Not far off the magical 2015, the 2016 La Mondotte comes from a tiny vineyard of clay and limestone soil located next to Pavie Decesse. A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this behemoth boasts a deep purple color as well as a brilliant array of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, crushed rocks, and graphite. Full-bodied and beautifully concentrated, with liquid minerality emerging with time in the glass, this legendary Saint-Emilion in the making needs 5-7 years of bottle age and will keep for 3-4 decades. Drink 2024-2064.
|Score: 98+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, March 2019|
The 2016 La Mondotte is open and generous on a nose of intense black cherries, boysenberry, tobacco and cedar. With aeration, this becomes more refined and loses its initial boisterousness. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine bead of acidity and plenty of sumptuousness, although I find it a little curt and abrupt on the finish, where I am seeking more persistence. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. 2022 - 2035
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, August 2020|
The 2016 La Mondotte was aged in 70% new oak for 17 months and bottled in May 2018. The nose flirts with overripeness, hints of canned prune tincturing the black fruit, but just pulls back from the brink. There is something slightly ripasso about it. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded and sumptuous in style, delivering lush tannin and black cherries and cassis fruit infused with marmalade and sloes. This is a luscious, luxurious La Mondotte, although I prefer the Canon-la-Gaffelière this year. Drink 2022-2035.
|Score: 93||Neal Martin, vinous.com (Jan 2019), January 2019|
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: 93/95||Neal 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: 96/97||James 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: 94/97||Antonio 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: 14||Farr 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: 84/88||Derek 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: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|