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Château Troplong Mondot

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2018 Château Troplong Mondot Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 88

Medium bodied, fresh, bright, forward and fruity, this is quite nice for early drinking while waiting for Troplong Mondot to mature. The wine is made from 100% Merlot. 87-89 Pts

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2018 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Full-bodied, lush, ripe and rich, the wine is concentrated as well as refined. The purity in the fruit stands out as one of the key points in its character. There is a richness and vivacity to the wine that works on the palate and in the luscious, silky finish. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol. The harvest took place September 7 to October 9. Yields were 49 hectoliters per hectare and the wine is aging in 60% new, French oak. Interestingly, Troplong Mondot now makes the final blend in January -- after the vintage. 96-98 Pts

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2017 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Licorice, smoke, black cherry, plum and crushed rocks create the nose. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, sweetly authentic and luxuriously textured. There is more virtue in the fruit but less density and lower alcohol than in previous vintages. The wine shows more influence from the limestone, instead of the clay. This dramatic change in style is a matter of choice by the new director, Aymeric de Gironde who is seeking more aromatic complexity and balance over power and ripeness in the wine. The wine was produced from a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.2% alcohol. The harvest took place September 18, finishing September 27.

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2016 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

The inky hue in the wine clearly matches up with the level of concentration in the ripe, dark berries. Add in liberal doses of black licorice, smoke, espresso, chocolate and boysenberry, and you have the core of the wine. Powerful, full, rich and with real depth of flavor, give this 10-12 years before popping a cork.

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The inky, dark color shows dark purple accents in its sheen. On the palate, the wine is rich, hedonistic, unctuous, and mouth-coating. The fruit is ripe, dense and intense with layers of black cherry, jammy, sweet plums, hints of fig, licorice, smoke and dark chocolate that offers its charms for over 40 seconds. This is not a shy wine, and thus, it needs at least a decade to settle down and start strutting its stuff. It is also the vintage made in the style preferred by the previous owner, Christine Valette.

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Inky in color, the wine opens with smoke, espresso, dark chocolate covered plums, cherries and wet earth, Lush in texture, opulent in character, the non-stop, unctuous finish serves up layers of ripe, black fruits and licorice. This is the last vintage produced by the Valette family and the last in the rich style we have become accustomed to. Things changed radically in subsequent vintages.

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Commanding, powerful, dark and intense, this wine is unfathomably deep, concentrated and juicy. While sizeable, there is a loveliness in the purity of the fruit and no heaviness on the palate. Instead, it’s balanced and harmonious. The velvet textured, opulent finish offers chocolate-covered plums and blackberry with licorice and a beautiful, multifaceted earthy character. This will take some time to come around. The wine was made using 89% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 15% alcohol. The harvest took place October 3 through October 27.

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2015 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

If sexy, sensuous textures, a wall of ripe and very ripe fruit, truffle, licorice, black and blue fruits with chocolate that are delivered with palate staining intensity is your thing, you need this wine!

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With a beautiful, inky hue, this wine explodes with smoke, blackberry liqueur, dark chocolate, truffle and cherry blossoms on the nose. Liquid silk does not begin to describe the texture, but it's close. If that does not work, molten velvet is my next stab at describing this wine. Powerfully concentrated with density and opulent textures that really bring this to a new level. For my delicate friends across the pond, do not let this scare you off. Everything is in balance. But be prepared for a grand carnival of true self-indulgence. Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 15.5% alcohol. The harvest took place September 30 through October 21.

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2014 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Deep in color, the wine is round, concentrated and loaded with dark chocolate covered cherries and plums, smoke, licorice and truffle. With depth of flavor, intensity and richness, this is a full bodied effort that will reward a decade in the cellar, before everything really comes together here.

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Licorice, dark chocolate, coconut, smoke and black cherry liqueur pack the nose, making this is no wallflower of a wine. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied, rich, lusty and eager to show off its dusty, sweet, fruit-filled finish. There is a touch of heat in the endnote but there is so much fruit that the warmth is barely noticeable. The wine was produced from a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.65. 94-95 Pts

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2013 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

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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2012 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Already starting to show truffle, tobacco, licorice and chocolate character, the wine is lively, fresh, and filled with ripe fruits. Still quite young, this is the best priced vintage on the market for Troplong Mondot today. If you are seeking a bottle to try, this is the vintage to seek out.

