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La Mondotte

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2018 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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% alcohol. 98-100 Pts

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2017 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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% alcohol with a pH 3.5. The harvest took place September 14 - September 29.

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2016 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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

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2015 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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

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2014 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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

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2013 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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% alcohol with a pH of 3.35 and is aging in 100% new French oak. 92-94 Pts

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2012 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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

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2011 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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% alcohol and will aged in 100% new oak. This blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc has intense minerality, smoky black raspberry, truffle, oak, floral, cocoa and fresh black cherry aromatics. This is a concentrated, balanced, polished and forward vintage for La Mondotte. 93-95 Pts

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2010 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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!

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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.% alcohol, but with one of the lowest pH numbers I found in this vintage, 3.2, there is a lot of freshness and pop to this wine. Inky black with purple accents, licorice, stone, black fruit, jam, spice and mocha aromas rocket from the glass. Concentrated with luscious, ripe, opulent berries, this tannic wine is expansive on the palate, finishing with waves of fresh, pure black cherry liqueur, licorice and minerality. I asked Neipperg if producing a wine like this was risky. He responded with a smile saying, “No risk, no fun.” 96-98 Pts

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2009 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 99

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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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2008 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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

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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

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2006 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2005 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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2004 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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2003 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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!

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2001 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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2000 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 98

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.

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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.

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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.

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1999 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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1998 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 96

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1996 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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1961 La Mondotte  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 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.

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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.

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