Ch. Troplong Mondot

This attractive 18th century Château was promoted to the ranks of Premier Grand Cru Classé in Saint-Émilion in 2006, reflecting Troplong Mondot’s growing reputation for quality.

Château Troplong Mondot

About the producer

It was the culmination of almost three decades of hard work by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente, investing in the vineyard and modernising the winery and cellars in both 1990 and 2008.

Sitting at the highest point in the appellation on clay-limestone, this 33 hectare vineyard is dominated by Merlot, which represents 85% of plantings with Cabernet Sauvignon accounting for 13% and Cabernet Franc just 2%.

Its new vineyards (4 hectares from Clos Labarde and 6 hectares from Bellisle Mondotte), are currently included in the second wine this year but it is hoped they will contribute to the grand vin in the coming years.

Troplong-Mondot has been known for its opulent and rich style but this may be a thing of the past.

Since changing hands in 2017, the wines are now being picked earlier and the use of new oak has fallen, bringing a fresher and more energetic style. Instead of being the last to pick, it was the first in 2018 which caused a few raised eyebrows, but the decision was rewarded with high praise from the critics.

Its second wine, Mondot, is typically 100% Merlot and is sold when it is bottled, rather than en primeur, and offers an affordable taste of the Troplong style.


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