Bordeaux, Bottle Notes

1996 Troplong Mondot – Bottle Notes

Chateau Troplong-Mondot was elevated to one of the Premier Grand Crus of the St.-Emilion appellation in 2006. With almost 70 acres, the estate is one of the largest in St.-Emilion, on the right bank of the Gironde River. The chateau itself was built in the 18th century though it takes part of its name from Raymond Troplong, who acquired it in 1850. Today the estate is owned by the Valette family, which also owns Chateau Pavie, adjacent to the Troplong-Mondot estate. The vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Crimson in color with considerable bricking at the edge of the glass. 13% ABV. Big nose of red fruits, mint, leather and graphite. Medium body with drying tannins and just enough fruit to keep things interesting. Currants, plums, tobacco and earth on the palate. Thought provoking wine from what was a challenging vintage on the Right Bank. Best over the near term.

My rating: 90 points.

If you are looking for more recent vintages of Troplong Mondot give consideration to the 2016 which should be tremendous but will set you back about $150.

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