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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Château Troplong Mondot

Region:

Bordeaux

Appellation:

St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Troplong Mondot, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2019

Tasting Note:

An intriguing bouquet of spiced plums, damsons, tayberry, black cherries, blossom and earthy minerals leads to a concentrated palate of mineral infused hedgerow fruit, liquorice and clove. This packs quite a punch, broad, with sweet black cherry and graphite, there’s a real savoury character to the fruit, coal dust, salts, molasses, dried fruits, cinnamon and smoky incense. There is some freshness and plenty of energy, but this leaves the taster with an overwhelmingly sense of scale and noir. There’s no doubt that Aymeric de Gironde’s third vintage at Troplong is a large-scale effort with plenty of drama. With aeration, more sweet blue fruit emerges on the mid-palate and notes of dark chocolate dominate the tannins.

"The 2019 Troplong Mondot needs an hour or two to settle and coalesce in the glass. As has been well documented, this is a reconfigured "TM" compared to those a decade ago - less flamboyant and ostentatious. Indeed, once it has shaken off that introspection, it unfurls with mainly black fruit, briary, sous-bois, hints of dark chocolate and mocha, perhaps one of the first Troplongs that I have encountered that is reminiscent of Pomerol. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins. This is beautifully balanced with extremely well judged acidity. Its gentle personality belies the backbone of this Troplong, with touches of white pepper and tobacco toward the cerebral finish. It is a wonderful Saint-Émilion from Aymeric de Gironde and his team, more approachable than the 2018, to be frank, just a wine you are going to want to drink. 2024 - 2050. 95-97/100". - Neal Martin, vinous.com

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