2013 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Full-bodied and atypically rich and concentrated for a 2013, it boasts beautiful blueberry and creme de cassis fruit as well as underlying chalky minerality, and good richness and concentration. It is a noteworthy homage to Christine Vallete’s brilliant efforts at Troplong Mondot, which resulted in the elevation of this estate in the 2012 St.-Emilion classification. It can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. It has been less than six months since the irrepressible and brilliant Christine Vallette passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. I must confess that tasting at Troplong Mondot was a powerful emotional experience. However, the 2013 is clearly one of the stars of the vintage.
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.
The core of plum and raspberry fruit mingles with a note of red licorice on the finish. Fresh acidity provides balance throughout. Solid.
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.
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.