(95 - 97)+, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2020 Troplong Mondot is composed of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, harvested from 4th September and lasting for about three weeks. The pH is 3.53, the IPT (tannin index) is 75 and the alcohol is 14.5%. Opaque purple-black colored, it opens with a vivacious burst of black fruits—stewed plums, baked blackberries and boysenberries—giving way to a fragrant undercurrent of licorice, ground cloves, cinnamon stick and lilacs, with a touch of bouquet garni. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of plump, juicy black fruits and savory sparks, framed by fantastically ripe, fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and opulent.
“Our limestone and clay soils really did their job of capturing the moisture in the winter,” said Aymeric de Gironde, winemaker at Troplong Mondot. “In the center, we have the clay soils with large stones and flint. This is what I call the freebie—the core of the vineyard around the water tower—where you get all that generosity for free, lots of power and structure. Then you have the outskirts, which has a limestone subsoil. The limestone and earlier harvest give a minerality, with the silkiness of the tannins. We are looking for a very round and deep wine, but also very dynamic.
Harvest was very warm. So, we really had to adjust what we did. We only harvested in the early morning. In the winery, we have built a cool room to store the grapes about a day and a half before we ferment. We immediately bring them down to about five degrees. We managed this year to have quite a long cold maceration—averaging about 10 days, but some tanks were pushed to 15 days. Then the fermentation went very fast—one of the fastest and most efficient we’ve had. Also, as in 2019, we didn’t do any malolactic in barrels in 2020—only in tanks. This brings a bit more purity to the wines. Then you can blend the plots more easily, with greater clarity.”
Not without its challenges, 2020 was a great vintage to continue the upward trajectory and unveiling of the new expression of this very special site at Troplong Mondot—and what an exhilarating ride this is!
Conditionnement : Caisse Bois de 6
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Prix : 84.00 €