Château-La-Mondotte Saint Emilion 1998
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Proprietor Stephan von Neipperg continues to produce outstanding benchmark wines of Bordeaux to compete with the most elite wines in the world.
La Mondotte's 4.5-hectares of vines grow on the clay-limestone plateau east of Saint-Emilion planted to 75 % Merlot and 25 % Cabernet Franc. This small gem of a vineyard has all the natural attributes of a Premier Grand Cru Classé. The terroir consists of very silty clay overlaying a rocky subsoil. This shallow, meagre soil induces excellent water regulation and is propitious to deep rooting. Fine natural drainage combined with outstanding sunshine make for early and complete ripening. The grapes, especially Merlot, are picked under ideal conditions every year. Dating from the 19th century, La Mondotte has been certified organic since 2014. The quality of La Mondotte's clay and the age of the vines (60 years on average) result in a wine that is profoundly marked by its terroir. It is silky, powerful, incomparably elegant, and has enormous minerality.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
Wine Advocate"An amazing tour de force in winemaking, this massive, opaque black/purple-colored offering boasts an extraordinarily pure nose of black fruits intermixed with cedar, vanillin, fudge, and espresso. It is unctuously-textured, with exhilarating levels of blackberry/cassis fruit and extract, as well as multiple dimensions that unfold on the palate. The 50-second finish reveals moderately high tannin. Despite its similarity to dry vintage port, it is not a wine to drink early. It is a colossal wine! Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035. The ultimate garage wine, La Mondotte is ultra-concentrated, frightfully expensive, yet worth every cent."
Wine SpectatorExtremely well-constructed young red. Black in color, and massively grapey, with loads of mineral, menthol and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with big, velvety tannins and a long, grapey finish. The leading new-wave wine of St.-Emilion. Best after 2010. 800 cases made.