A prime plot perched 106 meters above Saint-Emilion
Chateau Troplong Mondot, Premier Grand Cru Classé B, is one of the true gems of the region, particularly of the greater Right Bank. Easily recognizable for its elegant building overlooking the village of Saint-Emilion, the Chateau is strategically located on a prime plot on the “Mondot” hill. On this plot located 106 meters above sea level, the vines enjoy exposure from all four cardinal elements, a favorable condition that promotes the maturity of their fruit.
A Class unto Itself
Since the 1990’s, the quality of the Troplong Mondot wines has made remarkable progression. This upward trend can be explained by the quality of land, but it is not the only factor. In 1981, Claude Valette entrusted the care and future of the vines to his daughter Christine. Since that time, Christine Valette-Pariente, her husband Xavier Pariente and their team have worked to constantly improve the terroir of this 33 hectare plot. In recognition of hard work and consistent effort, the property was appropriately rewarded with the elevated status of Premier Cru Classé (B) during the 2006 decennial Saint-Emilion classification. This new ranking was then fittingly reaffirmed in the latest classification in September 2012.
A Rich History
At the start of the 18th Century, Chateau Troplong Mondot belonged to one of Bordeaux’ most important aristocratic families: the Sèze family. But it was not until the 19th century that the names Troplong and Mondot were merged to form the estate as we know it today. In 1850, Raymond-Théodore Troplong acquired the Chateau Mondot. Upon his death, Edouard Troplong inherited the estate and immediately decided to add Mondot to his own name, thus Troplong Mondot was born. Much later, in the 1940’s, the family Valette, wine merchants from Paris, acquired the Chateau.
During the 1980’s the Chateau set a new course to give the estate a dynamic character, of land and technique, that would allow it to fairly compete with the Crus Classés. The estate had the grand terroir but it needed to be called upon to deliver more. Christine Valette and Xavier Pariente carried out major renovations, including remodeling the winery, the cellars, improving the vineyards and enlisting the help of internationally recognized regional specialist, Michel Rolland who was winemaker until 2000. Since then Jean-Philippe Fort has been winemaker, taking great pride in crafting the fine wines from the estate.
Signature Terroir Expressed in the Glass
The 33 hectares of Troplong Mondot vineyards spread across a south-western facing slope, the famous plateau overlooking Saint-Emilion, and the steep southern slope next to Chateau Pavie. Thus the recipe for this great wine uses only the best ingredients. With an ideal exposition that provides great sunlight and limestone clay soils that provide good drainage, allowing for good hydric regulation of the vines, the berries produced in this soil are defined by their finesse and complexity. The soil enriched by sedimentary fragments of limestone and flint enrich the Merlot (85% of the total plantings), Cabernet Sauvignon (13%) and Cabernet Franc (2%) vines.
If each vintage leaves a unique mark on the wine, the fundamental style, or the DNA of Troplong Mondot, remains the same year after year, providing a distinctive mark that wine lovers can find in their glass. Profound, sensual, elegant, refined, a raw and unpretentious fruitiness, these are some of the adjectives that perfectly describe these wines. Pleasant in its youth, with freshness, aromas of delicate violet florals, and palate caressing fruit, this wine asserts more powerful, rich and complex aromas with age. It does not escape notice that this wine marries two opposing forces of strength and delicacy, to deliver balance, precision and harmony.