• Domaine: Château Troplong Mondot
• Appellation: Saint-Émilion
• Classification: 1er Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Émilion
• Origin: Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
• Importer: Laguna Cellar
This is a wine for connoisseurs who appreciate terroir. Though adjacent to Château Pavie, Château Troplong Mondot does not highlight its location. It is up to the knowledgeable seekers to discover what a great wine this is.
"Tasted blind as a vintage comparison at the Valandraud vertical, the 2006 Troplong-Mondot is deep in color with minimal ageing on the rim. The bouquet is rich and generous with mulberry, Hoi Sin, orange blossom and melted tar aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, generous black pepper and graphite notes cutting through the dense black fruit, leading to an engaging, tensile, graphite and tobacco-driven finish that exerts both body and length. It still has that slight stockiness, but that is something I like. I have always found much to admire in this vintage of Troplong-Mondot and it continues to give so much pleasure. Tasted December 2016." - Neal Martin, Robert M. Parker's Wine Advocate (2/28/2017, Issue 229), Ratings: 93, Drink: 2017-2035
"It could be easy, after tasting the monumental 2005, to dismiss the 2006 Troplong Mondot, but don’t be so foolish. Proprietress Christine Valette has turned out another exceptional performance. Of course, this is not the 2005- a singular vintage that will be difficult to duplicate in a 20-30 year span, but the 2006 Troplong Mondot is an impressive, powerful, broad, surprisingly masculine and deep effort. Its inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of powdered rock, blackberries, blueberries, spring flowers, and hints of camphor as well as espresso roast. The wine is full-bodied with a layered, multidimensional texture, sensational purity and structure, and elevated levels of tannin, concentration, and richness. Forget it for 7-8 years, and drink it over the following 20-25 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate (2/24/2009, Issue 181), Ratings: 93, Drink: 2016-2041