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La Mondotte St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Owned by Stephen von Neipperg, the 4.5 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of La Mondotte is located east of the St. Emilion limestone plateau. The terroir is predominately clay and silt with heavy deposits of limestone. The underground caves show the depths of the limestone, which is an integral part of the wines unique, mineral, driven character.

Interestingly, La Mondotte was purchased in 1971. This was at the same time as the other estates that form the nucleus of the St. Emilion vineyard holdings of the von Neipperg family that include Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere, Clos de l’Oratoire and Chateau Peyreau.

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Yet, while the other Right Bank estates of the von Neipperg family were producing strong wine by 1989, La Mondotte did not begin to show its potential until 1996. Of course, that was due to the fact that Stephan von Neipperg had not yet started working on the wines and vineyard of La Mondotte. Part of the reason for the delay was due to the need to spend time on the vineyards of Canon La Gaffeliere. In fact, prior to 1995, Stephan von Neipperg had even given thought to combining the vineyards of La Mondotte, (which was not yet a classified estate) and Canon La Gaffeliere. When that was not allowed, von Neipperg began serious efforts at improving the wine of La Mondotte, beginning in the vineyards.

The vineyard practices of La Mondotte are close to biodynamic, with the goal of having a completely, self sustaining vineyard. No chemical herbicides, pesticides or insecticides of any kind are used. La Mondotte is produced from very low yields. In fact, the wine is often produced by some of the lowest yields in St. Emilion. Many vintages have effective yields of under 20 hectoliters per hectare. These yields are lower than his famous, closest neighbors, Troplong Mondot and Larcis Ducasse.

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The 4.5 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of La Mondotte is planted to 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. There is an impressive array of old vines that are on average 50 years of age. No expense is spared in the vineyards or in the chai at La Mondotte. The fruit is double sorting before and after de-stemming. The fruit is never crushed. Whole berry fermentation takes place in in temperature-controlled, open top, French oak vats for an average of 29 days. Extraction is done by punching down the cap of skin. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak for about 18 months. There is no fining or filtering. The production of La Mondotte is small. Less than 1,000 cases are produced of this St. Emilion wine each year.

In September 2012, La Mondotte was classified as a Premier Grand Cru Classe wine. La Mondotte is one of only two wines that earned Premier Grand Cru Classe status, after having been a previously unclassified, St. Emilion wine. La Mondotte is a concentrated, ripe, rich and intense, minerality driven, style of Bordeaux wine that is unique to St. Emilion. La Mondotte requires at least 12-15 or more years before the wines soften and its true qualities begin to emerge.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 La Mondotte

    1. Smoke, cherry blossom, truffle and dark cherry aromas open the perfume. There is a good level of richness, minerality, depth of flavor, freshness and color that’s present from start to finish. Give this a few years and it should show better. From 100% Merlot, the wine was produced from yields of only 8 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.7% alcohol with a pH of 3.35 and is aging in 100% new French oak. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 La Mondotte

    1. With earth, broken stone, espresso bean, dark berries and supple tannins, there is a sense of purity of fruit, with only a hint of green in the finish. From a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. 94-95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 La Mondotte

    1. Polished, lush and deeply colored, the wine is packed with licorice, black raspberries, cherries and crushed stone notes in the perfume. There is a good concentration of flavor for the vintage that is on full display in the black cherry dominated, spicy finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. La Mondotte comes from a 4.5-hectare vineyard that realized yields of only18 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.9% alcohol and will aged in 100% new oak. This blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc has intense minerality, smoky black raspberry, truffle, oak, floral, cocoa and fresh black cherry aromatics. This is a concentrated, balanced, polished and forward vintage for La Mondotte. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  4. 2010 La Mondotte

    1. Inky, dark purple and opaque in color, the wine explodes with no decanting. It’s scary to think air and time will make this sublime wine even better. Aromas of boysenberry, creamy black raspberry, espresso, vanilla, truffle, flowers and stone open to a powerful, concentrated, full bodied, rich, intense wine with silky tannins, freshness and flavors that expand in the long, mouth coating finish. The owner Stephan Niepperg prefers 2010 to the 2009. I am not sure I agree, as I like the sensuality of the 2009, over the structure of the 2010. Regardless, either vintage offers an extraordinary expression of the estates limestone rich terroir. Based on a sublime 1964 tasted recently, this will age and develop for decades!

