Château Troplong Mondot – 1999 – Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

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Red wine with a quite developed colour here. It still has a quite dense ruby-red centre, but towards the rim it is rather tawny. Starting to fading a little bit, so it indicates a certain age. Really fine nose here it is certainly indicating maturity here, and I would first of all say complex. It is actually blending a lot of different things together here. I pick up some damp tobacco, cedar wood, almost like cigar box, with some leather, some earthy notes, smoke, truffle. There is also quite vigorous fruit. Still have a lot of wild berry notes in there. We still have a good density on the palate. Finely distributed tannin. So plenty of extract, but a good maturity here. A lot of those wild berry notes, with those fine spices; spice box, with tobacco and wood. So quite sophisticated I would say at this stage. It should probably reach twelve, fifteen years somewhere in that direction. So complex and layered, with a very long finish. I think the strength here is really that it starts out here quite powerful with copious amount of fruit, but it truly has a very long finish with nuance and spiciness. So a mature and sophisticated wine to enjoy today.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.