A few words from Aymeric de Gironde, President at Troplong Mondot, on the 2019 vintage.
The 2019 growing season was incredibly dry and hot. How did you cope with the drought and heat spikes and other climatic pressures during the growing season? If you can please tell us about the growing season?
First of all, do not forget that we are vintners. A good vintner knows about his vineyard and knows how to drive it. There are two major factors : a constant surveillance of our vineyard and how lucky we are to have our terroir. Our deep clay and limestone soils are like sponge and provide a constant water supply allowing our grapes to mature constantly.
The growing season : It all about the magic of nature ! In the end we had few periods of rain but a lot of rain that our soil can store for the rest of the season. Then we had a hot July and a cool August to balance and make our grapes mature slowly. Our great soils helped to regulate the plant and then the fruit.
Can you please tell us about the winemaking this year?
As you know, since the 2017 vintage, we took a big shift in terms of winemaking. First step is to harvest at the right time: not too early and not too late.
We are one of the first Saint-Emilion estate to harvest every year, early September, to keep freshness and juiciness and calm down alcohol level. We have a huge and strong terroir – our objective is to contain all this power.
Then, in the winery, we do not practice extractions anymore; we are using grapes infusion instead. Gently – slowly – softly. We want to only have what the grape is giving to us. We can’t force the fruit.
Can you tell us about the specific blend you used for the 2019 vintage?
Every year, our final blend represent more or less our vineyard varietal planting: 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.
What do you feel has had the biggest effect on the final taste profile of the 2019 vintage?
The 2019 vintage is a tubular wine : long, straight with a booming after taste. This wine is aromatic, electric, full of energy with underlying power. It has velvety tannins and a lot of minerality melted with some very juicy and elegant fruits.
How does 2019 compare to other vintages – what is it most similar to and, at the same time, how does it differ from those vintages?
You will find the sexiness of a 2015 with the finesse, delicacy and energy of a 2010 or 2016.
Read the full report: Bordeaux 2019 A Vintage Preview