100 Points, (Bordeaux of the Vintage) – Decanter
You know if I’m going to start a series I have to do it with perfection. And that’s exactly what we have here today, the perfect 100-point Troplong Mondot. It was one of only 5 wines! In the 2020 vintage to receive a perfect score from Decanter – joining the likes of Mouton Rothschild, Petrus, Chateau LC Haut-Brion and Trotanoy as the only 100-pointers. When you consider that Petrus goes from $5,000/btl, Mouton goes for $700+, Trotanoy $400+, and LC Haut-Brion nearly $200/btl and without the type of pedigree as Troplong Mondot, it becomes evident this is the one you want.
Decanter wasn’t alone in their lavish praise for this incredible bottling. Galloni called it “wonderfully exuberant right out the gate” and with “tremendous breadth and power” in his 98-point review. Wine Enthusiast also gave it a 98 with a ‘Cellar Selection’ designate and called the wine, “powerful and dense”.
100 Points, (Wine of the Year, 2020) – Decanter
A sensational Troplong. Vibrant and vivid, this makes you smile from the firsdt smell: milk chocolate, floral notes of roses and lavendar, wet stones, liquorice, cinnamon, and ripe bramble fruits. Round and thrilling on the palate, tannins are abundant while a chalky blueberry coolness while a salty tang settles around the mouth. Lovely precision and purity of fruit; you feel the sharp definition – still linear which makes it less immediately charming than the 2019 but giving undeniable complexity. Deep but not heady, this remains pure and detailed, with a leanness from the terroir really setting this apart. After a few minutes, the glamour starts to appear giving a salivating, succulent and moreish aspect to the finish. An absolute beauty.
99 Points, James Suckling
This has superb depth and intensity with very fine tannins that draw you down. So much black fruit, together with black pepper and salt. Extremely well crafted. Vertical and deep. Chalky and salty with black chocolate.
98 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
This firmly structured wine with its high percentage of Merlot is powerful and dense. The bold black fruits and perfumed density are impressive. I will age, ready to drink from 2028.
98 Points, Vinous
The 2020 Troplong Mondot is fabulous. Rich, dark and expansive, the 2020 is wonderfully exuberant right out of the gate. Black cherry, plum, gravel, incense and licorice are all dialed up. There’s tremendous breadth and power, but without the excess weight of the past. Even so, the 2020 is a big, big, wine that needs the better part of a decade to soften. All the classic Troplong structure is there, but buffered by vibrant acids and tons of supporting minerality