      98 points - Tasted
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    2. Dark color, this minerality based wine is complicated by scents of blackberry liqueur, flowers, spice and earth. With rich, plush textures and round tannins, this powerful, concentrated wine ends with layers of deep, spicy, black fruit and glycerin. I tasted this wine in April and later in July. According to the owner, Stephan von Neipperg, some vats of La Mondotte have not finished malolactic fermentation by July! 96-97 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. 2010 La Mondotte comes from a 4.5-hectare vineyard that produced wine in this vintage from the ridiculously low yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare from vines that average 70 years of age. 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc formed the assemblage that will be aged in 100% new oak. The wine reached 14.% alcohol, but with one of the lowest pH numbers I found in this vintage, 3.2, there is a lot of freshness and pop to this wine. Inky black with purple accents, licorice, stone, black fruit, jam, spice and mocha aromas rocket from the glass. Concentrated with luscious, ripe, opulent berries, this tannic wine is expansive on the palate, finishing with waves of fresh, pure black cherry liqueur, licorice and minerality. I asked Neipperg if producing a wine like this was risky. He responded with a smile saying, “No risk, no fun.” 96-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 La Mondotte

    1. Inky in color, the wine explodes with notes of spice box, coffee, licorice, blackberry, blue fruit and stone. In the mouth, the wine coats your palate with thick, concentrated, juicy, fat, layers of lush, velvet textured fruit, finishing with a fresh, long, pure, intense, polished finish. This is clearly the best vintage for La Mondotte yet. I timed the finish twice and both times, the wine remained on my palate for over 60 seconds! This elixir has inched up 1 Pt ever time I tasted it, over the past 3 years. That is a very strong trend.

      99 points - Tasted
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    2. Pitch black in color, minerality, licorice, boysenberry liqueur, blackberry, chocolate, blackberry jam, smoke, earth, vanilla and floral scents grab your attention as soon as the wine leaves the bottle. Thick, with the weight of motor oil, this incredibly concentrated, rich wine is dense, focused, pure and structured to age. Produced from one of lowest yields in St. Emilion at 18 hectoliters per hectare, this is a contender for the best vintage of La Mondotte I have ever tasted!

      98 points - Tasted
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    3. Crushed stone, floral, blackberry, plum and spice in the nose. This powerful, full bodied, intense, packed and stacked St. Emilion wine is filled with juicy, ripe black raspberries, cherry, spice, minerality and plums.

      97 points - Tasted
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    4. 2009 La Mondotte comes from a 4.5 hectare vineyard planted at a density ranging from 5,500 to 7,500 vines per hectare on clay and limestone soils. The property is located directly above Pavie-Decesse and across the road from Bellevue-Mondotte. Net yields in 2009 were a whopping 18 hls/ha. Malo was carried out in 100% new oak. The wine will be aged on the fine lees for an estimated 18 months. From 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc, the wine is inky dark. The perfume starts with black raspberry, mineral, spice, and forest aromatics, then builds in the nose and mouth. Concentrated with multiple layers of stone and fruit, this La Mondotte is fresh, intense, and powerful, filled with crushed rocks and blackberry jam. It’s silky, round, lush. A serious wine requiring aging. The purity of its fruit is stunning. 95-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 La Mondotte

    1. 2008 La Mondotte expresses intense minerality, jammy black fruit, floral, licorice and floral aromas. Powerful and intense, this minerality based wine ends with dark cherry, black fruit and fresh picked blueberry. 95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. 08 La Mondotte is a blend of 78% merlot with 22% cabernet franc and a dab of old vine malbec. This intense wine derives its character from its almost pure limestone soils. Inky black, with mineral, berry, and earthy scents, the wine has a lot to offer. In the mouth, this rich, concentrated wine expresses a lot of pure black and red fruit with an exotic hint of orange peel and mineral essences. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  7. 2003 La Mondotte

    1. Earthy, smoky, plummy, stone filled aromatics, plush, soft, round textures and a sweet, ripe, mineral driven finish are delivered with this wine. This has developed quickly for La Mondotte, which normally takes quite a while to show its charms.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. Very concentrated with a backbone to age. Lots of depth, complexity, concentration, tannin and with everything in balance. This is a wine that will age and develop into something very special. This wine has class and style. I only wish I could afford it. Oh well... At least I got to taste it!

