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April 30, 2013

Troplong Mondot 2012 En Primeur


The leading critics thought St Emilion and Pomerol shone in 2012, Parker agrees, describing them as close behind the extraordinary 2009 and 2010s. Troplong Mondot is described by Parker as ‘one of the superstars of the vintage’ and they have equaled their wines generous fruit with their release price. Troplong Mondot is found adjacent to Pavie (£1,980 a case in 2012) on the slopes of the village of St. Emilion and made a wine equal in quality, but at a fraction of the price As such it is possibly the most compelling wine of the vintage when considering quality versus price and with the 2000 Troplong Mondot trading at around £1,000 a case, this wine has a lot of headroom.

One of the superstars of the vintage, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as abundant notes of blueberry liqueur, graphite, truffles, acacia flowers and subtle toast. Full-bodied, opulent and already easy to drink, this large-scaled wine possesses high levels of tannin, but they are relatively well-concealed by the extravagant fruit, glycerin, texture and density of this compelling Troplong Mondot. This impressive wine may shut down after bottling and require 4-5 years of cellaring. It has the potential to last at least 15-20 years.

Bravo! From a 63-acre vineyard on the high plateau (called the Plateau of Mondot) adjacent to the famous limestone hillside, the Cote Pavie, the 2012 Troplong Mondot is another fabulous success. Cropped at 31 hectoliters per hectare with malolactic in barrel, this blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon hit 14.2% natural alcohol. Three-fourths of the production went into the grand vin. 94-96 Robert Parker