2012 Troplong-Mondot Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • WA 96
  • JS 94
  • AG 94
  • WS 93
  • NM 93
  • IWC 93
  • WE 93
  • CG 93

Reviews for 2012 Troplong-Mondot Bordeaux Blend

WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2015
The 2012 is another truly great wine from Troplong Mondot. It’s always sentimental to taste this wine, realizing that proprietress Christine Valette (the larger-than-life heart and soul behind this estate) has passed... The 2012 is another truly great wine from Troplong Mondot. It’s always sentimental to taste this wine, realizing that proprietress Christine Valette (the larger-than-life heart and soul behind this estate) has passed away. She was one of the bright, shining stars of Bordeaux. Nevertheless, her legacy is certainly well-established, and the quality of this wine is beyond reproach. Inky bluish purple, its great notes of cassis, blackberry, licorice are followed by a full-bodied, opulently textured wine with stunning concentration, purity and overall balance. It should drink well for 20-25 years and turn out to be one of the great superstars of 2012. Their 63-acre vineyard was cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare, producing a final blend of 90% Merlot and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.2% alcohol. - Robert Parker
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2015
This is concentrated and impressive for the vintage with beautiful ripe fruit, minerals, chocolate and light-coffee character. Full body, polished tannins and a long finish. Better in 2018.
AG 94
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, January 2016
One of the clear wines of the vintage, the 2012 Troplong-Mondot has been remarkable on several occasions. Sweet crushed flowers, red cherries, smoke, tobacco and plums open up in a heady, sensual Saint-Emilion that hits... One of the clear wines of the vintage, the 2012 Troplong-Mondot has been remarkable on several occasions. Sweet crushed flowers, red cherries, smoke, tobacco and plums open up in a heady, sensual Saint-Emilion that hits all the right notes. The 2012 blossoms nicely with time in the glass, gaining volume, but never losing its precision. This head-turning, flashy Saint-Emilion will delight readers for the next two decades, perhaps longer. What a gorgeous wine this is. Sadly, proprietor Christine Valette passed away in the spring of 2013, but her legacy will remain alive for quite some time with wines like this.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2015
Offers a solid, if slightly chunky, feel, with ganache and charcoal notes coating the core of dark currant preserves, fig paste and warmed plum fruit. Shows lots of smoldering tobacco accents on the finish. Pretty... Offers a solid, if slightly chunky, feel, with ganache and charcoal notes coating the core of dark currant preserves, fig paste and warmed plum fruit. Shows lots of smoldering tobacco accents on the finish. Pretty grippy for the vintage, but this is headed in a promising direction. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2025. — J.M.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, May 2013
(NM91-93 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 9th and 23rd October. It has a very intense bouquet with lifted aromas of macerated dark cherries, blueberry jam and confit... (NM91-93 points) The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 9th and 23rd October. It has a very intense bouquet with lifted aromas of macerated dark cherries, blueberry jam and confit aromas. The palate is full-bodied with sumptuous black fruit, dense tannins but in my opinion, better balance than the 2010 and 2011. The alcohol is lower here, hovering around the high 13 percent mark, which render a better Troplong, whilst the citric edge keep everything focused. This is a very fine Saint Emilion.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2013
(IWC91-93 points) (90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 14.3% alcohol; 31 hectoliters per hectare; roughly 75% of the total production went into the grand vin): Inky purple. Ripe aromas of cassis, stewed plum, dark... (IWC91-93 points) (90% merlot and 10% cabernet sauvignon; 14.3% alcohol; 31 hectoliters per hectare; roughly 75% of the total production went into the grand vin): Inky purple. Ripe aromas of cassis, stewed plum, dark cocoa, coffee and fresh herbs on the showy nose. On the palate, more ripe dark fruit and chocolate flavors are complicated by vanilla and coffee notes. This very powerful wine comes across as rich and velvety, and finishes with a trace of alcoholic heat. It will be appreciated more by fans of high-pH, internationally styled wines than by Bordeaux classicists. - Ian D'Agata
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
(WE91-93 points)While initially tough and almost too extracted, this firm, dark wine has intense density and spice from new wood. As it opens on the palate, slowly hints of juicy black-currant fruit and acidity comes through.
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, June 2015
Claiming a place at the very head of the class of our 2012 Saint- Émilion favorites, Troplong Mondot is a decidedly deep and most impressively filled opus. It manages to be immensely rich and very well-balanced... Claiming a place at the very head of the class of our 2012 Saint- Émilion favorites, Troplong Mondot is a decidedly deep and most impressively filled opus. It manages to be immensely rich and very well-balanced at one and the same time with the kind of polish and layered complexity we simply do not expect to find in a wine of its age, its high Merlot content notwithstanding. It is, however, not one that we would recommend for pouring any time soon, and it has the solidity and stamina to evolve famously for another decade at the very least.