Bordeaux 2017: Troplong Mondot

Bordeaux 2017: Troplong Mondot
Change is afoot at Troplong Mondot. The supremely talented Aymeric de Gironde is now at the helm and is charting a new course for this superb terroir occupying the highest point on the Cote of St Emilion. These are exciting times. Aymeric shared his vision with us - the aim is to produce wines with finesse and detail and to curb the natural power, tannins and alcohol of the soils. He appears to have cracked it at the first attempt! Dare we say it, there is something akin to Chateau Canon in the precision of the fruit and texture – obviously the terroir is very different and there is something more massive about Troplong – the deep clay here possesses enormous power, but the way the vinifications have been managed is modern Bordeaux winemaking at its best. The fruit is sumptuous and wonderfully textured, the tannins are ripe and seductive, and perhaps the biggest change is the alcohol level – a mere 14.2%. With the new team and philosophy in place it’s only a matter of time before Troplong becomes one of the most desirable names in Bordeaux.


“The 2017 Troplong Mondot is easily one of the wines of the vintage. New CEO Aymeric de Gironde (formerly of Cos d’Estournel) and consulting oenologist Thomas Duclos are masterminding a remarkable new chapter in the life of Troplong Mondot. A major stylistic shift in the direction of freshness and energy has resulted in a positively stunning Troplong Mondot endowed with tremendous depth and vibrant. A rush of black cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice builds as this gorgeous Saint-Émilion shows off its breeding and total class. The blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. 95-98/100”. – Antonio Galloni, vinous.com


“Troplong Mondot saw hardly any frost—less than 10%. The 2017 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up a cedar chest, cinnamon stick and cloves-laced nose with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and preserved plums plus wafts of licorice, violets and sandalwood. Full-bodied, concentrated and sporting a firm frame of velvety tannins, it has a lively line lifting the densely packed fruit, finishing long and on a compelling savory note. 95-97/100”. – The Wine Advocate