La Mondotte 2016

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

This super-cuvée is made by the Canon La Gaffelière team from 4.5 hectares of 60 year old vines - 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. The tiny vineyard is situated near to Troplong Mondot and Tertre Roteboeuf. It burst onto the scene at the height of the garage wine boom with a monster 1996. Annual production is usually less than 1000 cases.


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Bordeaux2016La MondotteBT202,450.00cs93/95 NMAdd to Basket
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Tasting Notes

The 2016 La Mondotte is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September and 15 October and matured in 70% new oak. The alcohol level is around 14.5%. It has a lucid purple hue in the glass. The bouquet is very perfumed, very pure with luscious red cherries, blueberry and a hint of sloes, the new oak discrete and allowing the terroir to shine through perhaps more than the 2015 last year. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, but underneath the bonnet, there is considerable tannic backbone that certainly can be felt more towards the finish that exerts a light grip. In a strange way, it reminds me a little of Château Canon! Give this 4-5 years once in bottle. Drink Date 2022 - 2050

Score: 93/95Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017

There’s a vibrance and brilliance that gives this wine focus and energy. Medium body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and beautiful finish. Very fine.

Score: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017

The 2016 La Mondotte is exceptionally beautiful today. Chalk, limestone and a host of soil-driven notes make La Mondotte one of the most distinctive wines of the vintage. The 2016 is remarkably translucent for such a big wine. It offers plenty of the signature darkness, but it is also brisk and full of energy.

Score: 94/97Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017

This super-cuvée is made by the Canon La Gaffelière team from 4.5 hectares of 60 year old vines - 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. The tiny vineyard is situated near to Troplong Mondot and Tertre Roteboeuf. It burst onto the scene at the height of the garage wine boom with a monster 1996. Annual production is usually less than 1000 cases. Glass-staining depth of colour, which follows with tar, cocoa, and damson on the nose. The palate is extremely concentrated, powerful and sappy in tannin structure. Tar, incense and figs, with a very smoky, dry and woody finish. This is a wine that will only appeal to lovers of the highly-extractive style of winemaking.

Score: 14Farr Vintners, February 2017

Big fat blowsy the nose has rich fruit the start of the palate is fleshy but behind the sweetness the tannins are firm drying the back palate tight the finish firm dry and lacking length. It is lacks balance. 2025-37

Score: 84/88Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017

Some of the Merlot vines used to make this famous organic red are more than 100 years’ old and it shows in the density and concentration of the wine. Very hard to taste young, it’s a monumental, powerful, richly upholstered blend with layers of firm tannin, stylish coffee bean oak and balancing acidity. 2026-38

Score: 93Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017

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