La Mondotte 2017
This super-cuvée is made by the Canon La Gaffelière team from 4.5 hectares of 60 year old vines - 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. The tiny vineyard is situated near to Troplong Mondot and Tertre Roteboeuf. It burst onto the scene at the height of the garage wine boom with a monster 1996. Annual production is usually less than 1000 cases.
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There was no frost here. Composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 La Mondotte simply sings of gorgeous ripe blackberries, mulberries and black raspberries with touches of sandalwood, lavender, licorice and rose hips plus wafts of garrigue and exotic spices. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated with firm, very silky tannins and layer upon layer of black fruits and spices, finishing very long and beautifully perfumed.
|Score: 96/98+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Incredibly complete for the vintage, this cascades with its character of dark chocolate, blackberry coulis and Chinese spices. It’s so very beguiling on the palate with rich yet in-tune black fruit and complemented by regal, surrounding tannins. Bright acid carries this through to a long finish.
|Score: 96/97||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 La Mondotte is a total stunner, not to mention one of the wines of the vintage. Exquisitely layered in the glass, the 2017 possesses stunning freshness and vibrant to play off the characteristically dense Mondotte fruit. Lavender, chocolate, menthol, spice, crushed rocks and new leather add nuance to a core of plush, inky dark fruit. La Mondotte was spared damage from frost. For the first time, La Mondotte contains 30% Cabernet Franc. Tasted two times.
|Score: 93/96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
There was no frost damage here and while the yields are very low it shows no stress at all. The fruit is dense, dark and foresty and there is superb power here, albeit very carefully controlled, and the weight and length are superb. Very much on the dark-fruited side of the fence, this is a rich and layered wine but it is only medium-weight and so there is a lot of vibrancy and activity on the palate as it romances the taste buds while refreshing them at the same time.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|
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