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La Mondotte

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2023
97
Incense, flowers, black cherries, cigar box, plums, and spice are easy to spot in the perfume. On the palate, texturally, the fruits are as lush, as they are bright, and fresh. There is an understated sense of elegance that becomes apparent as the wine expands, and lingers on your palate. The lengthy finish continues gaining in intensity and complexity. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 19-30. 2029-2060. 96-98 Pts.

Incense, flowers, black cherries, cigar box, plums, and spice are easy to spot in the perfume. On the palate, texturally, the fruits are as lush, as they are bright, and fresh. There is an understated sense of elegance that becomes apparent as the wine expands, and lingers on your palate. The lengthy finish continues gaining in intensity and complexity. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, 13.5% ABV. The harvest took place September 19-30. 2029-2060. 96-98 Pts.

439 Views   Tasted
2022
98
Deeply colored, the wine is concentrated, powerful, long, rich and intense. The fruits coat your palate with its layers of black and dark red fruits. The tannins are ripe. the fruits are sweet, lush, and opulent, as well as vibrant and elegant. The lengthy finish balances its mineral driven side with its power and freshness. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV. The harvest took place September 3 - September 9. 2027-2060. 97-99 Pts.

Deeply colored, the wine is concentrated, powerful, long, rich and intense. The fruits coat your palate with its layers of black and dark red fruits. The tannins are ripe. the fruits are sweet, lush, and opulent, as well as vibrant and elegant. The lengthy finish balances its mineral driven side with its power and freshness. The wine blends 80% Merlot with 20% Cabernet Franc, 14% ABV. The harvest took place September 3 - September 9. 2027-2060. 97-99 Pts.

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2021
94
Flowers, citrus, black raspberries, plums, wet earth, herbs, and salty crushed stones define the perfume, as well as the core of the wine. On the palate, the wine is bright, fresh, chalky, vibrant, and mineralistic, giving the fruit a salty edge, adding to its medium-bodied, bright, character. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. Normally, La Mondotte is a wine requiring aging before it really begins to express itself. However, you can enjoy this within a year or two of release. Drink from 2026-2048.

Flowers, citrus, black raspberries, plums, wet earth, herbs, and salty crushed stones define the perfume, as well as the core of the wine. On the palate, the wine is bright, fresh, chalky, vibrant, and mineralistic, giving the fruit a salty edge, adding to its medium-bodied, bright, character. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc. Normally, La Mondotte is a wine requiring aging before it really begins to express itself. However, you can enjoy this within a year or two of release. Drink from 2026-2048.

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Flowers, black raspberries, broken stones, smoke, cherries and mint create the nose. On the palate, the wine is elegant, soft, refined, chalky, energetic, fresh and intense with layers of crisp, sweet, vibrant red pit fruits and a strong touch of salt on the backend. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% ABV. The harvest took place September 30 - October 10. Drink from 2026-2050. 94-96

Flowers, black raspberries, broken stones, smoke, cherries and mint create the nose. On the palate, the wine is elegant, soft, refined, chalky, energetic, fresh and intense with layers of crisp, sweet, vibrant red pit fruits and a strong touch of salt on the backend. The wine blends 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% ABV. The harvest took place September 30 - October 10. Drink from 2026-2050. 94-96

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2020
97
Concentrated, graceful, full-bodied, rich and intense, the array of black, red and blue fruits all touched by accents of crushed rocks and stones hit all the right notes in the nose and on the palate. The mid-palate and finish, with their layers of salt-tinted, perfectly ripe fruits, licorice, mocha, and spice go on and on, leaving you with streams of bitter chocolate, plum liqueur and sea-salts that linger for more than 50 seconds! Not much wine is made here. In fact, the production was about 1,200 cases. Drink from 2026-2055.

