1996 Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion
Dark ruby garnet color. The nose is a mass of integrated cassis, toast, and floral aromas, with an interesting tar component. Beautiful mouth feel, smooth and very integrated flavors, the fruit trails off just a bit on the long finish.
International Wine CellarGood full red-ruby color. Redcurrant, raspberry, plum, tobacco, spice and mint on the nose. Sweet on entry, then firm and nicely delineated thanks to lively acids. Finishes with firm tannins and sneaky length. More Medoc in style than usual for this chateau; more marked by the cabernet-but this is still about 75% merlot.