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This would be an outstanding wine in any vintage, but in 2012, it’s quite an accomplishment to produce a wine with this much richness, layers of sweet, supple, sensuous ripe fruits and silky, velvety tannins. The hedonistic finish really carries through with waves of perfectly ripe, dark berries and chocolate. This showed great as a barrel sample and it was even better when tasted in bottle, which is always a good sign for future development.

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From a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, the wine will come in at close to 14.5% alcohol. Dark in color with licorice, jam, earth, dark chocolate, coffee and smoke aromas open to a silky, plush, polished, rich-textured wine filled with sweet, jammy blackberries, dark chocolate and black raspberry. Thick, lush and rich, this is a wine for hedonists. 93-95 Pts

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2011 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

One of the top Right Bank wines of the vntage. The earthy, licorice filled, truffle, black cherry, espressi and smoke is a treat. This is one of the more concentrated wines of the vintage, finishing with fleshy, flashy, cocoa dusted black cherries.

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Blending 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached approximately 14.5% alcohol. From yields of 41 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is aged in 85% new oak. Inky in color with blue/purple color in the rim, the wine is plush, rich, round and polished with chocolate-covered boysenberry, caramel, earth, coffee and plummy scents. Filled with sweet, ripe, fresh bitter chocolate and cherries, there is length, purity and polish. 94-96 Pts

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2010 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

Palate coating richness, luscious black plums, cherries, dark chocolate, licorice, espresso and hints of blue fruit get all over your mouth, palate, teeth and gums. The wine is pure velvet in texture with layers of opulent fruits and a finish that sticks. Decadent in character, this is only about potential today. But with more cellaring, if this is your thing, the wine is a beauty.

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Deep dark in color, pungent aromas of licorice, black cherry, boysenberry, cocoa, truffle, spice create the intoxicating perfume. The powerful, rich concentrated wine is sweet, lush, opulent and utterly, mouth filling. With about 4 hours of decanting, the wine fleshed out, softened and offered a decadent, memorable tasting experience. This is truly a wine for hedonists and pleasure seekers!

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Incense, jammy dark berries, spice, truffle and fresh brewed espresso notes open to silk and velvet textures, lush tannins, opulent, sexy textures and layer after layer of sweet, sexy, voluptuous chocolate covered berries and black cherries. Why this wine is controversial is beyond me. Different strokes for different folks. I loved it from barrel and like it even more from bottle. Christine Valette from time to time prefers the 2010 over the 2005 or even the 1990. I am not sure I agree. But I am happy to own the wine and look forward to tasting it over the years.

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From an assemblage of 83% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine is inky in color with notes of espresso bean, blueberry, licorice, chocolate, smoke, black cherry and plum liqueur. Thick, intense, tannic, polished, rich and powerful, this wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with multiple waves of sensuously textured fruits, licorice and chocolate. Could this end of the decade wine be the finest vintage of Chateau Troplong Mondot produced yet? It has some stiff competition with 2009, 2005 and 1990. Regardless of where it fits in, this is a great wine that belongs in any Troplong Mondot lovers cellar!

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Troplong Mondot has been slowly increasing the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the vineyards. 2010 is the first year featuring a substantial portion (14%) in the blend, along with 83% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Previous recent vintages have included about 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Currently, the vineyard is planted to 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the goal set to about 20%. The Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in clay soil, as it does not grow well in limestone. Yields were low in this vintage at 32 hectoliters per hectare, the same as in 2009. The wine reached 15.5% alcohol. For people that like to compare, 2009 came in at 15.4% alcohol. The pH is 3.6 is for the Merlot and 3.75 in Cabernet Sauvignon. Those low levels of pH allow the wine to feel fresh and offer lift. 2010 expresses more lift than 2009. . Midnight black in color, with a perfume filled with minerality, licorice, blueberry, blackberry, jam and clay, this dense, chocolate covered, sweet boysenberry filled wine packs a lot of wine into the bottle. Sensuous, palate staining, incredibly concentrated and rich, the wine coats your palate. The experience ends with a long bath of chocolate covered blackberries and black cherry liqueur that combine for a hedonistic treat. This decadent wine is one of the great vintages of Troplong Mondot. 97-98 Pts

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2009 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

Still dark in color, the wine pops with its smoky, blackberry liqueur essence, licorice, dark chocolate and black cherry aromatics. Full-bodied, concentrated, long, lush and rich, this is no shy sister. It is a flamboyant, showy wine with layers of ripe, and overripe fruits that leave a long, rich and intense impression. Another few years in the cellar will add more complexities to the wine.