Concentrated, graceful, full-bodied, rich and intense, the array of black, red and blue fruits all touched by accents of crushed rocks and stones hit all the right notes in the nose and on the palate. The mid-palate and finish, with their layers of salt-tinted, perfectly ripe fruits, licorice, mocha, and spice go on and on, leaving you with streams of bitter chocolate, plum liqueur and sea-salts that linger for more than 50 seconds! Not much wine is made here. In fact, the production was about 1,200 cases. Drink from 2026-2055.

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Intensely colored, the aromatic profile, with its licorice, blackberry, bitter chocolate, plum liqueur. crushed rocks and stones get noticed quickly. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, full-bodied and ntense. Picture a giant gulp of ripe black plums, blue fruits, licorice, cocoa and broken stones with salt coating your palate and expanding for at least 60 seconds. Not much wine is made here. In fact, the production was about 1,200 cases. Still young, give this stunner at least a decade and drink it over the next 3 decades or longer. 98-100 Pts

Intensely colored, the aromatic profile, with its licorice, blackberry, bitter chocolate, plum liqueur. crushed rocks and stones get noticed quickly. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, full-bodied and ntense. Picture a giant gulp of ripe black plums, blue fruits, licorice, cocoa and broken stones with salt coating your palate and expanding for at least 60 seconds. Not much wine is made here. In fact, the production was about 1,200 cases. Still young, give this stunner at least a decade and drink it over the next 3 decades or longer. 98-100 Pts

5,476 Views   Tasted
2019
97
Deep in color, the wine is equally deep on the palate. Opening with an intense display of flowers and potpourri, the wine quickly moves to show off the remainder of its aromatic profile that includes, spice-box, licorice, chocolate infused cherries, mint leaf and black plums. Full-bodied, rich, intense and opulent, the finish lingers on the palate, providing a backdrop for all of its opulent, ripe, vibrant fruits and crushed stones. Drink from 2026-2055.

Deep in color, the wine is equally deep on the palate. Opening with an intense display of flowers and potpourri, the wine quickly moves to show off the remainder of its aromatic profile that includes, spice-box, licorice, chocolate infused cherries, mint leaf and black plums. Full-bodied, rich, intense and opulent, the finish lingers on the palate, providing a backdrop for all of its opulent, ripe, vibrant fruits and crushed stones. Drink from 2026-2055.

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Deep in color, with a complex array of aromas ranging from flowers, black and red fruits, espresso, licorice, wet earth, mint and thyme. On the palate, the wine is lush, round, velvety, and intense. Long, mouth-filling and expansive, the wine builds and grows on the palate. The initial attack is not strong, but the finish keeps on building, which is a good thing, because the refined textured fruits, with their purity and freshness is with you for over 50 seconds. Blending 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. 97-99 Pts

Deep in color, with a complex array of aromas ranging from flowers, black and red fruits, espresso, licorice, wet earth, mint and thyme. On the palate, the wine is lush, round, velvety, and intense. Long, mouth-filling and expansive, the wine builds and grows on the palate. The initial attack is not strong, but the finish keeps on building, which is a good thing, because the refined textured fruits, with their purity and freshness is with you for over 50 seconds. Blending 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Franc. 97-99 Pts

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2018
99
This is a rich, lusciously textured, full-bodied, velvet laced wine that is impossible not to be enthralled by. Inky dark in color, you find flowers, crushed stones, ripe, juicy, fresh, sweet, blackberries, plums, cherries and assorted pit fruits. The intensity in the fruit, levels of depth and concentration, coupled with its gorgeous purity, essences of licorice, espresso, smoke and tobacco leaf with a touch of mint is there from start to finish. This is going to be a cellar treasure that will age and evolve for 2-3 decades with ease. The wine blends 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,600 cases were produced.

This is a rich, lusciously textured, full-bodied, velvet laced wine that is impossible not to be enthralled by. Inky dark in color, you find flowers, crushed stones, ripe, juicy, fresh, sweet, blackberries, plums, cherries and assorted pit fruits. The intensity in the fruit, levels of depth and concentration, coupled with its gorgeous purity, essences of licorice, espresso, smoke and tobacco leaf with a touch of mint is there from start to finish. This is going to be a cellar treasure that will age and evolve for 2-3 decades with ease. The wine blends 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Only 1,600 cases were produced.

