Chateau Troplong Mondot 1er Grand Cru Classe Saint Emilion 2013
The large and often overlooked Chateau Troplong Mondot is located southeast of Saint-Émilion town and has a lovely view from its 110m high plateau above the city from a south-easterly direction. The castle was built by the family de Sèze in 1745 and the first vineyards were planted in 1850. The castle has the classification Saint-Émilion AOC Premier Grand Cru Classé B and has a very distinguished neighbor in the form of Chateau Pavie, which in 2012 was promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé A.
The castle was owned by a Belgian wine merchant in the early 20th century until 1936, when the Parisian wine merchant Alexander Vallette bought the castle. In 1980, his great-grandson Christine Valette inherited the castle, and with absolutely no sense of either growing wine or doing business, she was supported by the now reputable oenologist Michel Rolland, who helped as a consultant.
Rolland introduced his philosophy of late-harvested grapes with very low grape return, only to highlight the best grapes from the fields. The second major measure was that in future there should be absolutely no machine harvest. The combination of Rolland's actions and Christine's vision resulted in an ever-improving quality over the next decades. Sadly, Christine passed away far too soon in 2014.
The castle has a total of 43 hectares, with 85% Merlot being supplemented with 13% Cabernet Sauuvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. Since 1985, the castle has produced a 2nd wine called "Mondot" and has a total production of both first and second wines of approximately 110,000 bottles.
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