Glass-staining deep purple in the glass, with a nose of sweet vanilla, char and tarry damsons. The palate is high octane and rich, with a full body and high alcohol. This is a real blockbuster of concentrated cassis, coconut and cherry cola. The tannins are balanced, ripe and chalky, and let the liquorice, menthol and raisined fruit power through to a long finish, which is warming and very smoky.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Wow. This is very dense and powerful with linear tannins and vivid acidity that run straight through the center of the wine. It’s full-bodied with great freshness. Loads of blackberry character and a salty-mineral undertone. Extremely long in the finish.
|Score: 97/98||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Mondotte is one of the highlights in this vintage. A rich, extravagant Saint-Émilion, La Mondotte retains a surprising amount of nuance and detail for a wine of its size. Crème de cassis, lavender, mint, spice and licorice all run through this sumptuous, full-throttle wine. Bright saline notes add energy and vibrancy. Simply put, the 2018 is stunning.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Black core with narrow purple rim. Very ripe black fruit, so much so that it's got a touch of black olive. But also spice and dark chocolate. Rich and complex. Powerful and surprisingly juicy but the tannins are just a touch hard on the finish – perhaps it's the alcohol effect?
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Mondotte is another incredibly classy wine from proprietor Stefan von Neipperg and comes from a beautiful terroir situated above Pavie Decesse. A blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc brought up in 70% new French oak, it offers a seamless display of crème de cassis, crushed violets, and a liquid rock-like minerality. Full-bodied, with massive amounts of fruit, full-bodied richness, and building tannins, it’s an infant and will require 4-6 years of bottle age, but it’s a brilliant Saint-Émilion that will keep for 2-3 decades.
|Score: 95/97+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(75 Merlot, 25 Cabernet Franc) | 70% new oak | 14.5% alc | Harvested between 20th September and 5th October | Certified Organic As always, the fruit is densely packed, powerful and wild in this wine and in 2018 it is fiercely tannic, too. Built from sturdy ingredients, this is a muscular wine, but it is possible to see the tender fruit inside its hulking frame. The nose is super-ripe and the fruit is coulis-like with its intensity and while it is an incredibly youthful creation, the balance of all of the constituent elements is there.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|