2005 Troplong-Mondot 750ml

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2005 Troplong-Mondot

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International Wine Cellar | 96

($229-$400) Full ruby-red. Spectacularly ripe nose offers plum jam, minerals, licorice, mocha and a whiff of game, all lifted by exotic flowers. Explosively ripe and sweet in the mouth, with uncanny fullness and depth to the flavors of raspberry, smoke and milk chocolate. A blockbuster of a wine with a three-dimensional texture and outstanding weight but with almost magically ripe acidity giving great precision to the flavors and drawing out the finish. Incredible melting tannins saturate the palate and front teeth. Wonderfully suave wine, the best I've ever tasted from this chateau.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Jancis Robinson | 18

Very dark crimson. Very full and dense and serious!!! Dry rather than sweet. Great undertow of strength yet fabulous balance. Lots of dry tannin on the finish – this wine isn’t nearly ready – but it has real complexity. Long. But it clenched up in the glass.

Drink Dates: 2016-2032
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 99

This estate was justifiably elevated to a Premier Grand Cru Classe in the new St.-Emilion classification thanks to the exceptional efforts of proprietress Christine Valette over the last two decades. The 2005 is one of the monumental wines of the vintage, and may eclipse their prodigious 1990. Inky/blue/purple-colored with an exceptional bouquet of Asian spices, blueberries, blackberries, truffles, cold steel, graphite, and charcoal, it hits the palate with exceptional purity, laser-like precision, a compellingly concentrated, multilayered mouthfeel, a broad, savory texture, terrific acidity, and substantial, but sweet tannins. It lives up to everything it revealed in barrel, and appears set to live for a half century or more.

Drink Dates: 2018-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 96

Exhibits aromas of coffee, ripe fruit, wild mushroom and blackberry. Dark and very complex. Full-bodied and chewy, yet velvety and beautiful, with intense flavors of blackberry, chocolate and tobacco. Very, very long This is layered and gorgeous. 6,250 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 94
Author: Billy the Kid
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/19/2013
Score: 98
Author: dave1161
Trust Rating: 14
Tasted On: 12/24/2008

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Score: 87
Author: Daniel F397
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/18/2008
Sweeter, lighter fruit than many of the others with a ton of tannin that will of course calm down with age. Just didn'tget this one right now.

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More Vintages and Sizes of Troplong-Mondot:

2010 (750ml)
1997 (750ml)
1989 (750ml)

About This Producer


This St. Emilion estate, which dates back to 1745, was once part of the larger domaine that included Chateau Pavie. A century later it was bought by Raymond Troplong, whose name was added to the label. Later, Alexandre Valette, a Parisian vintner, bought the estate in 1980, his great-granddaughter Christine took over the estate. In 2006 the vineyard was selected to Premier Grand Cru Classe status. Thick limestone and dense clay make this vineyard perfect for growing Merlot (which comprises 90% of the vineyards). Wines produced from this estate are powerful and contain complex tannins. The remaining plantings are divided equally between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1985 the chateau introduced the second label Mondot, which has gained clout as a grand cru in its own right. More recently Christine Valette has produced a rose called Le Clairet de Mondot.

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