2009 Troplong-Mondot Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L
  • WA 99
  • WE 97
  • IWC 95
  • WS 92

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WA 99
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha chocolate blackberry and cassis fruit an unctuous texture a full-bodied viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like multilayered finish. This spectacular... It boasts an inky/purple color along with a gorgeous bouquet of mocha chocolate blackberry and cassis fruit an unctuous texture a full-bodied viscous mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like multilayered finish. This spectacular wine is nearly overwhelming in its richness thickness and intensity. Once all its baby fat falls away the terroir characteristics and additional nuances will emerge. This blockbuster fabulous Troplong Mondot will benefit from 10-15 years of cellaring and keep for three decades or more. It is not shy either bouncing over the palate with 15.5% natural alcohol.
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2012
A very concentrated wine with such a stylish feel. It balances ripe berry fruits with chocolate and wood flavors in the richest ripest combination. The wine has power without losing its poised character. It's ready for... A very concentrated wine with such a stylish feel. It balances ripe berry fruits with chocolate and wood flavors in the richest ripest combination. The wine has power without losing its poised character. It's ready for long aging. R.V.
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 2012
(15.5% alcohol on the label!): Saturated medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis coffee mocha and licorice pastille. Hugely dense but fine-grained offering a liqueur-like exotic sweetness to its superripe dark fruit and... (15.5% alcohol on the label!): Saturated medium ruby. Enticing aromas of cassis coffee mocha and licorice pastille. Hugely dense but fine-grained offering a liqueur-like exotic sweetness to its superripe dark fruit and chocolate flavors. For all its richness and baby fat the wine's chalky underpinning prevents it from coming off as monolithic. Perhaps most impressive on the broad extremely long palate-staining finish which features a boatload of ripe tannins and repeating sexy oak tones. This outstanding Troplong-Mondot should drink well for the next 25 years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2012
Very dark with strong pastis-soaked blackberry and roasted plum notes leading the way with layers of sweet spice mocha and tobacco filling in on the finish. Rather lush and perhaps a touch too roasted in style for some... Very dark with strong pastis-soaked blackberry and roasted plum notes leading the way with layers of sweet spice mocha and tobacco filling in on the finish. Rather lush and perhaps a touch too roasted in style for some folks with enough just grip to keep it going. Best from 2013 through 2024. Tasted twice with consistent notes. 6288 cases made. -JM
JJB 97
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, January 2012
80% merlot 10% each cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Opaque at the core with small purple rim. Not simple at all the bouquet shows deeply concentrated aromas of sweet earth and infused fruits along with cocoa powder... 80% merlot 10% each cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Opaque at the core with small purple rim. Not simple at all the bouquet shows deeply concentrated aromas of sweet earth and infused fruits along with cocoa powder and vanilla. Balanced and restrained on the palate the fruit shows ripeness but avoids overly jammy or viscous texture thanks to well-integrated acidity. Finishes long and elegant with spice and minerals infusing the fruit weight at the backpalate. This wine has generated considerable controversy because of its alcohol levels. And while there is certainly some ripe fruit to be found here this is not a flabby fruit bomb. Rather the wine clearly shows its specific terroir highlighting a taut linear profile along with a distinct graphite mineral component that is unique to the Chateau. It will be interesting to watch this wine mature over the next 30 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2009

Label

Chateau Troplong-Mondot is grown on extensive vineyards rich in limestone and clay soils. Powerful and well-structured with pronounced complex tannins, its deep aromas of truffles and blackberries develop over time.

The grapes are hand-harvested, totally destemmed, and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, moving to oak barrels for secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in oak barrels (75% new oak and 25% one-year old) for 12 to 24 months depending on the vintage. The average production of the grand vin is between 60,000 to 90,000 bottles.

Winery

Troplong-Mondot

Bordeaux’s Chateau Troplong-Mondot is a large wine estate on the Right Bank of the Gironde River overlooking the village of Saint Emilion. Its 33-hectare vineyard is planted traditionally with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The chateau dates back to 1745 and Troplong-Mondot was originally part of one sizeable domaine which included the vineyards of Chateau Pavie. The current estate was established in 1850 when Raymond-Theodore Troplong acquired Mondot, expanded the vineyard, and promoted its reputation. Following a trend of that period, his heir Edouard Troplong later added Mondot to his name and Troplong-Mondot was born.

The property passed into the hands of the Valette family at the beginning of the 20th century, with Christine Valette taking up management of the property in 1980. Since then, things quickly changed for the better. The quality of the wines improved and Chateau Troplong-Mondot became known as one of the top wines of the Right Bank.

Christine Valette has since passed away and today, the estate is managed by Xavier Pariente who has been involved with the estate since 2002. In 2006, it was awarded the Premier Grand Cru Classe B in the Saint Emilion classification.