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2005 Chateau Troplong Mondot St. Emilion Grand Cru
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    We have been hearing many good comments in the wine press about the 2005 Troplong Mondot, but our sample comes with as many questions as it does virtues. It starts out well in the nose with lots of black cherry fruit, chocolate and loam, but it also shows an ill-fitting note of burnt toast. While it has plenty of weight and early palatal richness as well, it drifts to toughness and heat as it goes, and its fruit runs away. Whether or not and how it fills in with time are the unavoidable questions...
  • International Wine Cellar
    Full ruby-red. Spectacularly ripe nose offers plum jam, minerals, licorice, mocha and a whiff of game, all lifted by exotic flowers. Explosively ripe and sweet in the mouth, with uncanny fullness and depth to the flavors of raspberry, smoke and milk chocolate. A blockbuster of a wine with a three-dimensional texture and outstanding weight but with almost magically ripe acidity giving great precision to the flavors and drawing out the finish. Incredible melting tannins saturate the palate and fron...
  • Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator