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Troplong Mondot 2017 (750ML)

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Saint Emilion
Right Bank
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98+ VM / 97 JA / 96 WI / 96 JS / 96 WE / 95 JD / 17+ JR

#61 Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2020
#88 James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of France 2020

The 2017 Troplong Mondot is stunning, just as it was en primeur. Rich and ample, yet endowed with striking energy as well, the 2017 is the first vintage made by new CEO Aymeric de Gironde and consulting winemaker Thomas Duclos. The 2017 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. All of the power that is typical of this site is evident, it seems to come so naturally, and yet picking earlier and then using a lighter hand in the cellar yielded a Troplong of uncommon energy and vibrancy. The 2017 has been nothing short of thrilling on the four occasions I have tasted it from bottle so far. What a wine! 

Curls of woodsmoke and peony aromatics on the nose here, and slowly but surely you feel the limestone assert itself over the winemaking. This is still a big wine, concentrated and powerful, with cocoa bean, black cherry and sweet raspberry puree fruits, slightly at odds with a vintage that tends to be softer overall than the 2015 and 2016 - but it is excellent, sappy, stands out for all the right reasons. 60% new oak (so a significnaly lower amount than in previous vintages, although still with toasted and charred notes evident). This was the first year under new owners, with Aymeric de Gironde as director and Thomas Duclos consultant, and you can see the stylistic shift. 65% new oak for ageing. Very little affected by the frost that impacted St Emilion this year, with a yield of 45hl/ha, 95% of production used for the main wine. - Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

Deep garnet in color, the 2017 Troplong Mondot is reduced to begin with so needs a little swirling before setting free gorgeous aromas of lilacs, kirsch, raspberry leaves, and black raspberries, followed by hints of cinnamon stick, star anise, and garrigue. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright, lively and refreshing, framed by very fine-grained tannins, finishing long and perfumed. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Independent

Very perfumed and subtle with crushed currants, smoke and blackberries. Medium to full body. Compressed, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with serious structure for the vintage. It grows slowly on the palate. Really beautiful. Drink after 2022. - James Suckling

This wine is structured, with dense tannins as well as impressively ripe black fruit. Showing lifted acidity, succulent blackberry flavors and elegance, it has a good future and will be ready from 2025. - RV, Wine Enthusiast

Lacking the density of 2015/16, fragrance, freshness and early-drinking appeal are the key factors. Dark redcurrant and cherry, fine oak integration, a very elegant wine which speaks more about the vintage and terroir than winemaking. A new direction for Troplong-Mondot? (AWH) - Jancis Robinson

The 2017 Chateau Troplong Mondot continues in the new style of this estate and is based on 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc from healthy yields of 48 hectoliters per hectare. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by a stunning perfume of creme de cassis, black raspberries, white chocolate, crushed flowers, and a terrific sense of minerality. Flawlessly balanced, medium to full-bodied, and nicely concentrated, it shows the more elegant, classical style of the vintage beautifully. It has the texture and balance to drink brilliantly today yet will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age and keep for two decades or more. - Jeb Dunnuck

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