La Mondotte 2017

RegionBordeaux
SubregionSt Emilion
ColourRed
TypeStill

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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Tasting Notes

The 2017 La Mondotte was bottled without fining on 3 June 2019 after 15 months in 60% new oak. It has a lovely, pure, almost understated bouquet with red cherries, raspberry coulis and light rose petal aromas, almost with a Burgundy-like purity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple and fine tannins. The acidity is very well judged, an elegant and refined La Mondotte with a pinch of clove and white pepper on the finish. Maybe not a long-term La Mondotte, but simply delicious. Drink 2021-2035.

Score: 92Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 La Mondotte explodes with beguiling scents of wild blueberries, black raspberries and warm plums plus nuances of lilacs, tilled soil, fallen leaves and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-filling, crunchy blue and black fruits with a wonderfully plush texture and loads of freshness, finishing long and savory. Drink: 2024 - 2053

Score: 96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020

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

Extremely complex on the nose with blackberries, chili spice, chocolate and fresh walnuts. Full-bodied, tight and very minerally and racy. Steely tannins. Fresh and vivid. Seamless, soft tannins give this form and beauty. Fresh and powerful. Profound. Drink in 2022.

Score: 97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019), January 2020

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: 96/97James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018

The 2017 La Mondotte is absolutely exquisite, just as it was from barrel. In 2017, La Mondotte stands out for its aromatic intensity, nuance and total translucency. Sage, mint, licorice, plum, chocolate, spice and mineral undertones all grace this striking, beautifully nuanced Saint-Émilion made with 30% Cabernet Franc in addition to its Merlot base. More than anything else, I really admire the wine's precision and tension. The 2017 is such a gorgeous Mondotte. Drinking window: 2024 - 2037 Tasting date: December 2019

Score: 96Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (March 2020), December 2019

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: 93/96Antonio 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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