2013 Château Troplong Mondot (Saint Emilion Grand Cru)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $69.94 (was: $92.94)
Château Troplong Mondot is top-flight Right Bank estate capable of perfection, and its 2013 was “clearly one of the stars of the vintage” per Robert Parker. Given this praise, you can imagine our thrill at getting this for the best price around and at a considerable discount to current releases going for $100+.
Troplong Mondot is as well-situated an estate as you’re likely to find on the Right Bank. From its vantage point (relatively) high on the plateau of Mondot, adjacent to Cote Pavie, it's a stone’s throw from many other top properties: Pavie, Pavie-Macquin, Larcis-Ducasse, and Ausone, to mention just a few.
The estate’s current quality streak, according to Parker and those in the know, began in 1988 “thanks to the exceptional efforts of proprietress Christine Valette.” Per Michel Rolland, long-serving consultant at the property, “Troplong existed before Christine, but it became synonymous with her. She was responsible for all the successes that it has achieved in recent years.”
The late Madame Valette led the estate “with impeccable attention to detail,” and her achievements were many. The 2005 Troplong Mondot received a perfect 100-point Wine Advocate score, and back-to-back 99-point scores in 2009 and 2010 proved that this was no fluke. Most impressive of all was the estate’s promotion to Premier Grand Cru Classé B.
Sadly, Madame Valette’s untimely passing meant that this 2013 was her last vintage at the helm. Per Neal Martin, “it is never easy to appraise the new wine of a proprietor recently deceased, but the late Christine Valette would have been proud of this Troplong Mondot...this is a successful and considered wine...and a testament to Christine Valette.”
The 2013 Troplong Mondot is starting to drink well now, though you can cellar this with confidence for another decade at least. Considering how rare it is to find any vintage from this producer for under $70, this is a seriously savvy buy for any Saint Emilion enthusiast. Cheers!