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Château Troplong Mondot, 2005

Your Price: $299.00

Optimum drinking: 2018-2040
Rating: 100 - Robert Parker
Grape varieties: Merlot 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Winemaker: Christine Valette
Appellation: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
Bottle report: Excellent condition.

Château Troplong Mondot was rated a perfect 100 points by Robert parker - and one of the finest wines of this great vintage.

Troplong Mondot has become one of Saint-Émilion's leading lights since Xavier Pariente and the great Christine Valette-Pariente (who passed away in 2014) took over in 1981. After Christine got hold of the then ailing estate's 33 hectares, perched on a limestone plateau with breathtaking views towards the Dordogne, things rapidly changed for the better. Troplong employed Michel Rolland, the most famous Bordeaux consultant winemaker and driving force behind the dramatic improvement in a number of Saint-Émilion châteaux in the 1980s. They stopped harvesting by machine; began picking later and reduced yields; removed the remaining Malbec vines; introduced more new oak barrels; introduced a second wine, and were one of the first Bordeaux estates to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis.

“It was emotional tasting this wine, thinking of the late Christine Valette, who made this compelling wine while battling with considerable courage against an insidious disease. It is a great effort and a superstar of the vintage. Dense purple, it offers notes of white chocolate, blackberry, cassis and licorice as well as a hint of truffle and some subtle background oak. Full-bodied, multi-layered, and spectacularly pure and rich, it is a tour de force, and a great tribute to an incredible woman…Kudos to the late Christine Valette!

“A modern day legend, it exhibits a black/blue color as well as aromas and flavors of graphite, blueberries, black truffles, incense, and camphor. The sensational sweetness and layers of fruit are buttressed by high tannin, good acidity, and unbelievable precision and purity. This profoundly concentrated, full-bodied tour de force in winemaking is Madame Valette’s crowning achievement, and it will be talked about for decades to come.” Robert Parker

Please note: bottle shown is for illustrative purpose only (not actual bottle for sale).

Château Troplong Mondot, 2005