2013 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Wine Tasting Note


2013 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

One of the better wines of this difficult vintage, popped and poured, the wine is round, soft and delivers its medium-bodied, licorice, espresso, black cherry and earthy nose and palate presence with ease. No decanting needed, just pop, pour and enjoy.

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It takes about 45 minutes of air for the wine to soften, fill out and offer its, dark, but distinctly, red berry, thyme and espresso notes. Slowly but surely, green notes begin to intrude on the finish. This is a vintage to be enjoyed young. I'd opt for drinking this over the next 2-5 years.

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The earthy, licorice, black cherry, chocolate and cocoa nose really stand out. There is a lushness to the fruit and roundness to the tannins in this difficult vintage that really stand out. Forward in style, the polished wine should drink well on release. The last vintage produced with Christine Valette is a nice tribute to her efforts and resilience

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The last vintage for Christine Valette and the first vintage I have ever tasted without her being present. Christine passed away at the start of the 2013 tastings. Deep in color, with a boysenberry, chocolate, licorice and earthy nose, the wine is fleshy with a polished and mineral-driven personality of black plum, licorice and chocolate-covered boysenberry personality. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.7% alcohol, with a PH of 3.45, which will please all the tasters that have complained about high alcohol levels. The wine delivers a fond farewell and is worth a 100 Pts in memory for all the great vintages from Christine Valette. 92-93 Pts

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Troplong Mondot wine Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau Troplong Mondot, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Troplong Mondot needs time in the cellar and decanting to show its best. On average the wine needs a minimum of 8-10 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Troplong Mondot is best enjoyed in the first 10-35 years of life. Young vintages of Troplong Mondot can be decanted for 2-3 hours which allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Troplong Mondot with Wine and Food Pairing Tips

Chateau Troplong Mondot is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Troplong Mondot is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Troplong Mondot is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.

If you want to enjoy life in the wine country of Bordeaux, in 2010, Chateau Troplong Mondot opened a bed and breakfast inn, right on the property! “Les Belles Perdrix” (The Beautiful Partridges) is located in the heart of St. Emilion, on a hill overlooking the picturesque village of St. Emilion. There are three different, beautiful rooms to choose from.

More than bed and breakfast, if you desire, the chateau recently hired a fabulous French chef that works with fresh, local products. Of course, guests will also receive special VIP tours and tastings at Chateau Troplong Mondot as well! In 2012, Chateau Troplong Mondot also opened a restaurant on the estate with a beautiful, outdoor patio setting that offers one of the most stunning views in St. Emilion.

As a special tip for you, the restaurant has made a real effort and boosted the amount of wines on their wine list so that now, they have one of the best wine lists in St. Emilion with wines from Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and other wine regions. Belles Perdrix was closed for 2018 as it underwent a complete renovation.