Chateau La Mondotte 2006
€ 204,49 (in. Vat)
|Brand||Chateau La Mondotte|
|Region||Bordeaux, St. Emilion|
The jewel of Stephan von Neipperg’s empire, this 12-acre vineyard had a very late harvest in 2006, with the Merlot being picked between October 2-4 and the Cabernet Franc not finished until October 11. The final blend is usually 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. The 2006 was extremely backward when I tasted it (it was probably just coming out of malo), so this rating may be conservative. The wine displays a deep saturated purple color along with a big, sweet nose of graphite, blueberries, blackberries, espresso roast, and flowers. There is excellent fruit on the attack, but the wine needs time to calm down. It should put on weight and reveal more seamlessness after aging in barrel. The raw potential for something even more exquisite than my initial rating suggests is obvious.
Mineral, floral and violet aromas follow through to a full body, with firm yet polished tannins and a cedar, vanilla bean and berry aftertaste. Solid and beautiful.