The 2017 Troplong Mondot is stunning, just as it was en primeur. Rich and ample, yet endowed with striking energy as well, the 2017 is the first vintage made by new CEO Aymeric de Gironde and consulting winemaker Thomas Duclos. The 2017 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. All of the power that is typical of this site is evident, it seems to come so naturally, and yet picking earlier and then using a lighter hand in the cellar yielded a Troplong of uncommon energy and vibrancy. The 2017 has been nothing short of thrilling on the four occasions I have tasted it from bottle so far. What a wine! 2027 - 2047
|Score: 98+||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2020|
"We had a few old demons hanging around" remarked estate manager Aymeric de Gironde, referencing the new regime at this revitalised property currently undergoing huge investment. The 2017 Troplong Mondot has a nicely detailed though not powerful bouquet with blackberry, raspberry, charcoal and light tertiary aromas, touches of peony developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and fine acidity. This does not possess the complexity or finesse of the top Saint-Émilion wines this vintage and there is a lick of dark chocolate on the finish that feels a little misplaced. Nonetheless, it represents a delicious Troplong Mondot that will give 15 to 18 years of drinking pleasure, though you can bet your bottom dollar this will be surpassed in years to come. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2022-2040.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, vinous.com, February 2020|
The 2017 Troplong Mondot, the first under the new regime of former Cos d’Estournel manager Aymeric de Gironde, has a gorgeous bouquet with well defined red and black fruit, hints of dark chocolate and crushed flowers, a subtle mineral undercurrent that becomes more prominent with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. This is a much fresher and balanced style of Troplong Mondot that tended to be over-egged in the past The terroir is much more evident where it counts – in the glass. There is a pleasant spiciness that comes through with aeration and a touch of sense of tension from start to finish. If this represents how this estate will continue, then the new era is going to be festooned with some exemplary wines. Drink 2022-2042.
|Score: 91/93||Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Troplong Mondot is a little closed to begin, soon unfurling to reveal expanding notions of warm blackberries, wild blueberries and licorice plus hints of smoked meats, black olives, pencil shavings and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed mouth-coating black fruits, exploding into loads of earthy sparks with a soft, velvety texture from ripe, rounded tannins. It finishes with spectacular freshness and loads of layers. 2024 - 2050
|Score: 95||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2020), March 2020|
Troplong Mondot saw hardly any frost—less than 10%. The 2017 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers up a cedar chest, cinnamon stick and cloves-laced nose with a core of crème de cassis, blackberry compote and preserved plums plus wafts of licorice, violets and sandalwood. Full-bodied, concentrated and sporting a firm frame of velvety tannins, it has a lively line lifting the densely packed fruit, finishing long and on a compelling savory note.
|Score: 95/97||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (236), April 2018|
Very perfumed and subtle with crushed currants, smoke and blackberries. Medium to full body. Compressed, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with serious structure for the vintage. It grows slowly on the palate. Really beautiful. Drink after 2022.
|Score: 96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2020|
A bright and vivid red with dark-berry and plum character. Floral and bright. Medium to full body. Intense and crystal-clear. Ultra-fine tannins with a long and beautiful. Wonderful balance and harmony.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2018|
The 2017 Troplong Mondot is easily one of the wines of the vintage. New CEO Aymeric de Gironde (formerly of Cos d’Estournel) and consulting oenologist Thomas Duclos are masterminding a remarkable new chapter in the life of Troplong Mondot. A major stylistic shift in the direction of freshness and energy has resulted in a positively stunning Troplong Mondot endowed with tremendous depth and vibrant. A rush of black cherry, plum, mocha, new leather and spice builds as this gorgeous Saint-Émilion shows off its breeding and total class. The blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc .
|Score: 95/98||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2018|
Black core with deep purple rim. Smells ripe, almost a little raisiny, rich in purple fruit. Firm tannins but it does have freshness on the finish. Chewy, dense, with the oak well integrated. Still in a very ripe style.
|Score: 16.5||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2018|
No frost here at the top of the South-facing Saint Emilion slope. Yield a healthy 44 hl/ha. The harvest started earlier (September 18th) than it would have done under the old wine-making regime. New oak has gone down from 100% to 65%. Medium/deep in colour with a sweet, plush, exotic nose of kirsch and damson. The palate is smooth and luxuriant, with ripe tannins and plush cassis to the fore. Exotic all spice and baked almonds bolster a rich glycerol texture, but this is not nearly as extracted and jammy as it has been in previous years. This is modern, ripe and round, but not excessively so. Now closer to Canon than to Pavie stylistically.
|Score: 16+||Farr Vintners, April 2018|
The fruit on the nose is sweet and ripe the palate has depth of flavour a rich mix of mainly black fruits. Brambles underpins and balances lighter at the back with richer sweet fruit giving breadth and depth on the finish.
|Score: 89/91||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2018|
Aymeric de Gironde arrived here from Cos d'Estournel in September 2017, and he is clearly intending to make his mark. To get things started, they have brought the harvest dates forward (particularly on the Butte de Mondot, where drainage in recent years has stopped that clay mound being as cool as it once was). They have also stopped carrying out malolactic in new oak and brought the level of new oak down to 65% from 90%. They have a new consultant in the form of Thomas Duclos - this is surely his year - and carried out the blending before ageing in barrel, in a nod to Aymeric's left bank experience. Very little here was affected by the frost, giving a yield of 45hl/ha, 95% used for the grand vin. This is a terroir that doesn't need to be dressed up, as I have said several times in the past, and Aymeric is taking what had already begun under Xavier Parrente to the next level. This is one of the few wines to really make your heart race in 2017, with its blueberry and cool, black fruit notes with zippy minerality and a juicy, slightly saline finish. There is plenty of power, but it's contained, and the fruit is almost surprising in its purity and direction - it makes everyone around the table start talking. This is an extremely surprising 2017, one that I absolutely recommend without hesitation.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
|Score: 96||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2018|
There was only a small amount of frost here and Aymeric de Gironde, the new General Manager, has adopted a brand new (in fact very old) philosophy for this awesome estate atop the Mondot hill. The various plots, or climats, all receive equal attention and it is this collaborative feel which has brought harmony to this wine. There is vibrancy and positive energy contributing to this bright aura. The freshness and grip is invigorating and this is a remarkable debut for this property’s new lease of life. The restaurant is shut, the Château will be renovated and the winery will be changed, too. This wine is a signal of intent and it is very clear that Troplong’s ambitions appear very exciting indeed.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2018|