2013 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1159061 90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. New wood aromas underline the smoky, toasty nature of this wine. It’s all extraction, with a dark chocolate flavor and a firm, dry texture. It will need a long time to soften.  (4/ 2014)

88-91 points Wine Spectator

 The core of plum and raspberry fruit mingles with a note of red licorice on the finish. Fresh acidity provides balance throughout. Solid.  (4/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Lots of sweet spice scent -- clearly expensive oak. Dry, savoury palate with a fine-grained tannic texture. Persistent length. Rich without being overwrought. The fruit stands up to the oak and the structure too. Nicely done.  (4/ 2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby. Rather full-blown aromas of raspberry, truffle and underbrush are accompanied by strong notes of menthol and charred oak. Sweet, broad and fresh, this Saint-Emilion boasts a fat middle and juicy dark berry flavors but the building tannins show a slightly dry edge.  (6/ 2014)

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
**½ to *** It was a sad in Bordeaux when in the middle of our En Premieur trip we learned that Christine Valette, owner of Troplong Mondot, had succumbed to cancer. Troplong is a magnificent property with a hillside vantage point, the wines are always full-throttle and a joy to taste. Lots of cola here with sexy, exotic spice notes. Big extraction here--made for the California palate.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

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Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion