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Les Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot Restaurant, Saint Emilion - Gourmet restaurant in a château among the vineyards

This restaurant is located in the Château Troplong Mondot, a large estate on the top of a hill with a winery that produces a 1er Grand Cru Classé. They serve traditional French cuisine with creative contemporary touches. 

The restaurant is located next to the wine cellar, and they have an extensive wine list. They can accommodate up to 40 people in their elegant room dominated by a fireplace. There is also a very pleasant terrace overlooking the vines and the Dordogne valley. Their dishes are rooted in the regional tradition, and many of the ingredients are grown on site.

Open from Thursday to Sunday, 12:00-14:00 and 19:30-21:00. On Mondays, they open from 12:00 to 14:00.

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History

Troplong Mondot is one of its most beautiful ongoing testimonials of thevery old tradition of wine growing in Saint-Émilion. At the beginning of the XVIIIth century, the Mondot estate belonged to one of the most prestigious aristocratic  families in Gironde: the de Sèze family. They became famous by defending Louis XVI before the Constitution. The count, Peer de France, who was also a member of the French Academy, naturally brought his renown to the property, and the wine of Mondot became among the most sought after in Saint-Émilion.

In 1850, Raymond-Théodore Troplong acquired Mondot. Inspite of already having many and important national responsibilities, this jurist, President of the Senate under the Second Empire, helped contribute to expanding the vineyard and promoting the reputation of the estate. It was Edouard Troplong who, at the death of Raymond, inherited the vineyard. Following a trend at that period, he added Mondot to his own name. Troplong Mondot was born!

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Vineyards

Following a geographical survey of the estate’s terroirs, viticultural methods were reviewed and greatly enhanced. They are now adapted to the soils variation and in accordance with our terroirs: ploughing, cover crop seeding, preparation of fallow soils for vines and a specific protocol for replanting. In one area, a terroir requires a natural grass cover crop; in another, ploughing is necessary to de-compact the soil. Maintaining soil structure and controlling vine vigour have been made a priority, while for the last 20 years or more the use of weed killers has been totally eliminated. For 15 years now, Troplong Mondot set a very sophisticated drainage protocol to overcome the subsoil’s hydromorphy, in order to optimise the sanitary state of the vines.

 

In 6.5 hectares of organically-grown vines, the introduction of animal drawn ploughing methods seemed an obvious change to make. Four dray horses have now replaced the tractors, eliminating mechanical vineyard work. The result is there: thanks to the new plantations in staggered rows and a less compaction of the soils obtained with the animal traction, the vineyard breathes better. De-budding in the spring.

 

Between June, July and August, de-leafing, crop thinning and then a final de-leafing on the other side of the canopy, in order to achieve optimal grape ripening. Carefully thought-out harvesting: the geographical survey has enabled us to choose the picking dates and to do the filling of the vats in accordance with each type of terroir and thus help bring out in each vat the individual character of each terroir.

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Winemaking

The vinification is carried out in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.

Integral vinification in 600 liters thermoregulated wooden barrels (16 barrels).

Traditional vinification or a cold soak prior to fermentation. Pumping over, delestage (rack and return) and pigeage (punching down the cap). A vatting period of 21 to 35 days with or without yeasting.

85% of the fine wine was run off the skins by gravity directly into new barrels and will stay there to age for between 12 and 24 months. Traditional racking through the small bunghole from barrel to barrel. The final blend will be decided at the end of the ageing process. Non-systematic fining before the bottling.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

4m 2d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  75 wines 

In 2016 Pauillac has made some excellent wines and on the top, Mouton has made something very special and might be wine of the vintage competing with Petrus. Lots of estate has made excellent wines from Pauillac this year. Saint-Estephe has also made stunning wines and Cos d'Estournel has made one of the greatest wines I have ever tasted from them. Northern Médoc is far better in 2016 than in 2015, but for me, 2016 on a whole delivers more. 2015 for me eas a bit hyped even if the wines were very good indeed. 2016 probably has the edge over 2011 as well that is seriously undervalued in the market, but will give many some surprises for the future.

4m 2d ago

 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  30 wines 

My TOP 30 wines of the Bordeaux 2016 vintage.

4m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

4m 7d ago

 Mikke Frisk, Wine Collector (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  28 wines 

DRC Romanée-Conti 1961, Pétrus 1961, Unico 1961, Krug 1961, Château margaux 1961....etc.

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 Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  50 wines 

The Annual Union des Grands Crus Tasting in London - Bordeaux Vintage 2014 - My TOP 50.

9m 9d ago

 Jean-Philippe Fort / Château Troplong-Mondot, Wine Maker (France)  tasted  9 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  9 wines 

Château Troplong-Mondot 2010 / Beautiful presentation. Black cherry color with violet rim. Deep nose, rich, with notes of black and stone fruits, oak aromas, spices and vanilla. Deep and powerful mouth exceptionally rich, tanins are tight, sweet and racy. Incredible length remarkable finesse, unmeasurable fruit! A huge bottle in an exceptional vintage. Undetermined ageing potential.

9m 17d ago

 Li Yong Liú, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Ausone 2007 / Dark ripe nose with leather, plum, mint, strawberry jam. Beautifully textured on palate with juicy sweet fruit, velvety tannins, a certain note of drier fruit like prunes and some woody notes. Classical and aristocratic texture with great complexity and length. Warm, ripe and big, but very finely balanced and precise. 

10m 3d ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Bordeaux 2007 Tasting -Part I  Right Bank / 2007 Vintage was marked by regular rainfall all summer long and a beautiful month of September. The wines are aromatic and have retained great freshness. 


After an exceptionally warm month of April, the weather deteriorated starting in May. July was cool and wet, followed by a dry spell in early August, then showers at the end of that month. Fine weather returned in September, with three weeks of ideal conditions: hot days and cool nights.  The weather was more variable by the end of the month, with a few showers, although none were heavy or long-lasting.


 

10m 10d ago

 Jean-Philippe Fort / Château Troplong-Mondot, Wine Maker (France)  tasted  9 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  9 wines 

“Château Troplong-Mondot 1989-2004. Troplong Mondot 1998 / A dark, ruby red colour showing a slight touch of age. The nose has elegant truffle notes and is both fresh and ripe at the same time. On the palate, there is great density and lovely elegance. This wine has very good backbone; it is dense and full-bodied with sweet tannins coming through in the finish. It stands out for its freshness and harmony.”

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