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The wine reached 15.5% alcohol and was aged in 100% new oak. There is no sensation of heat in the wine. The color of dark, purple ink, black cherry, blueberry, licorice, chocolate, smoke, truffle, earth and spicy aromas create a beautiful perfume. Full bodied, fat, rich, intense and palate coating, this sensuous, voluptuous, sexy wine leaves a beautiful sensation of sweet, fleshy, flashy, ripe berry liqueur and chocolate.

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This deeply colored. St. Emilion offers enticing scents of licorice, fresh roasted espresso bean, plum, boysenberry, earth, spice and chocolate. Blending 90% Merlot with 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a lush, thick, rich, sexy, corpulent, low acid style of Bordeaux wine that finishes with layers of licorice, juicy plum, black cherry liqueur and cocoa.

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2009 Troplong Mondot, 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc, is opaque with purple tints. Aromas of jammy plums, licorice, coffee, minerals, caramel, and dark berries fill your nose. Full bodied and intense, this thick, dense, wine is stuffed with ripe dark berries, chocolate, licorice, and plums. Even at 15.4% alcohol, the 2009 Troplong Mondot displays only a minor touch of heat in the palate. 94-96 Pts

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2008 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

With some of its youthful oak still needing to better integrate, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, lush, round and mouthfilling. On the palate, the round textured, hedonistic wine delivers layers of licorice, smoke, dark chocolate, plum and earthy essences, along with cherry liqueur. You can pull a cork now, or wait another 4-6 years for more development.

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This deep colored wine offers spicy chocolate, licorice, coffee, plum liqueur, smoke, minerality and jammy black cherry aromas. On the palate, this full bodied, concentrated, rich, tannic wine fills your mouth with fresh, tannic, deep, black cherry. The wine requires time to soften and develop nuances. Give it at least 5-8 years.

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Oak, black cherry, anise, flowers, spice and minerality greet your nose, This round, rich wine with soft textures ends with kirsch and fresh blackberry flavors. 2008 was the latest harvest in the history of the property. Due to their cool terroir, the extra time allowed the fruit to develop full ripeness.

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2008 Troplong Mondot is the first vintage to officially celebrate their new, and well deserved upgrade in the St. Emilion classification to Premier Grand Cru on the label. This deeply colored wine has a complex perfume of black licorice, bitter dark chocolate, boysenberry, blueberry and juicy fresh plums. The wine fills your palate with luscious, opulent, dark fruit and hints of anise. 95 Pts

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08 Château Troplong Mondot. That the château did not conclude its harvest until November 1 is something for the record books. 2008 was also the debut vintage for their new cellars. For the first time the grapes went through 3 sortings, the final one done entirely by hand. The wine is dark ruby with inky tints. The nose shows ripe black fruit, licorice, flowers, spice, and toasty oak aromas. This full bodied, fleshy wine has a great mouth feel. Its long finish offers up black fruit coated with chocolate and licorice. 93-96 Pts

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2007 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Ready for prime time drinking, the wine is showing all its soft, luscious fruit. The plums and cherries, are then coupled with tobacco, cigar box, spice and licorice. There is no reason to not pop a cork on this today.

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Ready for prime time drinking, the wine is showing all its soft, luscious fruit, plums and cherries, tobacco, cigar box, spice and licorice. There is no reason to not pop a cork on this today.

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For the first time the chateau had the ability to conduct 5 different sorting's of the berries which was truly necessary in this difficult vintage. From yields of 27.5 hectoliters per hectare and a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine was aged in 100% new oak and reached 13.5% alcohol. With licorice, herbs, kirsch, forest and bitter chocolate in the nose, the wine is medium bodied ending in a chalky, red cherry finish.

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2006 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Showing maturity in the color, the wine offers secondary aromatics of truffle, black cherry, smoke and licorice with just a hint of cocoa in the endnote. Full bodied, concentrated, round and starting to open, you can drink this now, or age it for several more years. This is one of the few 2006 Bordeaux wines that does not display the strict tannins found so often in this vintage.

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Smoke, oak, charcoal and black fruit scents are reticent about displaying their aromas. The wine is tight at the moment and requires air before its masculine tannins begin to subside.

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This was the first vintage sporting the new label highlighting the estate’s promotion to Grand Cru Classe’ status.Produced from a blend of 90% Merlot with the remainder of the blend evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, notes of wood, licorice, plum, coffee and forest aromas open to soft textures, with ample round tannins and fresh plum. There is a strong chalky, minerality sensation in the fresh, plum finish. This requires time to soften and develop.

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Big, powerful, tannic and structured to age, this Bordeaux wine is filled with black and blue fruit, licorice, spice, fresh roasted coffee beans, cocoa and minerality. Manly in style, full bodied and concentrated, give it another 5-8 years to let it come together before popping a bottle.

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2005 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

This could be the best wine made in the history of Troplong Mondot. It has all the depth, power, concentration, fruit and ripeness you could ask for, but there is ample acidity here, so you get the freshness and lift needed to make this pop. I like it today, but another 3 years or so will a lot to the wine.

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This coats your mouth, palate, teeth and gums with flavor. Dense, velvet like textures, perfectly ripe, silky, opulent fruits and a finish that sticks with you for more than 60 seconds! This is pure, bottled decadence. The best wine made in the history of Troplong Mondot so far, and a true testament to Christine Valette.

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Inky in color, this is rich, intense, sensuous, luscious, silky and decadent. Packed with layers of velvet drenched plums, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and black cherry liqueur, this is only now starting to strut its ample charms. This pure, bottled hedonism and will continue getting better and better for at least another 2 decades.

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The fruit was picked from September 22 – September 29. From very low yields of 26 hectoliters per hectares, aged in 75% new oak, the wine reached 14.5 alcohol. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is deep ruby in color. The first thing you notice is an explosion of truffle, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, ripe plum, black cherry liqueur, baked goods and caramel grab your attention and keep it there. Silk and velvet textures meshed with power, ripe tannins, freshness and acidity. There is a lot going on. But everything is in balance. The wine is expansive ending with intense, pure melted black cherry. You could drink this today and you’ll enjoy a great tasting experience. But patience will be rewarded. Give it 5-10 years. Regardless of all the points or wine tasting adjectives in the world, the true test of a wine for any taster is, are you compelled to keep tasting the wine, not only for new discoveries, but for pleasure. I could not keep my hands off this wine. It is stunning!

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Aromatic fireworks are set off by explosions of cherries, spice, black plums, herbs, coffee, smoke and ripe, black fruit. Immense concentration combined with structure to age for decades are the backbone of this Bordeaux wine. With each sip your palate is drenched in endless waves of thick, concentrated, chocolate covered, black fruit and tannin. But, the ample tannin is sweet, elegant and refined reminding me of the lovely Christine Valette who made what could become the finest wine Troplong Mondot has ever produced.

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The fennel, blackberry, chocolate and cassis nose got you going. The incredible, concentrated, lush, fat, sexy fruit that pampered your palate was next in line. The long rich, round, opulent sweet, ripe, fruit filled finish let you know this is one of the truly special wines from an amazing vintage.

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If someone said 05 Troplong Mondot is better than 90 Troplong Mondot, they would get no argument from me. Deep, dark, opaque, ruby in color. Black fruit, plums and spices melt all over your palate and senses with perfect balance. Levels of concentration that must be tasted to be believed are found in this Bordeaux. Incredibly lush, opulent, sexy palate texture. Tremendous viscosity.

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This wine is compelling. Sex in a bottle is the perfect descriptor... Inky, black, purple tinted color, with layer after layer of rich, deep, very ripe fruit, herbs and spices. Incredible layers of balanced concentration. The finish lasts close to a minute! The palate presence is off the hook. Your palate never tires of being bathed in a wealth of fruit. It is difficult to stop tasting the wine because each taste shows something different

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2004 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

Medium bodied and ready to drink, this is better on the nose, with its plum and truffle scents, than on the palate, which is slightly drying in the finish.

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Blending 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, plum, truffle and coffee scents lead to a fresh, cherry, red and black plum filled wine that is slightly dry in the finish.

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2003 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Fully mature, this medium bodied wine is more interesting on the nose and texture than with its palate presence. The wine has developed pre maturely and needs to be drunk up.

