Chateau Troplong-Mondot -Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2017
Sitting at 43 hectares, with 25 sub-terroirs and 3 grape varieties, Troplong Mondot is one of the appellation’s largest vineyards. Vines first established in 1700 with a chateau built in 1745, Raymond-Théodore Troplong shaped the identity and the configuration of the estate along with his nephew, Edouard Mondot, who added his surname in, thus creating Troplong Mondot. Now run by Aymeric de Gironde, the vineyard is planted to 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cab Franc.
The 2017 Troplong Mondot is stunning, just as it was an en primeur. Rich and ample, yet endowed with striking energy as well, the 2017 is the first vintage made by new CEO Aymeric de Gironde and consulting winemaker Thomas Duclos. The 2017 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. All of the power that is typical of this site is evident, it seems to come so naturally, and yet picking earlier and then using a lighter hand in the cellar yielded a Troplong of uncommon energy and vibrancy. The 2017 has been nothing short of thrilling on the four occasions I have tasted it from bottle so far. 98+ pts, Antonio G, Vinous
85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc.