This morning has seen a number of releases and the publication of The Wine Advocate’s 2019 En Primeur review, with Lisa Perrotti-Brown calling it ‘an outstanding vintage.’ One of her wines of the vintage serendipitously enters the market at a brilliant price. La Mondotte has released today at a 33% discount to the 2018 release price, a staggering £696 difference per case of 12 or £58 per bottle. Indeed, the 2019 has been adorned with one of its finest ever scores from The Wine Advocate with Perrotti-Brown awarding it 97-99 points, commenting that it is ‘bursting onto the scene with flamboyant scents of plum pudding, blueberry compote, blackberry pie and red roses. Further swirling reveals provocative, emerging notes of sandalwood, cracked black pepper, baker’s chocolate, unsmoked cigars and crushed rocks plus a waft of black truffles… Breathtaking!’ This is reiterated by James Suckling who scores it 97-98, Neal Martin awards it a better score on par with 2010, 2015 and 2016 and equalling his 2018 score with 93-95. ‘This is another Saint-Émilion without a hair out of place, very sensual and for want of a better word, almost nubile…Excellent.’

This demonstrates how the 2019 highlights the quality of this St. Emilion powerhouse, and is released at a superb price. The average trading price of all vintages back to 2005 is £2,057, a 51% premium to today’s release price. The 93-95 scoring 2016 trades at £2,100, while the 99 scoring 2010 trades at £3,000. This would suggest a lower end of the banded score could see the wine trade up above the 2015 price of £1,700, with a score of 99 offering a long-term upside of over 100%, this is compelling indeed. We would expect a 25% increase in the short-term and as scarcity increases and the vintage improves in bottle, those who have taken an early position in the wine should be handsomely rewarded. What makes this price in 2019 all the more remarkable is that this 4.5 hectare micro -state produces less than 1,000 cases a year!

La MondotteWAJSNMReleasePricePOP
201493+96 £1,050£1,400108
201392-9494 £1,050£1,500115
20129595 £1,080£1,500100
200910098 £2,750£4,000200
20089693 £990£2,100131
200791n/a £960£1,500136
200693n/a 93£1,325£2,100162
200599n/a £2,050£2,950155

La Mondotte is one of the smallest vineyards in St.Emilion, sited east of the St. Emilion plateau, between Troplong-Mondot and Tertre-Roteboeuf. La Mondotte has soils rich in clay, with superb aspect and natural potential for creating super ripe Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The vineyard was purchased in 1971 by Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg, which passed to his son Stephan the Count of the Holy Roman Empire and the current proprietor and owner of Canon la Gaffeliere. In fact, in the 1990s Stephan tried to merge the two Estate into one, but was not permitted to, based on Canon la Gaffeliere having a Grand Cru Classe status and La Mondotte not. This rejection was followed by huge investment in La Mondotte, von Neipperg committed to showing La Mondotte’s potential. He installed a fermentation facility at La Mondotte, introduced biodynamic farming techniques, making La Mondotte a self-sustaining organically farmed vineyard. von Neipperg has been an exponent of modern winemaking techniques, embracing and experimenting with including micro-oxygenation, for a time, but now this moderation is tempered with tradition. It has also benefited from close involvement from oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt. La Mondotte is aged in 100% new French oak for an average 18 months, with no fining or filtering.

This resulted in the 1996 vintage, being awarded 97 points, marking a new era for La Mondotte, followed by the 1998 receiving 96 and the 2000 vintage 98+ from Robert Parker. Since then La Mondotte has been one of the highest scoring Estates in Bordeaux, receiving 99 points in 2005, 100 points in 2009 and 99 in 2010 from Robert Parker. In September 2012 La Mondotte was classified as Grand Cru Classe, one of only two Estates to earn the Premier Grand Cru Classe status. The average bottle of Chateau La Mondotte has seen a 150% rise in the last five years, off the back of its growing global cachet and critical acclaim.