Château Troplong Mondot
Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classé B (First Growth)
Château Troplong Mondot sits at the top of Mondot, the escarpment to the east of Saint Emilion which gives magnificent views over the vineyards and the Dordogne, neighbouring Château Pavie (which was once part of the estate). Troplong Mondot is one of the largest and most famous of the Saint Emilion Grand Crus. The impressive château dates back to 1745 and was built by the Abbé de Séze and gained the name Troplong from Raymond Troplong, a previous owner, who was a former president of the French Senate.
It was bought by the Valette family in 1936 and is now run by Xavier Pariente. It's not been a widely known Château throughout history but Christine Valette and Xavier Pariente have certainly raised its profile. Michel Rolland has acted as consultant oenologist until 2000 with Jean-Philippe Fort taking over from that date. Since the 1990s the wines have just kept on improving. Xavier Pariente, in a close collaboration with Jean-Phillipe Fort and Claude and Lydia Bourguignon (specialsts in sustainable development in soils) conducted an ecological study of the parcellar cultural profile to restore the biodiversity of the soils. A third of the property is worked only with horses and for decades no insecticide nor presticide has been used. In 2010 Xavier Pariente created the first guest rooms on the property and in 2012 a gastronomic restuarant 'Les Belles Perdrix de Troplong Mondot;. In 2016 their chef, David Charrier, obtained their first Micehlin star.
The vineyards of Château Troplong Mondot cover 74 acres and lie on limestone and clay with patches of flint and after a replantation programme in 1990 the age of the vines is 20 years old. The grapes grown are 86% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Troplong Mondot's wines are full bodied, fruit driven and a bluish purple colour. They have notes of blackcurrant, coffee, earth, vanilla, pepper and plum. They are rich, dense, well structured and classic wines which age gracefully and should be cellared.
Owner: Xavier Pariente
Chateau Website: www.chateau-troplong-mondot.com
Oenologist: Jean-Philippe Fort