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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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 James Suckling., Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2018 / This is incredibly complex with hazelnut, currant, berry and dried-flower character. The impression of a vat of fermenting cabernet. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a long, soft and silky finish. Shows the essence of the fruit here. Fascinating. Layered and complex.
Barrel Sample: 98-99

3m 25d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  12 wines 

What a lovely BBQ tasting under the Finland Midnight Sun! Eight guests voted Cyril Henschke 2013 as the best from the bunch. My favorites were Muga Prado Enea GR 2006 (94p), Petrolo Galatrona 2004 (94p) and Shafer One Point Five 2016 (94p). Troplong-Mondot 2000 was passed its peak while La Landonne 2012 is nowhere near for its enjoyability yet (give it another 8 years still to open up!)

5m 6d ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  51 wines 

1998 Château Cheval Blanc; Ruby, pink rim, floral, violets, mint, layered, again impossible to describe fully. Close to perfect balance, playfull and stil relaxed acidity. tannins soft, stunning texture, mouthwatering, just ads and ads with air, incredible length, never ending, I keep raising the score on this as it keeps unlocking more and more secrets. I wish I had cases of this one. 98


Served blind, I was sure it was Petrus, as was most of the table. Wine of the evening!

8m 13d ago

 Stuart Pigott, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Château Haut Brion 2009 / Extravagant and exotic, but still lively, this is a super-concentrated and elegant wine that's already breathtaking, yet has enormous aging potential. Plenty of wet earth and mushroom character alongside the cassis and blackberry aromas. Super-long, perfectly balanced finish. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019) 100 points

11m 9d ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  25 wines 

"Alle Neune"-tasting with wines from 1859 to 1959.

1y 1m ago

 Sue Allen Smith / Sommelier, Sommelier (South Africa)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Cheval Blanc 2018 / 100 points / The fruit and tannins reached full and perfect ripeness and the structure shows incredible cohesion, easily approaching the quality of the 2015 but with softer tannins. Beautifully complete with great integrity of coffee grounds and rich damson fruit. Opens up in the glass, the personality and complexity ripples through. Super Start of the vintage! 

1y 7m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  100 wines 

Bordeaux 2018 - TOP 100 Wines. "The best vintage of my live" says Christian Moueix of the Ets. Jean Pierre Moueix in Libourne. In fact, 2018 is a vintage with wonderfully ripe tannins which taste almost sweet and are characterizing wine with excellent structured. However this vintage was everything else than easy-going. The first six months of the year saw the complete annual rainfall for the Bordeaux region, over 800mm. Mildew attacked the grapes, what meant a reduction in quantity but as the leaves have not been attacked the maturity process continued and the lower yields brought concentrated grapes. Another problem where hailstorms bringing further damage. Some Châteaux like Château Guiraud have lost the complete harvest. "We went from hell to heaven" summarizes Véronique Sanders from Château Haut-Bailly in Pessac-Léognan the vintage. After the deluge in the first half of 2018, there was a dramatic change for the second half bringing great, dry weather with a lot of sun. The partially high daily temperatures were in change with lower night temperatures and created a tension for aromatic wines. The correct amount of extraction and maceration was crucial and some vintners have changed their maceration processes and made great wines with a lot of freshness. These vintners are amongst the winners of the vintage. If 2018 will belong to the greatest vintages in Bordeaux for the overall production might show the future. However already today there is a number of Châteaux performing 

1y 7m ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  52 wines 

Penfolds Grange 2006 / 100 points / This is classic, inimitable, perfect Grange. With its deep saturated colour, intensely fresh dark berry/ mocha/ paneforte/ roasted chestnut aromas, rich velvety palimpsest of flavours and wonderful vinosity, it evokes Max Schubert's "buoyant and ethereal" vision splendid. This is not just any wine. This is great lasting legend-making Grange; a beautifully aromatic and voluminous wine with superb fruit complexity, balance of weight, substance and texture. Seductive, elemental and expressive, it will further develop and improve beautifully over the forthcoming decades. This is a forty or fifty year wine at least. 100 points, Andrew Caillard MW

1y 10m ago

 Shun Lâu / Wine dealer, Wine Dealer (China)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château Troplong-Mondot 2009 / Producing a remarkable Saint-Emilion red wine from a 33-hectare vineyard, planted on the clay and limestone plateau east of Saint-Emilion, Château Troplong Mondot is an estate classified 1st Growth. The blend contains 86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.


This magnificent wine displays a very particular colour, that of black cherry with hints of violet. On the nose, the Château Troplong Mondot 2009 is deep, quite fresh and rich. One can detect notes of black fruits on the nose, along with wood, vanilla and spicy fragrances. On the palate, this wine is intense, showing great power. This wine is exceptionally rich with integrated, tight and sweet tannins. The wine offers an incredible length in the mouth, fine and very fruity.

1y 11m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  28 wines 

2017 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Ruby. Blueberries, anise, spices, floral, cassis, blackberries, nuanced, detailed, layered, intense yet delicate in a way. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, cassis, bright, detailed, blueberries, cassis, almost filigree with more power. Long. 95-97p

2y 6m ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Troplong-Mondot . In a tasting of  18 wines 

Cellar Devils 2018 tasting - Wines like Lafon Montrachet, La Chapelle 1978 & 1990, Caymus Special Selection 1990 & 1991 etc.

2y 6m ago

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