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Chateau Troplong Mondot 2016

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    The 2016 Troplong-Mondot is cropped at 48 hectoliters per hectare between 3-27 October, matured in 77% new oak. It has a decadent bouquet that seems to carry more alcohol than its peers, very pure and floral and miraculously managing to maintain satisfying delineation. The palate is underpinned by enormous tannins! This is a massive Troplong Mondot that is very dense and sinewy, a bit of a "bruiser" in its infancy. It exerts a vice-like grip in the mouth with layers of fruit laced with black pepper on the prolonged finish. What's the Spinal Tap quote about turning everything up to eleven? This is a Saint Emilion that will either transform into a legend or will topple over by the sheer weight of the tannins, which is why I gave a slightly enlarged banded score. I'll be fascinated to re-taste this in bottle. Drink Date 2024 - 2045

    Country/Region: France, Saint Emilion

    Grape Variety: Merlot 89%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%, Cabernet Franc 2%

    Bottle Size: 750ml

    Robert Parker: 93-96/ 100