Château Troplong Mondot

Château Troplong Mondot has become one of Saint-Émilion's leading lights since Xavier Pariente and the great Christine Valette-Pariente (who passed away in 2014) 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.

The estate's much fabled 1989 vintage put Troplong back on the map and Christine masterminded Troplong Mondot’s elevation to Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) status in the Saint-Émilion classification review of 2006. Christine’s 2009 vintage amply demonstrates her achievements, being one of the finest wines produced in St-Emilion, if not the whole of Bordeaux.

Château Troplong Mondot

Château Troplong Mondot has become one of Saint-Émilion's leading lights since Xavier Pariente and the great Christine Valette-Pariente (who passed away in 2014) 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.

The estate's much fabled 1989 vintage put Troplong back on the map and Christine masterminded Troplong Mondot’s elevation to Premier Grand Cru Classé (B) status in the Saint-Émilion classification review of 2006. Christine’s 2009 vintage amply demonstrates her achievements, being one of the finest wines produced in St-Emilion, if not the whole of Bordeaux.

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    Château Belair, 1998

    Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé (B), Bordeaux, France

    Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020

    "Distinctly cool minty, floral nose hints at cabernet franc leafiness. Good texture and decent sweetness, but the slightly medicinal bitter cherry flavor shows a strong greenness and a dry edge, giving an impression of modest ripeness." Stephen Tanzer

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