2019 Château Troplong-Mondot, St-Émilion, 1er Grand Cru Classé B – En Primeur is now available.
Ch. Troplong Mondot is a St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B estate with a history stretching back to 1745 and was originally part of a larger estate that incorporated the vineyards that now belong to Chateau Pavie. In 2017 the estate was sold to French insurance firm SOCR for €7 million per hectare (€2-4 million had been the norm previously, suggesting how highly prized the terroir here is). Troplong Mondot have 37 hectares of vineyards, with 85% planted to Merlot and the remainder comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Clear salinity, this grips with a dual character of seduction alongside precision. Estate signature in that it has coiled power with its berry fruits and cocoa notes, with a chalky depth to the tannins reflecting the clay and limestone soils. Complex and rich, but conserving its energy. The hidden power is perhaps the biggest difference with the old Troplong pre-2017, when they were happy to show the power right from the start. There are a lot of layers going on here, real complexity that is in no hurry to reveal itself. A creaminess comes in as the texture widens and softens. High alcohol despite earlier picking dates, because the terroir is the boss here! 3.55pH, tannin index of 70IPT. Thomas Duclos consultant. Drinking Window 2028 – 2044. – 96 Points, Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.