Château Troplong Mondot, AOC Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé 2008Regular price €135.00
Opulent, complex dark fruit aromas. Firm, concentrated and very long—a wine to keep.
Powerful and shapely, with 90+ points across the board from the leading critics.
‘The wine shows plenty of tobacco and vanilla character with chocolate and berries. Full body, with super fine tannins. It’s so long and refined. This is a beauty and needs at least three years of bottle age.’
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, December 2010 93/100
‘Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. I have criticized recent vintages over the alcohol levels, but I have no agenda against what is after all, one of the first properties I ever visited. And the 2008 is turning out to be a little beauty. It has a lovely floral bouquet with vibrant red fruit, cassis and violets that soar from the glass. It displays deftly integrated oak with Asian spices beginning to come through. The palate is full-bodied and tannic, very grippy with spice, black olive and blackberry. There is some fine, earthy Cabernet Franc here and shows good structure on the finish. It deserves a decade in the cellar. Tasted January 2012.’
Neal Martin, robertparker.com, May 2012 93/100
The château was built in 1745 on land owned by the aristocratic de Sèze family, at the time owners of many other properties in the region.
Raymond Troplong bought the estate in 1850, giving it independence; and his 33 hectares, of which 29 are vineyards, remain its extent today. Raymond's nephew Édouard succeeded him and added Troplong to the name of the property.
The estate entered its contemporary period when it was acquired by Paris wine merchant Alexandre Vallette. Further significant progress came when his great-granddaughter Christine took the reins in 1980, joined by her husband Xavier Pariente ten years later. Their years of work to improve the vines, cellar and château itself were rewarded in 2006 with the elevation of Troplong Mondot to 1er Grand cru classé status.
Subsequent developments included the addition of a guest house in 2010 and Michelin awarded restaurant ‘Les Belles Perdrix’ in 2012. The death of Christine in 2014 left M Pariente as CEO, and in July 2017 the estate was bought by insurance company SCOR Group for a sum later revealed to be of the order of €178 million.
|Wine colour||Red wine|
|Grape variety||90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon|