Unbelievable nose of black truffle, meat and blackberry. Breathtaking. Full-bodied and very tight, with superpolished tannins and a finish that goes on for minutes. Really is exceptional. Still a baby; give it years. I am blown away. Keeps coming…
An amazing tour de force in winemaking, this massive, opaque black/purple-colored offering boasts an extraordinarily pure nose of black fruits intermixed with cedar, vanillin, fudge, and espresso. It is unctuously-textured, with exhilarating levels of blackberry/cassis fruit and extract, as well as multiple dimensions that unfold on the palate. The 50-second finish reveals moderately high tannin. Despite its similarity to dry vintage port, it is not a wine to drink early. It is a colossal wine! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. The ultimate garage wine, La Mondotte is ultra-concentrated, frightfully expensive, yet worth every cent.
La Mondotte is a small producer from the famous Bordeaux appellation of Saint-Émilion, and what makes them unique is their single red grand vin from Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The winery’s limited case production along with critical acclaim in recent decades has heightened its popularity and price, making the estate all the more in demand. Although the winery has been mentioned in historical text dating back to 1868, it wasn’t until 1996 that the La Mondotte winery was actually built. Today, the property owns nearly 12 acres of vineyards on clay-limestone soils that, combined with exceptional sunshine, make for early and complete ripening ideal for Merlot from Bordeaux. The winery is proud to farm organic and do what they can to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
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