The property on which Troplong Mondot's vineyard is planted has existed since the 18th century.
When abbot Raymond de Sèze, from a prestigious Bordeaux family, built the current château, Mondot was already considered to be among Saint Emilion's finest wines. Raymond Troplong, who subsequently became President of the Senate, added to the vineyard in 1850 and, since then, its size has remained unchanged. His nephew, Edouard Troplong, added his name to Mondot before selling it to the Valette family.
The 30 hectare vineyard consists mainly of old vines (with an average age of 35 years, although some are as old as 90), and benefits from a perfect orientation and natural drainage, since it is located at the highest point in Saint Emilion. Managed by Christine Valette-Parienté since 1980, the quality of the wines has improved dramatically, even in the lesser vintages. The result of long maceration, they are aged in oak barrels (with at least 75% new oak each year) for a period of varying length, depending on the structure of the vintage, which can be as long as 24 months. Richly coloured, Troplong Mondot's wines develop complex aromas of liquorice, blackcurrants and spices. Incredibly profound and concentrated, they boast an exceptional potential to age.
There were already murmurings regarding Troplong Mondot's chances of promotion in the 1996 revision of the Saint Emilion classification (which takes place every ten years). Official approval arrived in the 2006 revision, when Troplong Mondot was promoted to a Premier Grand Classé ¿B¿. Read more
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