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The Story

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.


Vintage 1999

Bordeaux 1999/ The last year of the millennium was strange. The entire Bordeaux region had very good water reserves after a wet winter. Then, budburst in May under warm temperatures indicated a huge harvest. The weather became even warmer towards summer with some humidity. After early flowering at the end of May, storms made it difficult to pick berries. Then the heat wave followed with humidity and mildew problems in August. The weather changed to ideally dry and sunny well before harvest. Unfortunately, the harvest was largely spoiled by violent autumn storms with hail destroying the harvest of many vineyards on the Right Bank. The quality of the grapes in all regions remains at the same level despite the storms.

This vintage offered more than a hundred wines which are very pleasant at the moment. On the other hand, the fluctuation in quality between the wines was surprising.


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"Red wine with a quite developed colour here. It still has a quite dense ruby-red centre, but towards the rim it is rather tawny. Starting to fading a little bit, so it indicates a certain age. Really fine nose here it is certainly indicating maturity here, and I would first of all say complex. It is actually blending a lot of different things together here. I pick up some damp tobacco, cedar wood, almost like cigar box, with some leather, some earthy notes, smoke, truffle. There is also quite vigorous fruit. Still have a lot of wild berry notes in there. We still have a good density on the palate. Finely distributed tannin. So plenty of extract, but a good maturity here. A lot of those wild berry notes, with those fine spices; spice box, with tobacco and wood. So quite sophisticated I would say at this stage. It should probably reach twelve, fifteen years somewhere in that direction. So complex and layered, with a very long finish. I think the strength here is really that it starts out here quite powerful with copious amount of fruit, but it truly has a very long finish with nuance and spiciness. So a mature and sophisticated wine to enjoy today."

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This attractive, elegant wine displays a deep, blue-purple colour. On the nose, it reveals subtle hints of vanilla and black cherries and a touch of smoke against a backdrop of nicely integrated oak. Dense on the palate with forest-floor and truffles notes in a velvety mouth-feel. Moderate tannins providing a gentle balance with the concentrated style of the wine.
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