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The wine was aged in 100% new oak and reached 14% alcohol. From From 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, notes of roasted cherry, leaf, kirsch liqueur, jam and forest aromas open to a soft, round, forward style of Troplong Mondot that offers ample chocolate and bright cherry jam. This is drinking well today.

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2002 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Forest floor, old wood, cherry, earth, strawberry and smoke filled aromas open to a soft, red cherry filled wine that is drinking beautifully today. From 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this is quite nice for this cooler vintage.

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2001 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

The blend is From 85% Merlot, 7.5 Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol and was aged in 100% new oak. Smoke, earth, stone, black cherry and truffle. With air, the medium/full bodied, sensuous, wine filled out in the glass while becoming softer, with more richness. Ready to drink and close to maturity, ends with fresh blackberry and spicy plum sensations.

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2000 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

This is just great today. Drinking in the perfect pace, you find a concentrated, lush, round, full-bodied, sensuously textured wine that serves up its floral, chocolate, smoke, licorice, dark plum and ripe cherries, with a side of truffles with little effort. Decanted 30 minutes, the wine hit all the right notes.

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Ready to go, and while it should improve, there is no reason not to dig into the full-bodied, ripe, rich, plush wine and all of its black plum, licorice, dark chocolate and black cherry nuances now. An hour of air should help as well.

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This is drinking at close to peak. Splash decanted and served, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated, round and lush. The tannins are silky, the finish is soft. Filled with licorice, dark plums, even darker chocolate, herbs, flowers, smoke, tobacco and earth, with black cherries galore, there is no need to wait to pop cork. This should have at least another 15 years of great drinking in its future.

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Full bodied, concentrated and lushly textured with layers of dark chocolate covered black cherries, licorice, smoke and wet earth. The luscious, fruit filled finish takes up a lot of room in your mouth and feels great. The tannins lend a very small touch of dryness in the finish, that does not take away from the wine, but it stops the score from going higher. This is a good time to be popping corks on this tasty treat.

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90 minutes of double decanting brought up all the juicy plum, fennel, black cherry, cocoa, smoke and wet earth you could ask for. Full bodied, round, sexy textures and a finish that served up length, persistence and freshness.

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Decanted about 20 minutes, the wine got better and better in the glass. The air added to the plum, chocolate, blueberry, smoke, licorice, barbecue and truffle nose. Full bodied, deep and concentrated, with about an hour of air, the texture softened out, leaving you with fleshy, silky, lush layers of black cherries and dark chocolate. This is a nice time to start popping a cork on this beauty as it's really showing great today, but it's going to get better for at least another 12-20 more years with little effort.

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No matter how many times I taste this wine, I never get bored with it. Silky, sensuous and plush, this hedonistic treat is packed with licorice, oak, ripe plums, boysenberry, black cherry, jam, truffle, cocoa and earthy notes. Polished, yet lusty, (a nice combination,) you can enjoy this now, or age it for another 5 or more years.

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From a blend of 85% Merlot 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and was aged in 85% new oak. Floral, chocolate, blackberry and plum scents open to supple, ripe, sweet black plum and mocha. Some tannin remains, give it 2 -5 more years to develop further and enjoy it over the next 15-20 years.

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Licorice, chocolate, truffle, smoke, earth and black cherry liqueur scents opened to a rich, opulent, concentrated, structured wine filled with layers of chocolate covered black cherries, blueberry, spice and fennel. 2000 Troplong Mondot is built to age and improve. Some tannin remains that needs to be resolved. Popped and poured, this felt tight. Other bottles have performed better. The wine will definitely benefit from an hour of air, or even better, another 3-5 years in the cellar. The wine was made from a blend of 85% Merlot 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and was aged in 85% new oak barrels.

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With an inviting nose filled with licorice, caramel, truffle, chocolate covered plums and smoke, the wine offers dense, powerful, rich, plush layers of sweet, ripe, jammy dark, fresh berries before ending with a long, wave of licorice, cocoa and sweet, juicy, ripe plums. Give it another 5 years for this hedonistic, St. Emilion wine to gain additional levels of complexity.

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Deeply colored with floral, spice, licorice, plum and dark berry notes, this full bodied, lush wine is concentrated withopulently textured, ripe berries, chocolate and fennel. Still young, this will improve for 15-20 or more years.

