This morning sees the release of Chateau Troplong Mondot, one of the most exciting Estates in Bordeaux and a St. Emilion Grand Cru with the highest pedigree. It is sited adjacent to Pavie on the slopes of the village of St Emilion and perennially makes a wine equal in quality, but at a fraction of the price. It is famed for its high preponderance of Merlot with a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. It is not surprising therefore that the ‘magic Merlot’ in 2020 has resulted in a brilliant wine, resoundingly loved by the critics.
Jane Anson has awarded it 97 points calling it “utterly gorgeous”, Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate awards it 95-97+ points suggesting it could get one of its highest ever scores from them. Neal Martin of Vinous Media awards it 94-96 proclaiming it is excellent”, while James Suckling awards it a brilliant 98-99 points. Finally, Jeb Dunnuck awards it 96-98 points saying, “I’d wager the finest vintage here since the 2015, then the 2009.” The 2009 trades at £1,250 while the 2015 is already trading at £960 per case of 12. The price today on release is £864 per case of 12 or £432 per six, offering plenty of incentive to buy and secure on release. Indeed, the smart money is going heavily into the right bank in 2022 and we view Troplong Mondot as one of the best buys of the campaign. Troplong Mondot produces only 7,000 cases a year and sells out very quickly on release.

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Chateau Troplong Mondot is one of the hottest properties on the right bank. It is a leading St. Emilion, sited amongst the finest terroir in the village, occupying prime position on the St. Emilion plateau, where elevation and slope reach over 100 metres, the highest point in the St. Emilion appellation. The vineyards consist of layers of clay and boast sedimentary fragments of limestone and flint. With this terroir it is no surprise it became a darling in all markets famed for its rich and impressive style.

It reached its apex in the 1990s and then 2000s when the owner Christine Valette first hired Michel Rolland and then Jean-Philippe Fort to help guide the estate through the noughties which saw a perfect 100-point score from Robert Parker in 2005. In 2014 Christine Valette sadly passed away, leading to the acquisition by SCOR, the French Insurance company at a record price per hectare. They brought in Aymeric de Gironde formerly of Pichon Baron and Cos d’Estournel and Thomas Duclot as consultant, a man who is largely behind the Chateau Canon renaissance. They immediately started to build new cellars revolutionising the Chateau. Further changes have been made in the wine, they are now picking much earlier, extraction is minimised and new oak dialled right back. It is a style to love, for the modernity, freshness, elegance and beautiful fruit purity. The change was instantly met by adoration from all markets and the 2017, 2018 and 2019 became roaring successes.