The 2016 Troplong Mondot has a very pretty bouquet of black cherries, boysenberry, crushed stone and light violet aromas that gains vigor with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied and a little fresher than I recall from barrel, with fine tannin and gentle grip on a poised, lightly spiced finish that just feels a little heavy. While I thoroughly enjoy this Troplong, it carries all the remnants of the style of winemaking under Xavier Pariente where everything it is turned up too high. I suspect it will be surpassed by the 2017. 15.5% alcohol.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045
Robert Parker 95+
Aged in 77% new and 23% of one year-old French oak barrels and composed of 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Troplong Mondot has a deep garnet-purple color and comes bursting out of the glass with bold preserved plums, Black Forest cake and Indian spices scents plus suggestions of espresso, black olives, cigar box and tilled soil. Full-bodied, rich, plushly textured and oh-so-decadent, it packs in the spiced black fruit layers and finishes with fantastic persistence.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2047