Southeast of the Mondot hill, overlooking the town of St. Emilion lies Chateau Troplong Mondot. Named for its location and its former proprietor, Gerus Troplong, this estate has been home to viticulture since 1745. Its 33 hectare vineyard is planted to 90% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. "Cold," late-ripening soils produce one of the most dramatic wines of the appellation: an exotic, flashy, modern Saint-Emilion.
While it possesses more than enough stuffing and structure for extended cellaring, the wine's depth of fruit and supple tannins rarely get in the way of early drinkability. The Valette family, owners of Chateau Troplong Mondot, oversee production of 8000 cases of the Grand Vin each year, in addition to 2-3,000 cases of the second wine, called simply, Mondot.
As a reminder, the 2014-2015 campaign started with a cold and dry winter, softer spring temperatures influenced a late bud-break on April 5th. On May 27th, started the flowering which thanks to the idyllic weather in June was quick, full, homogenous and accompanied by 40 mm of rain at the end of the flowering. July was very hot, the rain arrived at a perfect moment for a fast and homogenous veraison which started on July 25th. Slightly lower temperatures and a little more rain in August allowed a good veraison and grape maturation. The technological maturity was reached at the end of September thanks to a beautiful weather in September followed by a dry and soft fall. Harvest took place from September 30th to October 21st.