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Closed but immensely promising, this dark purple-colored wine exhibits a reticent but intriguing nose of underbrush, jammy black fruits, minerals, and vanillin. Deep, rich, and medium to full-bodied, with outstanding extract and purity, the wine possesses a seamless personality with sweeter, more integrated tannin than in the 1996. This is a vin de garde to cellar for another 7-8 years. It is not far off the splendid level of quality achieved in both 1989 and 1990.
Clever winemaking. Modern and international in style. Not quite as exciting as I remember, but still outstanding. Inky-colored, with loads of vanilla, spice and meatlike aromas. Full-bodied and concentrated, with masses of berry, dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Slightly astringent on the finish.
In the 17th century, the vineyard belonged to the Abbé Raymond de Sèze, who built the chateau as it stands today in 1745. The Sèze family was one of the most prestigious of the Bordeaux area's landed gentry. It was particularly illustrious in providing Louis XVI with his personal lawyer, Raymond de Sèze. In 1850, Raymond Troplong took over Mondot and turned it into the 33-hectares estate, unchanged to this very day. The Mondot estate was classed by the renowned Annuaire des Châteaux de Féret as Saint-Emilion's second finest wine in 1868. Edouard Troplong, his nephew and successor, added the name Troplong to the estate before he sold it. The château entered the modern age with the Valette family. Alexandre Valette, a Parisian vintner, bought the estate crafted by Raymond Troplong. Alexandre’s great grand daughter, Christine, took over the estate at the beginning of the 80s and was joined, 10 years later, by her husband, Xavier Pariente. Together they continued to improve and embellish the vineyard, cellar and chateau. This hard work and their efforts proved worthwhile when in 2006 Troplong Mondot was awarded 1er Grand Cru Classé status.
Owner: Xavier Pariente et Christine Valette-Pariente
Manager: Christine Valette
Cellar master: Jean-Pierre Taleyson
Vineyard manager: Rémy Monribot
Oenologist: Michel Rolland
Blend of the 1995 vintage: 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 80% Merlot
Soil: Thick limestone under a layer of dense clay, rich in sedimentary fragments of flint and limestone
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