A brilliant effort, the 2008 La Mondotte is a candidate for "wine of the vintage." This blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc hit 14% natural alcohol. Yields were 24 hectoliters per hectare. The wine boasts an opaque purple color along with sweet aromas of mulberries, creme de cassis, blackberries, espresso roast, chocolate and toast. Sweet tannin, an opulent mouthfeel and a flamboyant personality make for a prodigious/compelling wine that can be drunk now or cellared for two decades or more. This is an unbelievable 2008 of extravagant intensity and richness. Bravo! Anticipated maturity: now-2025.
Crushed berries and blackberry on the nose follow through to a full body, with a lovely berry and cherry character on the palate. Rich and long, with fresh acidity. Shows impressive concentration from the old vines of Merlot. Tiny production this year
This backward, unevolved garagiste wine is fashioned from a 12-acre vineyard situated on a beautiful plateau and hillside with clay and limestone soils. Yields were a lowly 24 hectoliters per hectare. The 2008 exhibits beautiful black raspberry, licorice, acacia blossom, and smoky oak notes as well as a rich, full-bodied personality. It appears to have just finished malolactic fermentation, and therefore it is harder to get a totally accurate view of this cuvee. It is likely to improve dramatically with another 12 months of aging. The natural alcohol of 14.5% may be the highest ever achieved at La Mondotte. The tannins are sweet, the wine is profoundly concentrated, and looks set for 20-25 years of aging.