2019 Château Troplong Mondot, St EmilionMonday, June 22
Troplong Mondot 2019 is released at a substantial 17% discount to the 2018, at just £762 per dozen. This estate is moving in a new direction, with the appointment Aymeric de Gironde (formerly of Cos d'Estournel) in 2017 to oversee winemaking. We have observed increasing elegance and balance. Neal Martin describes it as “ a wonderful Saint-Émilion from Aymeric de Gironde and his team, more approachable than the 2018”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown goes a point higher with a barrel score of 96-98.
2019 Château Troplong Mondot, St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
"The 2019 Troplong Mondot needs an hour or two to settle and coalesce in the glass. As has been well documented, this is a reconfigured "TM" compared to those a decade ago - less flamboyant and ostentatious. Indeed, once it has shaken off that introspection, it unfurls with mainly black fruit, briary, sous-bois, hints of dark chocolate and mocha, perhaps one of the first Troplongs that I have encountered that is reminiscent of Pomerol. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple tannins. This is beautifully balanced with extremely well judged acidity. Its gentle personality belies the backbone of this Troplong, with touches of white pepper and tobacco toward the cerebral finish. It is a wonderful Saint-Émilion from Aymeric de Gironde and his team, more approachable than the 2018, to be frank, just a wine you are going to want to drink. 95-97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous