Château Troplong Mondot 2020
Château Troplong Mondot 2020
Neal Martin Vinous 94-96 – "The 2020 Troplong Mondot was tasted from two samples, both directly from the estate, but with two prelèvements because Aymeric de Gironde was not content with the showing of the first. Indeed, the second, which was tasted the following day (yes, bottles arrived quickly) did show slightly better, even if there was not an enormous difference. It has a deep garnet hue, yet the nose is initially backward and demands about an hour to really open and say what it wants to say. The nuanced bouquet features a mixture of red and black fruit, touches of iris flower, sea spray and a touch of Earl Grey. This is typical of the more elegant, terroir-driven style introduced under Aymeric de Gironde. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red fruit, cranberry and raspberry mixed with truffle and a pinch of sea salt. The acidity is well judged and it conveys palpable energy on the finish. This is a delicious and characterful Saint-Émilion, fresh and vibrant, that will fill out and gain depth during its barrel maturation. Excellent."
Jane Anson Decanter 97 – "Inky in colour, this is utterly gorgeous, so much purity and definition on the nose. Things start out intense, with crushing tannins, then it steps up and back, with a delicate but juicy slate and crushed rock minerality flooding in. Great physicality, with a push and pull that goes from power to lightness of touch. I assume it will gain a little more weight over ageing, but this is exceptionally well controlled. Crushed blackcurrant and blackberry fruits, with chalky tannins and savoury Cabernet florals. 60% new oak. 3.53pH. The new cellar will be used for vinification from the 2021 vintage, with this vintage aged in the new barrel cellars. No malolactic fermentation in barrel since the 2019 vintage. Just 2mm of rain in July and 30mm in August but the deep clay-limestones at Troplong kept their freshness, and there were no blockages in ripening. Thomas Duclos consultant."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown Wine Advocate 95-97+ – "The 2020 Troplong Mondot is composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 4th September and lasting for about three weeks. The pH is 3.53, the IPT (tannin index) is 75 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Opaque purple-black colored, it opens with a vivacious burst of black fruits—stewed plums, baked blackberries and boysenberries—giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of licorice, ground cloves, cinnamon stick and lilacs, with a touch of bouquet garni. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of plump, juicy black fruits and savory sparks, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and opulent."
Chris Kissack Winedoctor 96-98 – "The blend of Troplong-Mondot is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, picked at an overall yield of 45 hl/ha. I think Aymeric de Gironde would have liked to include a touch more Cabernet Franc, which he felt was of good quality, but some was taken out by hail earlier in the year. I see a brilliant colour here, black violet with a little touch of saturation to it, as well as a pure intensity I am sure many others in the region would wish to emulate. The nose does not let up on the assault, with a purely defined and intensely expressed aromatic profile, of perfumed black cherries, cherry blossom and white freesia, white peach and even a little fragrant lychee, as well as darker tones of currant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The palate is creamed, yet tautly defined, with perfumed cherry, dark chocolate and slate, but also a rich floral overlay following the lead of the nose. Underneath it all there is a very fine grip, although it stays well hidden until the finish. It also comes underpinned with more than a touch of vanillin lactone from the oak, but the wine will absorb this given time. I see real energy here, but also a svelte and almost silky texture, and it comes grained with intent. This is a great Troplong-Mondot, with more depth to it than I found the past couple of years, as Aymeric gets into his groove here, and his work really begins to pay dividends. The alcohol is declared at 14.5%. A second sample I tasted was consistent with the first."
|Drinkjaren||2028 - 2050|
|Druivensoort(en)||85% merlot, 13% cabernet sauvignon, 2% cabernet franc|
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