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Big, dense, rich, sexy, perfectly balanced with layers and layers of deep, opulent fruit layers. Every swirl, sniff and swallow is a treat for the senses! This is a very special wine that with time will compete with the top wines of the vintage! It's not often a wine combines complexity, sensuality and hedonism, but, if that's what you're seeking in a wine, look no further. For some reason, this wine remains a steal in the marketplace. At today's price, this is a wine well worth buying a case of. It will only get better with time.

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The levels of depth and layers of fruit and flavors make this wine standout. It features richness and intense aromatics and flavors. Very lush and concentrated. Still young, this has a great future

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1999 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Lively, bright, fresh, red and dark red fruits, licorice, flowers, truffle, smoke and coffee bean aromas create the complex nose. The wine hovers between medium/full body, with soft, textures, fennel, plums and freshness in the finish. This is probably fully mature. If I had any bottles, I'd drink them over the next few years, as the wine will probably fade from here.

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1998 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Fully mature, the wine lacks the depth and richness found in the best years. Instead, you find a licorice, earth and smoke filled wine with dark plums, round textures and black, cocoa dusted cherries in the finish.

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The best showing of the wine yet. Popped and poured, truffle, black cherry, boysenberry and earthy scents were easy to find. With an hour in the glass, burning campfire embers and dark chocolate added to the complexity. The exposure to air added fat and softness to the wine, which finished with ripe, sweet, fleshy dark berries and cocoa. There is no reason to age this longer. I'd drink this over the next 10-12 years.

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As this inches closer to its 17th birthday, this is probably fully mature. With a nose of truffle, plum, black cherry, cocoa, coconut and a hint of orange rind, the wine is soft, polished and round. The tannins have melted away. Popped and poured, the wine improved in the glass for at least 30 minutes. There is no hurry to consume this, but there is no reason to age it any longer at this point either.

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This is really showing nicely with its licorice, black cherry, chocolate and earthy personality. This is not as rich as the stunning 2000 or 2005, but for drinking today, this is the wine to open.

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Tasting much younger than a wine that is close to celebrating its 15th birthday, licorice, black cherry, forest floor, smoke and cocoa scents open to a soft, fleshy, supple textured St. Emilion that is rich, young and vibrant and just starting to enter the beginnings of maturity. In 1998, the wine reached 13% alcohol.

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Still young, fresh and vibrant, but maturing at a slow and steady pace, a beautiful nose of licorice, boysenberry, black cherry jam, truffle and mocha appear. Round, soft and plush, the wine ends with a dark chocolate covered plums and spice. This is showing well today and should continue to evolve and offer pleasure for at least another 15 or more years if well stored.

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Licorice, chocolate, boysenberry, truffle, mint, coffee and fresh black cherry aromas pop from the glass with little effort. Plush, lush, opulent and sexy, this chocolate, licorice and dark plum filled St. Emilion has added a lot of weight, density and complexity over the last few wines. In today's over heated marketplace, this is a wine to buy, cellar and enjoy.

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A fountain of rich, licorice, chocolate and sweet black fruits jumped from the glass. Full bodied and filled with elegant, plush, opulent fruit, the 1998 Troplong Mondot is starting to blossom

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Spicy cherries, black fruit, licorice and an interesting hint of candied raspberry start off the aromatics. Rich, deep and concentrated on the palate, the wine finishes with a blast of ripe, licorice and dark berry notes.

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Licorice, chocolate, black plum and dark berry aromatics with coffee and spice. Full bodied, ripe tannins and a long, powerful, yet elegant, fruit filled finish are the hallmarks of this wine. Still young, this will only get better with time.

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1995 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

On the hard, tannic and austere side of the style range, the tannins were almost obtrusive. The nose was better than the palate. This clearly showed the difficulties faced hard tannins by many 1995 Bordeaux wines. The wine was produced from a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and reached 13.5% alcohol. Perhaps the large percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc explains the solid, tannic structure to the vintage.

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A melange of red and black fruit, anise, chocolate, minerals and herbs filled the perfume. Good concentration, but like so many other 95 wines, the tannins are hard making this a more foursquare style for the Chateau.

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1994 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Fully mature, with fennel, earth, smoke, black cherry, herb, wet forest floor and mocha notes, the wine is quite successful for the vintage. With soft, round textures and just a minor touch of dryness in the finish, the wine ends with red and black fruits, olive tapenade and a hint of cocoa. There is no reason to age this any longer.

