1998 La Mondotte St. Émilion Grand Cru Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note
|1998||La Mondotte (St. Émilion Grand Cru)|
Quite ripe, almost Port like. Loads of density and opulence, but a bit more freshness would make this an even better wine. Layers of ripe and overripe, black cherry and plums with a good touch of salt to the tannins on the palate and in the finish. You can drink now, as I am not sure this is going to get better. Drink from 2022-2030.
2,415 Views Tasted Jul 16, 2022
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.
3,915 Views Tasted May 10, 2017
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.
5,578 Views Tasted May 20, 2015
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.
5,503 Views Tasted Aug 7, 2012
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.
5,190 Views Tasted Dec 8, 2011
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.
3,814 Views Tasted Oct 13, 2008
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 produces wines from Bordeaux grape varietals.