A very youthful wine that probably will never hit the heights of the 1990 (but how many wines do?), this dense ruby/purple-colored wine has a very pure nose of roasted espresso, black cherry jam, blackberry, mineral, and even a hint of blueberry. Some smoke and high-quality toasty new oak are there, but now that seems to be fading into the background. Quite full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, yet at the same time elegant, this wine still seems very young and unevolved. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025. Last tasted, 11/02.
Château Troplong Mondot finds its home in Saint-Émilion, and its colorful history dates back to the 17th century when it was founded by the Sèze family. The estate has changed ownership multiple times over the generations, but under the current ownership there has been a push to embrace contemporary winemaking techniques. 1989 marked the first great vintage of the modern era and they haven’t looked back since. The revamping and reconstruction was completed in 2008. The Troplong Mondot team has learned to embrace their unique, cool, last to harvest terroir to produce rich, dark and sumptuous wines.
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