1997 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (some slightly soiled labels) (Previously $60)

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Delicious Bordeaux that is ready to drink! Robert Parker: "This gorgeously elegant, concentrated wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, and a beautifully knit, blackberry and cherry-scented nose with toasty oak in the background. Not a massive effort, it offers beautifully supple fruit flavors, an attractive fragrance, a ripe, sweet mid-palate, and soft tannin. Drink this seductive, lush Troplong-Mondot over the next decade." (04/00) 88-90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Very expressive redcurrant, tobacco and mint aromas. Smooth and stylish in the mouth, with enticing texture and ripe flavors of red fruits and chocolate complicated by notes of fresh herbs and tobacco. Elegantly styled. Finishes with lush, dusty tannins and very good length." (May/June '99) According to Wine Spectator: "Lovely fruit on the nose of this young wine, with lots of plum, tobacco and berry aromas. Medium-bodied, with polished tannins, but slightly short on the finish. Best after 2000." (01/2000)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion