2010 Chateau Troplong-Mondot (Case of Twelve OWC)

Year: 2010
Appellation: Saint-Emilion
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 99
Vinous Media: 90-94
Wine Enthusiast: 93-95
Jeff Leve: 97
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
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"Ripe and dense, but very vibrant and energetic, as a torrent of cassis, blackberry coulis and fig paste rushes through, framed by enticing black licorice and evenly roasted alder and juniper notes. The long finish has lots of grip and acidity, but they work together and are deeply embedded. Captures the fruit and structure of the vintage superbly. Best from 2015 through 2030." (WS)

"Inky, bluish/black/purple, with notes of spring flowers, licorice, camphor, graphite, and a boatload of blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit, this is a powerful, full-bodied Troplong Mondot. All the building components of acidity, tannin, wood and alcohol are judiciously and impressively integrated. It is a blend of 90% Merlot and the rest equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc made by Christine Valette and her husband Xavier Pariente with the consultancy help of Michel Rolland. I-m not sure what the heady alcohol level is in Troplong Mondot in 2010 (it certainly must be in the 15%+ range), but it is well-concealed behind the extravagant, richness, full-bodied power, and pure nobility of this majestic wine. Forget this for 5-7 years and drink it over the following three decades.

An absolutely stunning wine from this estate, which seems to be on a mission to produce exquisite world-class wines with enormous aging potential, the 2010 is showing better from bottle than it even did from barrel." (WA)

"(15.5% alcohol; 83% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon and e% cabernet franc;) Inky violet-ruby. Spearmint and cola notes mingle with aromas of ripe black plum and fresher blackcurrant. Dense, bright and juicy, with flavors of creamy ripe black fruits, lead pencil and cocoa. Finishes long and pure, with a trace of alcohol and very assertive but smooth tannins. This will appeal more to those who appreciate very ripe, high-octane wines." (IWC)

"93-95 Minty aromas, smooth wood, a wine that has great richness, elegance. It is dominated by new wood, while the delicious black currant fruits cut through with acidity. A modern, stylish wine. — R.V. (6/25/2011)" (WE)

"From an assemblage of 83% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc, the wine is inky in color with notes of espresso bean, blueberry, licorice, chocolate, smoke, black cherry and plum liqueur. Thick, intense, tannic, polished, rich and powerful, this wine fills your mouth and coats your palate with multiple waves of sensuously textured fruits, licorice and chocolate. Could this end of the decade wine be the finest vintage of Chateau Troplong Mondot produced yet? It has some stiff competition with 2009, 2005 and 1990. Regardless of where it fits in, this is a great wine that belongs in any Troplong Mondot lovers cellar! 97 points - Tasted Oct 3, 2012" (JL)

"Very intense blackberry and blueberry character on the nose. Full body with super refined tannins and beautiful fruit. So delicious and pretty. Very rich and a little high-octane. Yet luscious and flamboyant. Try in 2018." (JS)