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2022 Château Troplong Mondot En Primeur

2022 Château Troplong Mondot En Primeur:  Released for sale en primeur at £612 per 6.


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Château Troplong Mondot

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Château Troplong Mondot

The vineyards of Château Troplong Mondot were originally part of the Pavie estate, but became a separate entity in 1850, when they were acquired by Raymond Troplong.   The pretty little château itself was built in 1745.  The estate passed through various hands until it was bought by the Valette family in the 1930s.  Troplong Mondot's modern history began in 1980, when Christine Valette took over the running of the estate, introducing many of the fundamentals of making high quality Bordeaux such as hand-harvesting, reducing yields, increasing the use of new oak and vinifying parcel by parcel.  The estate quickly became a leading light of new wave St-Emilions.

Christine Valette passed away in 2014 and her relative Xavier Parente took over, bringing in Aymeric de Gironde (formerly of Cos d'Estournel) as winemaker.  In 2017 the property was sold to a French insurance company SOCR, who invested in new cellars.  Aymeric de Gironde has set about taking Troplong Mondot in a new direction, with less new oak and a fresher, more terroir-driven style.



RED 2022 Château Troplong Mondot 75cl £612 per case of 6 Château Troplong Mondot
2022 / / 75cl
£612 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2022 Troplong-Mondot was picked from 29 August when it was 31° Celsius, which according to estate director Aymeric de Gironde, felt cool compared to the rest of summer. The alcohol is 14.9% with the pH of 3.48. It sees no SO2 until it is transferred into barrel. The nose is very attractive and certainly very expressive of its limestone terroir: blackberry, briary, crushed iris petal and light marine scents. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy black fruit, quite chalky in texture, that acidic spine governing its overall mouthfeel. Sapid on the finish, this Troplong Mondot builds in the mouth and coats it on the finish. De Gironde and I discussed my previous scores. I always said that he would get better and better during his tenure and this is clearly the case in 2022, the best Troplong far. 2032-2068 96-98 points" Neal Martin,"Very attractive aromas of plums and chocolate with hints of raspberry bush and hazelnut. So fresh and even savory with medium to full body. Such a wide tannin structure building up on the palate. Shows depth and length with lots of minerality. Floral. Beautiful already. 85% merlot, 13% cabernet sauvignon and 2% cabernet franc. 97-98 points""Violet edged with an inky core. Expertly delivers the sense of energy that is so key to the best wines in 2022. As powerful as you would expect from these clay-limestone soils, the vintage character shows in dried rosemary and white pepper spice, lacing the fresher blueberry and loganberry fruits. These are big tanins that take a long time to uncurl during tasting and will take a long time in bottle to come around. Contained power, with chocolate block, liqourice, dried roses, delicate but underpinned by menancingly powerful tannins, and a saline twist. Expert construction from director Aymeric de Gironde, carefully containing both the natural power of the soils of Troplong and the natural concentration of the vintage. 50hl/h yield. Harvest began on August 29 through to September 26. Thomas Duclos consultant. Around 3% whole bunch used during fermentation, aged in 55% new oak, 24% one year old, 21% large 2,000l oak casks. 98 points""Clearly the finest wine to date under the new team and direction here, the 2022 Château Troplong Mondot reveals a vivid purple hue as well as sensational notes of black raspberries, cassis, acacia flowers, and graphite, with a beautiful underpinning of chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has flawless balance, ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. The purity, precision, and just sheer class are something to behold. 97-99 points""A wine that transcended both my lofty expectations and anything produced at this address in the last 50 years, the 2022 Troplong Mondot realizes all the potential of this striking terroir. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of dark berries, cherries, exotic spices, bay leaf and orange zest, it's full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with incredible concentration without weight, supple tannins and a seamless, complete profile, concluding with a long, saline finish. All the work of the last few years in the vineyards and winery makes itself felt, as Troplong Mondot's vineyards took the hot, dry conditions in their stride, and the quality of the fruit that they produced has been preserved by a gentle vinification and a discreet élevage, featuring only 55% new oak and some 20% of the volume in large foudres. 98-100 points" William Kelley,

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