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2005 Château La Mondotte

ITEM 7976913 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased from a private collector; Consignor is second owner

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
chao 2 $240 $480
3 $240
Item Sold Amount Date
I7982040 1 $240 Oct 24, 2021
I7976913 2 $240 Oct 17, 2021
I7900411 3 $270 Jul 25, 2021
I7858954 2 $270 Jun 13, 2021
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RATINGS

99Robert M. Parker Jr.

Super-rich and dense purple ...concentrated essence in both its aromatic and flavor profile of blackcurrant, black cherry, earth and spice. Full-bodied, pure...sweet, sweet tannin and a tremendously deep, full, layered personality.

96Stephen Tanzer

Extravagantly ripe nose dominated by black raspberry, blackberry, coffee and bitter chocolate. The palate offers a rare combination of freshness, sweetness and power...

95-100Wine Spectator

Fabulous aromas of blackberries and black licorice. Hints of flowers. Full-bodied, with lots of velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Massive. Pure fruit.

15Jancis Robinson

PRODUCER

Château La Mondotte

Château La Mondotte is owned by the Counts von Neipperg, an aristocratic family that also owns Clos de l’Oratoire and Château Canon-la-Gaffeliere, all in St.-Emilion. The family purchased the estates in 1971 but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they began improvements at La Mondotte, which is an 11-acre limestone vineyard with legendary terroir. By the mid-1990s La Mondotte was earning high praise from collectors and reviewers. Robert M. Parker Jr. rated the 1997 at 97 pts, and more recent vintages have also been widely acclaimed. La Mondotte is sometimes referred to as a "garagiste" wine because it is extremely high quality, produced in small amounts, and is classified only by its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, which is St.-Emilion. Vineyards are planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with vines that are on average 45 years old. About 9,500 bottles are produced each year.

REGION

France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion

Saint-Émilion is on the east side of the Dordogne River. At 13,400 acres it is one of Bordeaux’s largest appellations, and perhaps its most picturesque. It is also home to what has been called “the garagiste” movement of upstart, tradition-defying winemakers who produce artisanal wines in styles that are unconventional for the appellation. The village of Saint-Émilion dates from the middle ages and it sits on low hills, surrounded by ancient walls. Like its neighbor Pomerol, Saint-Émilion was not included in the famous Bordeaux classification system of 1855. But a century later a ranking system was put in place, and unlike the classification system for the Medoc, the Saint-Émilion system is reviewed every ten years, meaning that estates can be upgraded or downgraded. There are three rankings: Grand Cru Classé, Premier Grand Cru Classé B and Premier Grand Cru Classé A, with the final ranking being the best. Such legendary Saint-Émilion estates as Châteaux Ausone and Cheval-Blanc are Premier Grand Cru Classé A, along with Châteaux Pavie and Angélus, both added to the classification in 2012. Wines in this appellation are primarily Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.