The 2019 Mondot derives from Merlot growing on newly acquired vineyards on Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau that can't be included in the grand vin until the region's new classification is finalized. Offering up aromas of wild berries, rose petals and coniferous forest floor, it's medium to full-bodied, lively and succulent, with a supple, charming profile and a penetrating finish.
The 2019 Mondot has an expressive nose with blackberry, raspberry, sous-bois and cedar scents that give it a subtle Left Bank allure. The palate is medium-bodied with bitter red fruit, angular tannins, a bit tough and rough around the edges. It steps to a different beat to others. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting. Drink 2024-2034.
Pure merlot with plenty of berry and stone character. Medium-bodied with round tannins that spread across the palate. Creamy texture and a delicious, savory finish. 40% no wood. So drinkable now.
The 2019 Mondot is 100% Merlot and was aged 60% in 1-year-old barrels and 40% in tank. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it offers up black cherries, redcurrant jelly, and red plums, with spritely nuances of wet slate, roses, and Sichuan pepper and a waft of wild sage. Medium-bodied, it is delicately styled and refreshing with bags of bright, crunchy fruits and grainy tannins supported by compelling freshness, finishing with a minerally lift. This wine was not released en primeur and will be available in September 2022.
Tasted blind. Complex but non-flashy aroma. Just a little heavy and lacks lift but ticks the boxes. Hint of yeast-extract savour. Quite long! 14.5%
Drink 2026– 2040
100% Merlot. Barrel sample.
Fragrant nose with a red-berry, burgundian-Pinot touch. Palate exudes the chalky freshness of the soil (pure Merlot on pure limestone). Persistent saline edge. Tannins a little chalky/dusty but refreshing, salivating finish. A singular, distinctive style. (JL)