2012 Chateau Troplong-Mondot
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $87.94 (reg. $99.94)
Right Bank Bordeaux fans, you’ll want a piece of this! The 2012 Troplong Mondot is a highly-rated and undervalued vintage from one of Saint Emilion’s Premier Grand Cru Classé.
Occupying prime Saint Emilion terroir, Troplong Mondot is a firm favorite among those in the know. The vineyard lies at a relatively high vantage point atop the Plateau of Mondot, adjacent to the celebrated Côte Pavie. Its neighbors include the likes of Pavie, Pavie-Macquin and Larcis-Ducasse, and it regularly performs at the highest level. Per Robert Parker, the property is “on a mission to produce exquisite world-class wines with enormous aging potential.”
The success of Troplong Mondot today owes a lot to the late Christine Valette, longtime proprietor at the estate. According to Michel Rolland, “Troplong existed before Christine, but it became synonymous with her. She was responsible for all the successes that it has achieved in recent years.” Madame Valette was known to run the estate “with impeccable attention to detail” per Parker, and the results were clear: The property’s 2005 Grand Vin scored a perfect 100 points per the Wine Advocate, and the back-to-back 99-point scores in 2009 and 2010 demonstrated that this was by no means a fluke. Perhaps Madame Valette’s greatest achievement of all was seeing her estate promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé level.
Antonio Galloni says that in 2012 the Right Bank was “home to numerous wines that overachieve the average level of vintage." Case in point is the 2012 Troplong Mondot, “clearly one of the wines of the vintage," per Galloni. He calls it “a heady, sensual Saint-Emilion that hits all the right notes.” Parker echoes those sentiments, deeming it a “truly great wine” that “should drink well for 20-25 years and turn out to be one of the great superstars of 2012.”
The 2012 Troplong Mondot is starting to drink well now, though you can cellar this with confidence for another 20+ years at least. From "one of St.-Emilion's most noteworthy overachievers" per Parker, this tour-de-force combination of power, structure and freshness will be a welcome addition to the collection of any Bordeaux enthusiast. Cheers!