      96 points - Tasted
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  8. 2001 La Mondotte

    1. Still deep in color, with a nose of coconut, crushed rock, coffee bean, black cherry and floral notes, the wine is fresh, sweet and ripe, with a mineral intensive, black cherry and plum finish. Another few years of bottle age is not a bad idea...

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. This is one of the most open vintages for La Mondotte. An expensive, small production wine that is seldom tasted. Dark berry, stone, fennel and plum aromatics coupled with soft textures and a finish of plum essence, spice and minerality.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 2000 La Mondotte

    1. Inky in color, licorice, blackberry jam, stone, earth, truffle and mineral scents permeate the aromatics. In the mouth, this fresh, youthful wine is intense, polished, sophisticated, stony and concentrated. The pure, fresh, packed and stacked, ripe, spice filled finish remains in your mouth for over 40 seconds. Give this at least another 5 more years of bottle age.

      96 points - Tasted
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    2. This is stuffed to the gills with all the right stuff. Deep, dark and filled with perfectly ripe black fruit, minerality, floral and licorice tones. Still young, another decade will help this concentrated wine develop unique layers of complexity.

      96 points - Tasted
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  10. 1998 La Mondotte

    1. Rich in texture and filled with minerality, ripe plums, flowers, licorice and black cherries. The wine is concentrated, long and filled with the essence of minerality, spice and ripe berries. It's starting to enter prime time drinkability.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. Decanted 2 hours before tasting, the wine is deep in color and filled with fresh flowers, boysenberry, stone, smoke, licorice, cherry liqueur, wood, smoked herbs, and underbrush, this fragrant wine is packed with ripe, fresh berries and minerality. Sophisticated, refined and powerful, the wine ends in a long, limestone filled, fresh, ripe, pure, expression of fruit. At 14, this unique, structured, mineral driven, expression of St. Emilion will be better with another 5-10 more years of bottle age.

      96 points - Tasted
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    3. Formerly big, powerful and brooding, this beautiful wine has blossomed into a mineral driven wine. Intense blackberry liqueur, licorice and earthy aromatics are paired with a concentrated, structured and powerful wine. Big and dense, yet balanced and pure. Still young, this wine will continue gaining additional levels of complexity over the next decade or two.

      95 points - Tasted
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  11. 1996 La Mondotte

    1. Floral, crushed rock, plum and boysenberry aromas pop with little effort. This is a concentrated, deep, full bodied wine that is still young. With time in the glass and decanter, it fleshed out. In style, it's packed with minerality and plums. It's a very precise wine with a unique mineral driven personality combined with purity of fruit.

      94 points - Tasted
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    2. La Mondotte opens with intense minerality essences complicated by blackberry liqueur, truffle, tobacco, espresso bean and forest floor aromas. On the palate, this impressive, concentrated wine offers layers of pure black plums and licorice. At 15, this wine is only now starting to show its potential. In a difficult year for the Right Bank, this is a contender for the top wine from St. Emilion or Pomerol for 1996. This is the debut vintage for Stephan von Neipperg that allowed him to try getting the true character from this previously ignored estate

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. Opaque, dense, deep, black ruby color. Raspberries, cherries, coffee, licorice, caramel and herbs on the nose. Massive layers of thick, ripe, black fruit, plums and minerality. Tannic, structured and built to age.

      96 points - Tasted
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  12. 1961 La Mondotte

    1. My second time was this impossible to find wine. The first bottle was corked. This is all about the cigar box, truffle, tobacco and cherry character, with its soft tones and textures. There is a lushness to the texture and depth of flavor that leaves an impression.

      92 points - Tasted
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