineyard is nestled in the enviable terroir of Saint-Emilion. This Château is located at the highest point of the appellation and is made up of limestone and clay soils. The combination of its nearly perfect terroir results in frank, balanced and very elegant wines. In other words, Extraordinary!

 

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This is a BHW Direct Import/Ex-Chateau item.This is a futures item that is expected to deliver in 2023. 

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Reviews

This has superb depth and intensity with very fine tannins that draw you down. So much black fruit, together with black pepper and salt. Extremely well crafted. Vertical and deep. Chalky and salty with black chocolate. ~98-99 James Suckling

I’d wager the finest vintage here since the 2015, then the 2009, the 2020 Château Troplong Mondot is a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc. It offers a dense purple hue as well as powerful, unevolved aromas and flavors of pure crème de cassis, black cherries, graphite, gravelly earth, and tobacco. Coming from the highest elevation vineyard in the appellation and deeper, clay soils (which excelled in 2020), it’s medium to full-bodied and has a dense, thick mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. It’s not for the instant gratification crowd out there, but it’s going to be incredibly long-lived. Hats off to the team at Troplong Mondot as well as oenologist Thomas Duclos. ~96-98 Jeb Dunnuck

The 2020 Troplong Mondot is composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 4th September and lasting for about three weeks. The pH is 3.53, the IPT (tannin index) is 75 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Opaque purple-black colored, it opens with a vivacious burst of black fruits—stewed plums, baked blackberries and boysenberries—giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of licorice, ground cloves, cinnamon stick and lilacs, with a touch of bouquet garni. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of plump, juicy black fruits and savory sparks, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and opulent. ~95-97+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Inky in colour, this is utterly gorgeous, so much purity and definition on the nose. Things start out intense, with crushing tannins, then it steps up and back, with a delicate but juicy slate and crushed rock minerality flooding in. Great physicality, with a push and pull that goes from power to lightness of touch. I assume it will gain a little more weight over ageing, but this is exceptionally well controlled. Crushed blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, with chalky tannins and savoury Cabernet florals. 60% new oak. 3.53pH. The new cellar will be used for vinification from the 2021 vintage, with this vintage aged in the new barrel cellars. No malolactic fermentation in barrel since the 2019 vintage. Just 2mm of rain in July and 30mm in August but the deep clay-limestones at Troplong kept their freshness, and there were no blockages in ripening. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044 ~97 Decanter

The 2020 Troplong Mondot was tasted from two samples, both directly from the estate, but with two prelèvements because Aymeric de Gironde was not content with the showing of the first. Indeed, the second, which was tasted the following day (yes, bottles arrived quickly) did show slightly better, even if there was not an enormous difference. It has a deep garnet hue, yet the nose is initially backward and demands about an hour to really open and say what it wants to say. The nuanced bouquet features a mixture of red and black fruit, touches of iris flower, sea spray and a touch of Earl Grey. This is typical of the more elegant, terroir-driven style introduced under Aymeric de Gironde. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit, cranberry and raspberry mixed with truffle and a pinch of sea salt. The acidity is well judged and it conveys palpable energy on the finish. This is a delicious and characterful Saint-Émilion, fresh and vibrant, that will fill out and gain depth during its barrel maturation. Excellent. ~94-96 Neal Martin, Vinous Media