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2015 Chateau Troplong-Mondot
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The 2015 Troplong Mondot is inky black in color. The nose was initially arresting with a carapace of toasty new oak, but it only takes several swirls of the glass for that to dissipate and leave scents of intense black fruit, crème de cassis, spice box and violets. It is verging on "heady" in style, powered along by that Merlot. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, layers of ripe, sensual, lavish black fruit interlaced with black pepper and clove. The acidity binds everything together, maintains control through to the finish that fans out nicely. It leans towards the hedonistic style of Saint Emilion, but it is not pushed over the edge as I have found in previous recent vintages. What it needs to develop is just the charm and personality of the finest Saint Emilion wines this vintage.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com #224 (Apr 2016)
This has some exotic ripeness, with açaí berry and loganberry fruit pumping through, carried by substantial brambly tannins and backed by a long, spice- and black tea-infused finish. Shows power and range.
J.M. - Wine Spectator
Ripe and powerful with an unusual 8% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (90% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc). Dark cherry, blueberry and spice notes. Richly concentrated with sturdy but refined tannins. Freshness of the terroir lends balance. Just a touch of grainy oak which has not yet been fully integrated.
A luscious and rich red with blackberry, chocolate and walnut aromas and flavors. Full body, very harmonious and super bright. All about clarity. A majority of merlot with some cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.
Rich and smooth, this is a powerful and concentrated wine. The wine is perfumed and fragrant, with fine dusty tannins and a fresh edge that provides a nice lift to the finish.
The 2015 Troplong Mondot is going to need time to come together. The elevated alcohol (not unusual here) and the resulting late malolactic fermentation caused the wine to show poorly in two tastings separated by a week. Today, the 2015 Troplong is one of the richest, sweetest wines of the year. Dark cherry, plum, raspberry and rose petals give the 2015 much of its racy, unctuous personality. I am sure the pressure to show wines en primeur is very strong, but the estate might have been better off not showing the 2015 at this stage, as the impression today is not flattering. Tasted two times.