Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé 2019
Wine Advocate 98 Pts "Has any Bordeaux château realized a more wholesale stylistic revolution in so short a time than Troplong Mondot? Since Aymeric de Gironde arrived at the estate in late 2017, the ultra-powerful "shock and awe" style of the 2000s is out, and a new refinement is in. Of course, the deep clays that define the core vineyards around the château itself are never likely to produce light or ephemeral wines, but de Gironde has astutely understood that (to develop an analogy) when driving downhill, one can ease off on the accelerator. The 2019 Troplong Mondot is a ringing endorsement of the new direction, wafting from the glass with complex aromas of wild berries, violets, coniferous forest floor, licorice, raw cocoa, and subtle spices, followed by a full-bodied, velvety, and layered palate that's seamless and perfumed, its enveloping core of succulent fruit framed by rich, powdery tannins and lively acids. Harmonious and penetrating, I never thought I'd taste a wine like this from Troplong Mondot."
#13 TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS 2022. The magnificent Merlot in the blend has pushed up the alcohol, while also giving a velvet touch and power to the wine. This estate is now in top form, producing this generously ripe, black plum-flavored wine. It is lifted by acidity while powering the wine's intensity. Drink from 2026. (Cellar Selection).
Such a seductive soft perfume to the nose, with delicate yet generous aromatics of cherry and rose. The palate is juicy and fresh, charming yet energetic with crystalline purity and balance. Tannins are smooth but softly textured giving nuance to the flavors where refreshing high-toned ripe red and black cherry fruit play alongside mint, dark chocolate, and graphite. Powerfully but carefully controlled from start to finish giving such a satisfying overall mouthful and lasting impression. Incredible. Drinking Window 2028 - 2050.
#20 TOP 100 WINES OF FRANCE 2022. The purity of fruit is pretty phenomenal here with blackcurrants, cherries, and crushed-stone undertones. Floral notes of roses and violets, too. Full-bodied, yet this is a linear style with super fine tannins and great length and beauty. You want to drink it. It grows on the palate and shows real power, with breadth and depth. Remains fresh throughout. Something. Try after 2026.
The 2019 Troplong Mondot is without question one of the wines of the vintage. Vertical and explosive in feel, the 2019 dazzles with its magnificent balance. Inky red/purplish fruit, cinnamon, chocolate, dried flowers, and lavender open with a bit of time, but Troplong is not a wine for the here and now, but rather a wine for readers who can be patient. The 2019 is all class and refinement. Those qualities become increasingly apparent over time, once some of the initial power and density subsides with air. This is the first time the Grand Vin was blended before the malolactic fermentation.