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

SKU #1159061 92-94 points 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. (RP)  (8/2014)

93 points James Suckling

 A dense and beautiful wine with blueberry, blackberry, mineral and spice aromas. Full to medium body, tight and powerful. Precise and exceptionally well made.  (2/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* True to the estate's signature style, this is a powerful, luscious wine. It's ripe with plum and berry fruits,layered with dark, firm tannins. There is a juicy element as well as black-coffee flavors from the enthusiastic use of wood. Give it time to integrate properly and drink from 2022. (RV)  (3/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This has lively fruit, with blueberry, raspberry and plum coulis flavors stretching out over fresh acidity that carries the anise-tinged finish. Shows more purity than density in the end. Drink now through 2022. (JM)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Deliciously perfumed nose with violet, blackcurrant and plenty of luxurious oak giving clove and cedar. Structurally, this is one of the few St-Émilion 2013s with tannins to the fore, giving real punch and grip. There is ample fruit in support and this is a remarkably good result for the reputation of the vintage. (RH)  (11/2015)

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. (ID)  (6/2014)

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Staff Image 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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Saint Emilion