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Inky in color, the wine is incredibly dense on the palate. The crushed rock and stone essence of the terroir comes through loud and clear. The wine is floral, finesse in style, long with a serious depth of flavor. The blackberry, boysenberry, plum and red pit fruit build and expand in the finish. 2018 saw an increase in production and close to 1,600 cases are going to be released. The wine was made from 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc reaching 14.2% ABV. 98-100 Pts

Inky in color, the wine is incredibly dense on the palate. The crushed rock and stone essence of the terroir comes through loud and clear. The wine is floral, finesse in style, long with a serious depth of flavor. The blackberry, boysenberry, plum and red pit fruit build and expand in the finish. 2018 saw an increase in production and close to 1,600 cases are going to be released. The wine was made from 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc reaching 14.2% ABV. 98-100 Pts

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2017
97
Darkly tinted with purple accents, evocations of blackberry liqueur, flowers, licorice, smoke and coffee, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, lush, deep and mouth-filling. There is richness, length and salty tannins. Give this 10-15 of years of age to develop. Blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% ABV with a pH 3.5. The harvest took place September 14 - September 29.

Darkly tinted with purple accents, evocations of blackberry liqueur, flowers, licorice, smoke and coffee, the wine is full bodied, concentrated, lush, deep and mouth-filling. There is richness, length and salty tannins. Give this 10-15 of years of age to develop. Blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14% ABV with a pH 3.5. The harvest took place September 14 - September 29.

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2016
98
This just keeps on getting better, adding additional layers of fruit, levels of complexity and sensuality to the texture. Full-bodied, intense, rich and deep, with a strong sense of minerality, give this 12-15 years in the cellar before you pop a cork.

This just keeps on getting better, adding additional layers of fruit, levels of complexity and sensuality to the texture. Full-bodied, intense, rich and deep, with a strong sense of minerality, give this 12-15 years in the cellar before you pop a cork.

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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% ABV with a pH of 3.4. The harvest took place September 29 to October 15.

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% ABV with a pH of 3.4. The harvest took place September 29 to October 15.

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2015
100
From the moment the wine hits your plate, you know this is special. The fruits are on the black cherry and plum liqueur side. The wine is dense, yet light on its feet. Polished and stony, there is weight and density. The wine builds in intensity on the palate, leaving you with a finish that sticks with you for at least 60 seconds. This is a unique tasting experience that really leaves an impression.

From the moment the wine hits your plate, you know this is special. The fruits are on the black cherry and plum liqueur side. The wine is dense, yet light on its feet. Polished and stony, there is weight and density. The wine builds in intensity on the palate, leaving you with a finish that sticks with you for at least 60 seconds. This is a unique tasting experience that really leaves an impression.

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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.

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.

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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% ABV with a pH 3.5. This could be the best wine ever produced at La Mondotte.

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% ABV with a pH 3.5. This could be the best wine ever produced at La Mondotte.

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2014
95
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

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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2013
93
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% ABV with a pH of 3.35 and is aging in 100% new French oak. 92-94 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% ABV with a pH of 3.35 and is aging in 100% new French oak. 92-94 Pts

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2012
95
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.

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.

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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

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

3,581 Views   Tasted
2011
93
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.

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.

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La Mondotte comes from a 4.5-hectare vineyard that realized yields of only18 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.9% ABV 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

La Mondotte comes from a 4.5-hectare vineyard that realized yields of only18 hectoliters per hectare. The wine reached 13.9% ABV 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

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2010
98
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!

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!

5,725 Views   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

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

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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.% ABV, 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

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.% ABV, 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

4,370 Views   Tasted
2009
98
Flowers, salty oceanic scents, red and black fruits, and a background note of espresso open the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, focused, pure, and intense. Layers of sweet, ripe fruits topped with crushed rocks, stones, and spice coat your palate in the long, opulent, finish. Drink from 2023-2045.

Flowers, salty oceanic scents, red and black fruits, and a background note of espresso open the aromatics. On the palate, the wine is concentrated, focused, pure, and intense. Layers of sweet, ripe fruits topped with crushed rocks, stones, and spice coat your palate in the long, opulent, finish. Drink from 2023-2045.

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Intensely concentrated, the wine combines all its power with a strong sensation of minerality, layers of ripe, sweet, velvet textured fruits, salty tannins and purity. The wine lingers and expands on the palate for close to 60 seconds. Still young, give this stunner another 7-8 years and it will repay your patience with an incredible tasting experience.

Intensely concentrated, the wine combines all its power with a strong sensation of minerality, layers of ripe, sweet, velvet textured fruits, salty tannins and purity. The wine lingers and expands on the palate for close to 60 seconds. Still young, give this stunner another 7-8 years and it will repay your patience with an incredible tasting experience.

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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.

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.

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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!

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!

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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.

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.

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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

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

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2008
95
With a strong sense of floral notes, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished and earthy. The fruits are ripe, pure, sweet and fresh, leaving you with juicy, sensuous, plums, cherries, truffles, licorice and a whist of espresso. Ass good as this is now, it is still in its youth, so if you have the patience, this should be even better with up to a decade of age.

With a strong sense of floral notes, the wine is full bodied, silky, polished and earthy. The fruits are ripe, pure, sweet and fresh, leaving you with juicy, sensuous, plums, cherries, truffles, licorice and a whist of espresso. Ass good as this is now, it is still in its youth, so if you have the patience, this should be even better with up to a decade of age.

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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

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

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

4,728 Views   Tasted
2006
95
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.

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.

3,774 Views   Tasted
2005
97
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.

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.

5,447 Views   Tasted
2004
93
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.

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.

3,606 Views   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.

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.

2,797 Views   Tasted
2003
93
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.

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.

6,053 Views   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!

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!

2,899 Views   Tasted
2001
93
Close to fully mature, the wine combines elegance, sensuous textures, ripe, sweet, salty. red fruits and complex aromatics. This is not the most powerful vintage, but the wine is showing quite well today.

Close to fully mature, the wine combines elegance, sensuous textures, ripe, sweet, salty. red fruits and complex aromatics. This is not the most powerful vintage, but the wine is showing quite well today.

2,807 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

3,981 Views   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...

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...

3,404 Views   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.

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.

3,081 Views   Tasted
2000
97
Just gorgeous. Texturally this is rich, silky and showy. The fruit is sweet, ripe and generous. Full-bodied, concentrated, long and vibrant, the finish is long and intense. This is just now entering its prime time window.

Just gorgeous. Texturally this is rich, silky and showy. The fruit is sweet, ripe and generous. Full-bodied, concentrated, long and vibrant, the finish is long and intense. This is just now entering its prime time window.

3,217 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

4,941 Views   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.

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.

5,906 Views   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.

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.

6,148 Views   Tasted
1999
93
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.

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.

4,460 Views   Tasted
1998
93
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.

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.

2,985 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

4,047 Views   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.

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.

5,702 Views   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.

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.

5,617 Views   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.

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.

5,304 Views   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.

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.

3,931 Views   Tasted
1996
94
Mature, richly textured, ripe, sweet, lush and fresh, there is no reason to hold this any longer. While not at the level of subsequent vintages, the wine is quite nice, especially for the vintage.

Mature, richly textured, ripe, sweet, lush and fresh, there is no reason to hold this any longer. While not at the level of subsequent vintages, the wine is quite nice, especially for the vintage.

3,525 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

6,875 Views   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

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

3,885 Views   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.

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.

4,205 Views   Tasted
1961
93
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.

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.

1,908 Views   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.

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.

1,872 Views   Tasted