Château La Mondotte, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2005

  Château La Mondotte

Château La Mondotte, St Emilion Grand Cru

Fewer than 1,000 cases of this garage wine will be made in 2005, as the fruit was cropped at only 20hl/ha. The blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, all of which was picked on three days in late September and early October, will see 100% new oak. There is red and black berry fruit on the nose and plenty of freshness on the palate, good depth and polished elegance.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Mondotte

Stephan von Neipperg’s La Mondotte is possibly the ultimate `garagist` wine. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, produced from a 4.5 hectare vineyard planted with 50+ year old vines. The vineyards are next to Troplong Mondot, a very favourable, fast draining, well exposed site known for early maturation.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.