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  • Time

    18:40 PM
  • Wine average?

    98 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    6
  • Region Ranking?

    6
  • Popularity ranking?

    202

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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People

  • 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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