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Château Troplong Mondot




St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Troplong Mondot, 1er Grand Cru Classé, St Emilion, 2020

6x75cl £432.00

5 cases Equiv. £72.00 per bottle

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Tasting Note:

Our first sample caused a bit of disagreement in the ranks. Some thought it was oxidised, others felt it was the result of late harvesting and overblown fruit. The latter is something Aymeric de Gironde and Thomas Duclos would want to distance themselves from. Gone are those days at Troplong; now it’s all about early harvesting and freshness. We requested a second sample and alas it was a similar story. It reminded us of the old days of Parkerised St Emilion. That said, on the palate, there is some admirable purity and lots of plush, fleshy fruit. Maybe it’ll be a case of third time lucky!

"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." 97/100 - Janes Anson, Decanter.com

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