2010 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion

SKU #1132026 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I-m not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades. An absolutely stunning wine from this estate, which seems to be on a mission to produce exquisite world-class wines with enormous aging potential, the 2010 is showing better from bottle than it even did from barrel.  (2/ 2013)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Knockout nose combines sexy black raspberry, smoky earth tones, dark chocolate and spices. Lush, dense, sweet and complete, with black fruit, cocoa powder and mineral flavors offering both full ripeness and a cool restraint. Really insinuating depth of flavor here. Finishes with powerful echoing black fruits and great focus and length, with substantial but ripe and perfectly integrated tannins. A great example of a late-ripening terroir in a long growing season without extreme heat.  (7/ 2013)

94 points James Suckling

 Very intense blackberry and blueberry character on the nose. Full body with super refined tannins and beautiful fruit. So delicious and pretty. Very rich and a little high-octane. Yet luscious and flamboyant. Try in 2018.  (2/ 2013)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and dense, but very vibrant and energetic, as a torrent of cassis, blackberry coulis and fig paste rushes through, framed by enticing black licorice and evenly roasted alder and juniper notes. The long finish has lots of grip and acidity, but they work together and are deeply embedded. Captures the fruit and structure of the vintage superbly. Best from 2015 through 2030.  (3/ 2013)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Clocking in at 16%, this is a massive wine. Heady smoky wood aromas have given the wine a dry character. The immense palate has bitterness, extract and a solid core of tannins. It has considerable weight, just beginning to develop, although the alcohol does show through at the end.  (3/ 2013)

K&L Notes

One of the largest of the St. Emilion estates, Troplong Mondot's 33 hectares of vineyard are extremely impressive. Wonderful exposure, fine drainage through the top layer of clay and deep limestone base, older vines averaging 35 years and up to 90 years old and avoidance of vineyard chemical treatments combine to produce a consistently spectacular wine. Troplong Mondot is planted with 90% Merlot and 5% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. We've had a long and proud history working with Troplong Mondot and have seen a consistent following of this great estate, both from our customers and reviewers.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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