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1998 Troplong Mondot, St-Emilion

SKU #1000023 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A fabulous effort, this sleeper of the vintage may turn out to be the finest Troplong-Mondot since the 1990. The black/purple-colored 1998 exhibits floral, blueberry, blackberry, licorice, vanillin, and truffle-like aromas (or is it charcoal/graphite?). Dense, full-bodied, and pure, yet extremely fresh and elegant, this beautifully focused wine needs 3-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/2001)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Beautiful bright blackberry and blueberry character on the nose. Very pure. Full-bodied, with a dense mouthfeel. Long and chewy. Very tight. Give it time still. (JS, Web Only-2009) Inner quote mark

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 1998 Troplong Mondot has an opulent, quite lactic bouquet with dark chocolate and mocha-tinged bouquet, missing the definition of the 1988 by comparison. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, fully mature with tobacco-tinged dark berry fruit. In common with the 1988 there is a Left Bank element to this wine, but it is just missing some definition and precision towards the finish. Not bad, but I think it reflects more the winemaking style in vogue at the time rather than the terroir. Tasted at the château. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright medium ruby. Spicy aromas of raspberry, currant, red licorice, smoke, leather and melting toffee. Bright and tight but with good density. Flavors of dark berries and lead pencil. Nicely delineated but currently dominated by its firm acids and tannins. This has excellent intensity and grip, but the firm tannic spine will require at least six or seven years of patience. (ST) 90+ Inner quote mark (6/2001)

K&L Notes

Barrel tasting: Chocolate covered black raspberries on the nose that follows to the palate. Black color. Flashy style with fine depth and soft tannins (for the vintage). Very balanced and pure. My style of wine. The wine normally gets 75% new oak, Troplong Mondot used 100% this year. You'd expect them to tell you that the reason is that the enormous level of concentrated fruit in the wine can stand up to all the new wood. We would have believed that, since the wine shows tremendous depth of fruit. Instead, they told us that they expected a bigger crop and overestimated the number of barrels that they'd need. Oh well!

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