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1990 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 97

At, or close to full maturity, this is loaded with all the truffle, dark chocolate, plum, black cherry, licorice and smoke you desire. Rich, luscious and full bodied, there is depth of flavor, concentration and length. This is a hedonistic thrill ride indeed.

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Rich, concentrated, lush, round and supple, the earthy, fleshy, sensuous character of all that ripe, sweet fruit is really showing its stuff. A true wine of pleasure.

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Incredibly consistent, this never fails to please and this tasting, which was just pop and pour was no exception. Luscious, rich, opulent and showy, the fruit ripe, textures are decadent and the finish is packed with waves of sweet black cherries, liqueur, chocolate and licorice. Age it for more earthy character, or pop a cork for hedonistic pleasure.

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Served blind for New Years Eve, this bottle was stunning! Full bodied, soft, silky and sublime, the fruit was vibrant, the wine was fresh, intense and opulent. This is drinking in the perfect place, although I doubt there is a hurry to get to it.

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I love this wine! Exotic, lush, opulent textures, mountains of perfectly ripe fruit, mole hills of over ripe ripe fruit combine to produce a wine of stunning richness and purity. It's a unique expression of St. Emilion and Troplong Mondot. For me, that unique quality deserves to be embraced. All the worlds best wines are to a degree, unique in character. 2005 Troplong Mondot is a better wine, as is 2009 and 2010, but those are more than a decade away from maturity. This is the wine to drink today and for years into the future.

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With a nose that soars with its truffle, blackberry, boysenberry jam, chocolate fudge, earth, spice box and liqueur scents, you know you’re in for something special. Incredibly concentrated, with layers of decadent, ripe, pure, jammy berries, port like textures and a finish that expands for close to 60 seconds, this remains a stellar wine with at least another 2 decades of bottled pleasure remaining.

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Explosive aromas of licorice, boysenberry, truffle, 5 spice, cocoa, black cherry liqueur,smoke, herbs, earth, coffee, forest floor and caramel. Full bodied, intense, powerful, rich and opulently textured, this decadent St. Emilion wine ends with a long, pure, dark chocolate covered plum and blackberry liqueur finish. Still young fresh and vibrant, this will continue to improve. 3 hours later, the wine is still going strong! 1990 is the best vintage of Troplong Mondot until the stunning 2005. 98 Pts

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Rich and port like, if you wanted to find this wine in the dictionary, look under decadent, Intense and concentrated, this glycerine filled wine is stuffed with fat, juicy ripe plums, chocolate, spice, truffle, earth, fudge, espresso bean, blueberry and black cherry liqueur. The wine coats your mouth with layers of port like fruit that last close to sixty seconds! Decadent is the perfect word to describe the wine. The levels of concentration found in this bottle of heaven are seldom seen in dry wines. I have high hopes the 2005 and possibly 2010 will turn out this well when they reach maturity.

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Black cherry, blackberry, herbs and licorice were easy to find. Lots of fat, juicy, black fruit wash your palate. But the intense, ostentatious, very ripe and exotic sweetness coupled with power found in the best bottles was not present. Still, the wine was bold, fat and sexy.

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Licorice, coffee, black and blue fruit accented by exotic spices scream from the bottle before the wine even hits your glass. But, the party really starts when this decadent nectar connects with your palate. Tasting this feels akin to multiple layers of molten fruit caressing your tongue and palate. This wine is so packed with dense, rich, ripe heavenly fruit, even the concentration seems concentrated. Truly a wow wine!

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This was not a correct bottle. This normally exuberant bottle was muted when compared to better examples. You could sense the ripe qualities and potential, but this bottle was off. Still, on this night, we experienced hints of the exotic sweetness and multiple layers of flavors usually found in the wine, but we were missing the full monty. More often than not, I've written this wine is one of the best wines of the decade! But, you know the old adage about older wines, "There is no such thing as great wines, only great bottles." As wines age, provenance is everything. This was a perfect example of the value of buying wines as early as possible and storing them correctly

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Off the charts aromatics featuring spice, fresh herbs, ripe blackberry, over ripe plums and dark chocolate. Concentrated, full bodied and drenched with sweet fruit, ripe tannins and opulent textures. This sex bomb of a wine finishes with Port like textures, non-stop ripe, dark berry, black cherry and spice flavors that linger for close to a minute!

