2017 La Mondotte, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1357384 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There was no frost here. Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Mondotte simply sings of gorgeous ripe blackberries, mulberries and black raspberries with touches of sandalwood, lavender, licorice and rose hips plus wafts of garrigue and exotic spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated with firm, very silky tannins and layer upon layer of black fruits and spices, finishing very long and beautifully perfumed. (LPB) 96-98+  (4/2018)

97 points James Suckling

 Extremely complex on the nose with blackberries, chili spice, chocolate and fresh walnuts. Full-bodied, tight and very minerally and racy. Steely tannins. Fresh and vivid. Seamless, soft tannins give this form and beauty. Fresh and powerful. Profound.  (1/2020)

97 points Wine Spectator

 Not shy, this pumps lush, dark plum, cassis and fig fruit forward, backed by contrasting waves of grippy tobacco and licorice snap. Dense and muscular until the finish, when a well-buried chalky minerality begins to emerge, adding refinement and cut. A big style, built for the cellar. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM)  (3/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Based on firm, dry tannins, this wine has a solid, powerful character. It also has layers of beautifully perfumed fruit that enhance the black-currant flavors. The fine tannins need time to soften... (RV)  (1/2020)

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The deepest colored in the lineup from owner Stephan von Neipperg, the 2017 La Mondotte comes from a magical terroir covering 11.5-acres of clay and limestone soils located above Pavie and Pavie Decesse. It boasts a vibrant purple color to go with fresh, gorgeously pure notes of blueberries, violets, licorice, and ample minerality. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, present tannin, integrated acidity, and a great finish, it doesn’t have the volume or weight of the 2015 and is made in a more elegant, finesse-driven style. It’s a brilliant wine that’s going to need 4-5 years of cellaring and keep for two decades or more.  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 The 2017 La Mondotte was bottled without fining on 3 June 2019 after 15 months in 60% new oak. It has a lovely, pure, almost understated bouquet with red cherries, raspberry coulis and light rose petal aromas, almost with a Burgundy-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and fine tannins. The acidity is very well judged, an elegant and refined La Mondotte with a pinch of clove and white pepper on the finish. Maybe not a long-term La Mondotte, but simply delicious. (NM)  (2/2020)

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