Troplong-Mondot is one of the leading properties on the Right Bank, producing refined wines that are terroir focussed. Located in Saint Emilion, the estate has some of the finest terroir and occupies prime position on the St. Emilion plateau, where elevation and slope reach over 100 metres, the highest point in the appellation. The soil consists of layers of clay and boasts sedimentary fragments of limestone and flint. 43 hectares are planted with Merlot (90%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%). The Estate lies adjacent to Chateau Pavie and perennially makes a wine equal in quality, but at a fraction of the price. In fact, Troplong Mondot was once part of a bigger Domaine which also included the vineyards of Chateau Pavie. In 1850 a part of this Domaine was acquired by Raymond Troplong and thus Chateau Troplong Mondot was born.
The Chateau was owned by Christine Valette until her passing in 2014. She first hired Michel Rolland and then Jean-Philippe Fort to help guide the estate, and these astute moves resulted in a perfect 100 point score from Parker in 2005. In 2014, the estate was bought at a record price per hectare by the French insurance company SCOR. Aymeric de Gironde was then brought on, formerly of Pichon Baron and Cos d’Estournel, as well as consultant Thomas Duclot – the man largely behind the Chateau Canon renaissance. Much investment and changes were made at Troplong-Mondot, including the building of new cellars, the decision to harvest earlier and minimise extraction as well as a reduced use of new oak. Having previously been known for its rich and opulent style, this change to Troplong-Mondot’s winemaking was met by adoration from all markets with a string of successful vintages that are elegant and fresh yet still incredibly rich.