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Rich and incredibly port like, decadent is the perfect word to describe the wine. The levels of concentration found in this bottle of heaven are seldom seen in dry wines. This wine drapes over your palate with countles layers of ripe, rich, plush, unctuous juice. The aromatics were complex and they were made a touch more interesting while sparking a bit of controversy as there was a minor tint of VA in the finish.

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Plums, exotic spices, jammy blackberries, coffee & toffee notes are in full force. Still tannic. Very concentrated and full bodied, this thick, complex rich Bordeaux is almost decadent. Layer after layer of ripe black cherries, plums and assorted fruit fill every nook and cranny of you palate. The finish must last close to a minute. Purchased for $35 10 years ago, this is becoming one of the right bank treasures in my cellar.

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This wine, Christine’s favorite modern vintage is so rich, complex and concentrated it is almost off the charts! The perfume is intoxicating, the body is similar to vintage Port and the layers of flavor rolling over your palate and too numerous to count. The seamless finish lasts close to :60

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The fruit is insanely ripe with unreal levels of concentration and a perfume that is so complex, you’d need a spread-sheet to list everything happening with the wine.

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Blackberry liqueur, anise, and spices roared from the glass. The level of glycerin was off the charts. This dense, thick and rich elixir, truly resembles motor oil. But, from a great year! This is so packed and stacked with decadent, ripe, fruit, it’s hard to believe

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I found its exotic coconut accented perfume intoxicating. The multiple layers of sweet, ripe, decadent fruit were extraordinary. The 90 Troplong Mondot delivers pleasure in abundance. It exemplifies what a port like, dry red wine is.

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A beautiful, sexy beast of a wine. The wine almost opaque. Deep black fruits, licorice and spices on the nose with a huge, full bodied mouth feel on the palate. Mountains of sweet, ripe black fruit on the nose are made better by the superb mouth feel. 90 Troplong is a pleasure and a treat for hedonists.

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1989 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Probably close to fully mature, with a definite lightening of color, the wine was loaded with spicy black cherries, wet earth, smoke, jam, licorice and mocha, soft, silky and round in texture, the wine finished with a sweet, cherry griotte, plum and spicy, chocolate finish. For those of you who like facts, the alcohol level reached 13.5%.

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Licorice, coffee, jammy blackberry, boysenberry liqueur, incense and chocolate scents lead to an intense, concentrated, corpulent mouth feel. Pure, lush, rich and drinking perfectly, there is no reason to delay opening a bottle.

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With a huge nose of black fruit, plums, minerals, spices, licorice and herbs, it let you know it was in the house. Big, meaty and very concentrated. A huge, tasty, deep mouthful of fresh, ripe, black juicy fruit washes over your palate. The long finish is a pleasure to experience.

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Rich, fat, sexy, decadent fruit fills every reach of your palate. Incredibly concentrated, with multiple layers of opulent, smoky, ripe black fruit, plums, and minerals. This already stunning wine, while ready to drink today, will further improve a bit with additional cellar time.

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Rich, fat, sexy, decadent black fruit and minerality filled your entire palate. Incredibly concentrated with multiple layers of opulent, smoky, dark fruit, plums and bitter chocolate were in full force in the long, clean finish.

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Dark in color, this complex St. Emilion bursts out of the glass with scents of herbs, black fruit, licorice and smoke. Concentrated and compelling on the palate, the round, opulently textured wine delivers a rich, sultry finish.

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Concentrated, compelling with great structure. This ripe berry, licorice, jammy spice scented wine gets you excited from the nice sniff. The beautiful ripe black, plummy, chocolate flavored fruit and opulent textures will put a smile an any tasters face.

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1975 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

Fading, more tart than sweet and better on the nose, than the palate, this requires drinking.

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1964 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 65

It would be polite to say this was slightly past its prime. Sharp, acidic and on the wine to becoming sherry-like, this is not a wine to buy today. Share with someone having an anniversary that you are not too interested in celebrating. They cannot all be winners. Such is life.

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1955 Château Troplong Mondot  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 89

The nose was the best part of the experience with its thyme, smoke, truffle, wet earth, forest, herb, and bright red fruit character. Medium bodied with a crisp, but charming, earthy, red berry finish.

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