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History

La Mondotte is located on the eastern part of the Saint-Emilion plateau next to Troplong-Mondot. This 4.5 hectare vineyard is an absolute gem. Its outstanding terroir (clay limestone soil with very silty clay and a rocky subsoil) has all the natural qualities to produce very great wine.



Excellent hydric regulation encourages the vines to sink their roots deep into the soil. The superb sun exposure and fine natural drainage due to the steep slope make this a very early-maturing terroir.

 

The vines are an average of 50 years old and the vineyard contains only premium grape varieties (75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc). Ripening, especially of Merlot, is almost invariably early and complete.The terroir, age of the vines, and infinite attention paid to viticulture and oenology, combine to produce truly great wine at La Mondotte. La Mondotte is deeply-coloured, well-structured, and extraordinarily opulent. The terroir also confers unparalleled finesse. This rare wine (maximum annual production of just 11,000 bottles) is always in very great demand.

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Winemaking

The winemaking philosophy at the other von Neipperg estates was also applied to La Mondotte. The small size of the vineyard provided an excellent opportunity to experiment and perfect the most quality-oriented vineyard practices. Furthermore, the small production meant that innovations could be tested quickly, efficiently, and at a low cost. The amazing potential of this tiny terroir soon came to the fore.

 

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Inside information

La Mondotte dates back to the early 19th century. Cocks & Féret ("Bordeaux and its Wines"), mention it in their second edition in 1868. It is thus entirely untrue that La Mondotte was "created" in 1996, as one sometimes hears… During the 1996 revision of the Saint-Emilion Classification, the commission ruled that La Mondotte needed to have its own separate winemaking facility. Up until then, the wine was made at Château Canon La Gaffelière, albeit in a separate location. Major investments were made to satisfy the commission's requirement... for a 4.5 hectare vineyard !

 

The name Château La Mondotte was last used in 1995. Its name has been simply "La Mondotte" since the 1996 vintage. Everything has been done to avoid confusion with consumers. There is a new bottle, a new label, and a new wooden case.

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  • Stephan von Neipperg

    La Mondotte" is powerful and has remarkable ageing potential. It is an extremely concentrated, well-structured wine with a long aftertaste, very deep colour, and superb balance. It is profoundly marked by its soil. »

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

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

4m 22h ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . 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 5d ago

 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  44 wines 

“Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.

Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines. ”

1y 3m ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  36 wines 

“2015 St. Emilion / 2015 Château Ausone
Ruby. Dark berries, red fruits, minerals, delicate yet quite full and intense, mint and chocolate touch, slight floral element. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh, fruity, juicy, dark berries before structure sets in, some minerals, nuanced, detailed, playful yet rounded, properly long finish. 96-98

1y 3m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 4m ago

 Sho-Chieh Tsiang / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“First day of the Bordeaux 2015 en Primeur-tasting is behind - my favourites are so far Angelus, Canon, Canon-la-Caffeliere, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier.”

1y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

1y 7m ago

 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Istvan Szepsy is considered as a king of sweet Tokaji makers due to the reputation gained from his extra ordinary sweet concentrated wines. This Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos was only made around 8000 bottles.
This clear, intense and golden coloured wine has incredibly intense spicy nose with apricot marmalade and botrytis. As 1999 vintage is known from big acidic structure in Tokajis, it makes no difference in this wine. Crisp acidity cuts delicately oily lusciously sweet velvety texture. Honeyed overtones with touch of jasmine and ginger. Very intense fruitiness and rich botrytis flavours combined with moderate level of alcohol are all adding an extra dimension to this immortal wine. 96 points

1y 7m ago

 Rob Bellini / Sommelier, Pro (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  La Mondotte . In a tasting of  42 wines 

“2011 tasting - Lafleur is perhaps the wine of the vintage:
Bottle is naturally in a excellent condition and has by the neck level. Colour is ruby red and deep. On the nose it is wide, intense, refined, fresh, opulent and round. The taste is full, round, fragrant, firm, vigor, with silky tannins, full-bodied, with balanced and well-structured structure. On the palate it is layered and has floral, leather, new-oak, smoky, spice, truffles, vanilla and blackcurrant flavours. The finish is long, extensive, flavorful, pure and spicy. This wine is almost as good as 2009 and 2010. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 20-30 years and decant at least 3h before tasting. 98 points”

1y 8m ago

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