Nicknamed the the 'Great Unknown' by the winemakers at Chateau Troplong Mondot due to uneven weather conditions throughout the growing season the 2001 Troplong Mondot appeared to be at risk. However, the it seems to have been given the benefit of the doubt, showing great concentration, elegance and lovely sweet tannins in an all-round superb wine.
This wine blend is 85% Merlot with equal parts of the remainder given to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Mid crimson and still youthful-looking at the rim. Very ripe nose, even slightly porty, but on the palate there is enough freshness to keep the wine from being unpleasantly over the top. Some real elegance and lift. Great polish. Not as forced as some later vintages. There’s still lots of punch in this wine.
This estate continues to merit substantial praise. Let’s hope in the upcoming revised Classification of the Wines of St.-Emilion, Troplong Mondot merits elevation to Premier Grand Cru Classe, which it has deserved for some time. Not far off the pace of the spectacular 2000, the 2001 is performing even better from bottle than it was from cask. A gorgeous perfume of plum jam, creme de cassis, flowers, licorice, black fruits, a hint of graphite, and well-integrated wood notes is followed by a medium to full-bodied St.-Emilion with superb texture, great flavor purity, and tremendous harmony as well as elegance. Remarkably approachable despite its impressive concentration and well-concealed tannin, this is a beauty.
Good medium ruby-red. High-toned, floral, inky aromas of blackberry, black cherry and shoe polish, with a slight roasted note. Sweet on entry, then supple and complex, showing more breadth today than the young 2002. Flavors of black cherry, game, wild herbs, shoe polish and licorice. Then rather austere on the finish, with substantial, slightly tough, toothcoating tannins and a note of dark chocolate.
The blend is from 85% Merlot, 7.5 Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Cabernet Franc. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol and was aged in 100% new oak. Smoke, earth, stone, black cherry and truffle. With air, the medium/full bodied, sensuous, wine filled out in the glass while becoming softer, with more richness. Ready to drink and close to maturity, ends with fresh blackberry and spicy plum sensations.
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