Aged in 77% new and 23% of one year-old French oak barrels and composed of 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Troplong Mondot has a deep garnet-purple color and comes bursting out of the glass with bold preserved plums, Black Forest cake and Indian spices scents plus suggestions of espresso, black olives, cigar box and tilled soil. Full-bodied, rich, plushly textured and oh-so-decadent, it packs in the spiced black fruit layers and finishes with fantastic persistence. 2022 - 2047
|Score: 95+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim No), November 2018|
The 2016 Troplong-Mondot is a blend of 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc cropped at 48 hectoliters per hectare between 3-27 October, matured in 77% new oak. It has a decadent bouquet that seems to carry more alcohol than its peers, very pure and floral and miraculously managing to maintain satisfying delineation. The palate is underpinned by enormous tannins! This is a massive Troplong Mondot that is very dense and sinewy, a bit of a "bruiser" in its infancy. It exerts a vice-like grip in the mouth with layers of fruit laced with black pepper on the prolonged finish. What's the Spinal Tap quote about turning everything up to eleven? This is a Saint Emilion that will either transform into a legend or will topple over by the sheer weight of the tannins, which is why I gave a slightly enlarged banded score. I'll be fascinated to re-taste this in bottle.
Drink Date 2024 - 2045
|Score: 93/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (230), April 2017|
Tar and blackberries here on the palate with very polished tannins and dense, beautiful fruit. Tight and centered. Wow. Can it be better than the 2015? We will see.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2017|
The 2016 Troplong Mondot is one of the most intense, primary wines I tasted this year. At this early stage, the 2016 tastes like it was just drained from tank, as the flavors and textures are remarkably intense. The malos are not fully finished, which is quite normal here. Even so, the purity of the flavors is striking. Plush, sensual and inviting, the 2016 is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Super-ripe dark purplish fruit, chocolate, new leather and spice overtones build into the huge, dramatic finish. As always, Troplong Mondot is one of the most flamboyant Saint-Émilions readers will come across. Macerations lasted between 21 and 35 days, with a portion of the wine vinified in 600-liter barrels. Jean-Philippe Fort is the consultant. Tasted three times.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2017|
Dark glowing purple. Really taken to the limit of ripeness! Some gaminess and a velvety texture with a strong green streak running through it. Not a comfortable whole. As though exceptional sugar levels were the be all and end all. Not fun to drink, alas.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2017|
The very well situated Troplong Mondot vineyard produces concentrated St Emilions under the control of consultant wine-maker Michel Rolland. The black coloured wines made here are not for those who prefer the more traditional, subtle style of St Emilion. 90% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon with 80% new oak. As we have come to expect from this Chateau, it is a concentrated, inky wine with menthol, camphor and damson on the nose. The tar-like concentration brings liquorice, star anise and exuberant blackcurrant fruit. Bracing, mouthcoating tannins add to the ripe extraction on the palate. This is a big wine, but is impressive rather than over-extracted. Of its style, but still in balance.
|Score: 15.5+||Farr Vintners, April 2017|
I was able to taste the 2016 Troplong Mondot at the estate and it looks to be a perfect wine in the making. Offering an incredible bouquet of black and blue fruits, violets, espresso and graphite, this monster hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, yet just glides over the palate with ultra-fine tannin. With awesome purity of fruit and perfect balance, it’s a drop dead gorgeous barrel sample.
|Score: 97/100||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The nose is firm the start of the palate tight with fresh fruits in the middle. There is underlying sweetness a mix of red and black fruits but the back palate is firm and lacking in generosity. 2025-36
|Score: 85/87||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2017|
Consistently among the later pickers, with a preference for rich, opulent super ripe flavours, even Troplong-Mondot has made a more balanced wine in 2016. It’s still ripe and a little figgy, with marked alcohol and lots of new oak, but there’s more freshness and poise than usual here. 2022-30
|Score: 92||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2017|
This is stunning. Troplong never has trouble conjuring up wonderfully rich fruit, but here it is plump and dense without being pumped up. The tannins are chewy rather than chalky, but the elegance of the vintage is unmistakable, and the rich chocolate flavours are dusted with mint. There is a very pretty salinity on the finish that lasts for minutes. I had a fascinating visit here at the start of the week, and retasted several times as this is a wine that I sometimes have trouble understanding. My main takeout is that the majority of the richness here is found naturally in the terroir - limestone on the plateau but with cool clay over the top, which explains why they are such late harvesters. But there are always winemaking and viticultural choices coming into play in any wine, and here there are adjustments being made to bring out a more finely wrought version of what is always a high impact and successful wine. Yields are higher this year, up at 48hl/ha, which helps, as does the style of the vintage and quieter extraction in the cellar, but Troplong remains true to itself. 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Drinking Window 2027 - 2050
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2017|