Chateau Troplong Mondot, Saint Emilion 1er Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux, France 2008

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"A wine of the vintage candidate in 2008...a full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin and a fabulous texture as well as finish. Bravo!"

Total £90.00
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Grape Blend Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Cabernet Franc 10%
Optimum Drinking 2021-2035
Winemaker Christine Valette
Organic No
Reviewer Score 96
Reviewer Robert Parker
SKU 101876

Château Troplong Mondot's 2008 is one of the finest wines of the 2008 Bordeaux vintage.

The 2009 growing season saw relatively benign weather conditions, and consequently individual terroirs shone through rather than, say, a particularly hot year determining the style of wines. As a result, many châteaux took full advantage of the opportunity to let their own style shine through their wines. The top dogs of Pomerol and Saint-Émilion were simply breathtaking, and the right bank in general produced many strong, powerful wines with enough fruit to sink a battleship.

Troplong Mondot has become one of Saint-Émilion's leading lights since Xavier Pariente and the great Christine Valette-Pariente took over in 1981.

After Christine got hold of the then ailing estate's 33 hectares, perched on a limestone plateau with breathtaking views towards the Dordogne, things rapidly changed for the better. Troplong employed Michel Rolland, the most famous Bordeaux consultant winemaker and driving force behind the dramatic improvement in a number of Saint-Émilion châteaux in the 1980s. They stopped harvesting by machine; began picking later and reduced yields; removed the remaining Malbec vines; introduced more new oak barrels; introduced a second wine, and were one of the first Bordeaux estates to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis.

"A wine of the vintage candidate in 2008, Troplong Mondot’s offering was produced from yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare and achieved 14.5% natural alcohol. A classic blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, it offers copious quantities of blue and black fruits, a full-bodied opulence, sweet tannin and a fabulous texture as well as finish. Already drinking beautifully, it will be even better in 2-5 years and should last for 20 years. A great effort for the vintage, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving proprietor, Christine Valette. Bravo!"

“The 2008 Troplong Mondot (from a bottle purchased locally) checks in as a classic blend of 90% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon brought up in plenty of new oak. This saturated ruby-colored effort offers the backward, almost austere style of the vintage front and center, yet still packs fabulous amounts of fruit and texture. Giving up notions of blackcurrants, tobacco, chocolate, graphite, and smoked herbs, this beauty takes plenty of air to unwind and is full-bodied, rich, and beautifully textured on the palate. It offers far more charm than most in the vintage and is a brilliant 2008…” Jeb Dunnuck

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