La Mondotte St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about La Mondotte St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe, Bordeaux with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on their vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

La Mondotte History, Overview

Owned by Stephan von Neipperg, the 4.5 hectare Bordeaux vineyard of La Mondotte is located just east of the Saint Emilion limestone plateau. The terroir is predominately clay and silt with heavy deposits of limestone in the soil. To really gain an understand of La Mondotte, the underground caves show the tremendous depths of the limestone, which is an integral part of the wines unique, mineral, driven character.

Interestingly, La Mondotte was purchased in 1971 by Joseph-Hubert von Neipperg, the father of Stephan von Neipperg. This was obtained 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 lOratoire and Chateau Peyreau. In Cotes de Castillon, they own Chateau dAiguilhe.

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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 by the INAO, Stephan von Neipperg began his serious efforts at improving the quality of wine from La Mondotte, beginning with work in the vineyards.

The vineyard practices of La Mondotte are close to using only biodynamic farming techniques, with the goal of having a completely, self sustaining, organically farmed vineyard. No chemical herbicides, pesticides or insecticides of any kind are used. In 2014, La Mondotte was certified as being 100% Organic. The wine of La Mondotte is always produced from very low yields. In fact, the wine is often produced with some of the lowest yields in Saint Emilion. Many vintages have effective yields of under 20 hectoliters per hectare. These yields are lower than the estate’s famous, closest neighbors, Chateau Troplong Mondot and Chateau Larcis Ducasse.

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La Mondotte Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

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 more than 50 years of age. They have old vines that are almost 70 years of age. The terroir is deep limestone with clay soils. No expense is spared in the vineyards or in the chai at La Mondotte.

To produce the wine of La Mondotte, the fruit is sorted before and after de-stemming. The grapes are never crushed. Whole berry fermentation takes place 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 of La Mondotte is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for an average of 18 months before bottling. 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 Grand Cru wine.

The best vintages of La Mondotte are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001, 2000 and 1998. While impossible to find, older vintages like 1964 and 1961 have been great. I would suggest you avoid the years from 1995 to 1964, as those vintages are not worth the money being asked today.

The Character and Style of La Mondotte

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.

When to Drink La Mondotte, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

La Mondotte is much better with at least 12-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. La Mondotte offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 15-40 years of age after the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Chateau La Mondotte with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Mondotte is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau La Mondotte is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. La Mondotte is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Stephan von Neipperg is quite busy as he has recently taken on non Bordeaux wineries to work with. He is involved in a Bulgarian winery and vineyard planted to Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in the Bessa Valley. The top wine is sold under the name of Enira. In 2005 Stephan von Neipperg added South Africa to the list of wine regions he consults, when he began working with Capaia Wines in the Stellenbosch appellation. In 2015, Stephan von Neipperg announced he was going to become an investor and partner in Capaia Wines, which produce wines from Bordeaux grape varietals.

La Mondotte Wine Tasting Notes

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2016La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97 pts

Sensual, concentrated, luscious, deep and focused, this is another hot librarian in lingerie. Precise, with layers of velvet-textured plum and black cherries, the wine is decadent with freshness and lift with a strong sensation of crushed stone to add complexity. The finish leaves you with a feeling of self-indulgence. Sophisticated, sleek and ready with succulence, this darkly colored wine was produced from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.4. The harvest took place September 29 to October 15.

97 points - Tasted
2015La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)99 pts

Well on its way to hit tripe digits, the wine is still opaque in color. Dense, intense and fresh, with enough rocks and stones in each bottle to build a quarry, this should be one of the best vintages ever for La Mondotte.

99 points - Tasted

Inky in color, in fact this is completely opaque. On the nose, the wine overflows with licorice, blackberry liqueur, figs and cocoa. Rich with surreal intensity, the wine both soothes and excites your palate to get to know it on a more intimate basis. The freshness, purity and concentration levels found here are almost off the charts! This is the real deal. The finish stays with you for more than 60 seconds! The beautiful girl who you don't want to home. Blending 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH 3.5. This could be the best wine ever produced at La Mondotte.

99 points - Tasted
2014La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95 pts

A lingering impression of smoke and earth with caramel-coated blackberries and buttery plums generating the perfume, this wine is full bodied, deep and concentrated with silky, lush textures and a stony, mineral, fresh, vibrant, ripe fruit filled finish. Blending 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aging in 100% new, French oak. 94-95 Pts

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2013La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93 pts

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
2012La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95 pts

Truffle, burning wood, smoke, incense and plum create the bouquet. Pure, stony, fresh, long and concentrated, the wine is plush, tannic and rich, demanding at least a decade before it comes together, softens and offers it complexities.

95 points - Tasted

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

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2011La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

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

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
2010La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)98 pts

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

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

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
2009La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)99 pts

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

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

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

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
2008La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95 pts

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

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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
2006La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)95 pts

Young, rich, powerful and tight, with strong, but refined tannins, rich textures and ripe, dark red fruits, spice, thyme, floral, earth and crushed stone characteristics. Give this another 5-8 years for further development.

95 points - Tasted
2005La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)97 pts

Full bodied, rich and intense, this concentrated, silky, sensuous, charismatic wine is packed with layers of velvety, black cherries, crushed stone, plum and earthy scents that are only made better when the wine hits your palate and stays there.

97 points - Tasted
2004La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

Still young, but starting to offer its ripe, mineral driven, black cherry, stone, and plum fruits, licorice, smoke and earthy character. Give it a 3-5 more years to develop even more textural and aromatic nuances.

93 points - Tasted

Showing more age in the color than in the wine, with black and white truffle, Cuban cigar, stone, licorice, sweet plum and dark cherry aromas. This is followed by a concentrated layer of fresh, ripe plum and tobacco that is pure silk, stone and velvet in the finish. Drink now, or age it for more complexity.

94 points - Tasted
2003La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

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

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
2001La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)94 pts

Ready to drink at a young age for La Mondotte, the wine blends concentration of flavor, ripe, sweet, plush fruits, stone, smoke and silky tannins to create a wine of pleasure and thought.

94 points - Tasted

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

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
2000La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)98 pts

Stunning in every sense of the wine, this has gotten better and better with time. There is a great sensation of purity of fruit, supple, silky, decadent textures, intensity, concentration of flavor of ripe, polished tannins. The finish doesn't just last, it expands. This is drinking great now and it's not yet mature. This will only improve with age. Drink it now, in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years from today.

98 points - Tasted

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

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
1999La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93 pts

One of the better Right bank wines produced, in this cooler vintage, the nose pops with its smoke, licorice, herbs, flower and plum aromatics. Medium/full bodied, silky tannins and just a bit of tapenade in the endnotes, the finish is all about the dusty tannins coupled with red and black plums.

93 points - Tasted
1998La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

Full bodied, rich, fresh, dense and packed with ripe, pit fruits, crushed rocks and wet earth. There is a polish to the tannins and sweet, mineral driven fruit quality that sticks with you here. This is a good time to start popping corks on this beauty, as it's opening nicely today.

96 points - Tasted

This smells great, with its chocolate covered cassis, plum, smoke and truffle filled nose. Full bodied, rich and deep, with freshness, sweetness and purity of fruit, the wine finish offers good length and volume. However, there is a masculine quality to the structure to the wine, at least at this moment.

96 points - Tasted

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

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

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
1996La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)96 pts

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

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

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
1961La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)93 pts

It's a rare treat to taste 1961 Bordeaux these days, especially when you know it's from one of the world's few remaining bottles. Concentrated, lush, and with the patina of age painted on its spicy, cherry, earth and plum core, the finish lingers on your palate.

93 points - Tasted

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