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2015 Château Troplong-Mondot

Light signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

ITEM 8292382 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Amount Total
$115
Item Sold Amount Date
I8354335 1 $100 Jul 31, 2022
I8215240 1 $115 May 8, 2022
I8201576 2 $115 May 1, 2022
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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...sensational bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, licorice and spring flowers, it’s another huge wine from this estate that has perfect balance between its fruit, oak and tannin, a stacked mid-palate, and an incredible finish...crazy goo...has enough fruit and texture to drink nicely...

98James Suckling

Expressive, ripe dark plums swathed in aromas of mocha, toasted baking spices, graphite, blackberries and mulberries. The flavor-soaked palate arrives on suave, velvety tannins, delivering flavors of vibrant, concentrated dark plums, mulberries, dark chocolate and cocoa in a youthful, fresh style. Terrific wine with ultra-long finish. An essay in power and elegance...

96The Wine Advocate

...redolent of warm plums, blackberry tart and blueberry pie with suggestions of underbrush, bay leaves, cedar chest and lavender plus a waft of baking spices. Full-bodied and full-throttle in the mouth, the palate is decadently packed with a solid core of black and blue fruit layers, supported with firm, grainy tannins and finishing with loads of spicy layers...

96Wine Enthusiast

... Its density, concentration and layers of dark fruits are all of a piece, held together by powerful tannins. Touches of black coffee and spice emphasize the richness of the fruit and the opulent aftertaste.

95Wine Spectator

Offers a gorgeous, caressing, velvety feel, with waves of warmed plum, fig compote and blackberry reduction gliding through, inlaid with notes of graphite, sweet tobacco and black licorice. A light loamy echo adds a pleasant tug of earth at the very end.

93Vinous / IWC

... The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, fresh and very elegant with a touch of spice and white pepper toward the persistent finish...

PRODUCER

Château Troplong-Mondot

ChâteauTroplong-Mondot was elevated to Premier Grand Cru of the St.-Emilion appellation in 2006. With almost 70 acres, the estate is one of the largest in St.-Emilion, on the right bank of the Gironde River that bisects Bordeaux. The vineyards are on a steep hillside that rises to 100 meters, and the soils are a thick limestone layer under dense clay. The château itself was built in the 18th century though it takes part of its name from Raymond Troplong, who acquired it in 1850 and continued the estate’s reputation for making excellent wine. Today the estate is owned by the Valette family, which also owns Château Pavie, adjacent to the Troplong-Mondot estate. The vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. About 90,000 bottles of Château Troplong-Mondot are produced annually. The estate also makes a second wine, simply called Mondot, which typically wins compliments from reviewers. Up to 30,000 bottles of Mondot are produced annually.

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.