The 2016 La Mondotte was aged in 70% new oak for 17 months and bottled in May 2018. The nose flirts with overripeness, hints of canned prune tincturing the black fruit, but just pulls back from the brink. There is something slightly ripasso about it. The palate is medium-bodied, rounded and sumptuous in style, delivering lush tannin and black cherries and cassis fruit infused with marmalade and sloes. This is a luscious, luxurious La Mondotte, although I prefer the Canon-la-Gaffelière this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035
Robert Parker 93
The 2016 La Mondotte is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc this year, picked between 29 September and 15 October and matured in 70% new oak. The alcohol level is around 14.5%. It has a lucid purple hue in the glass. The bouquet is very perfumed, very pure with luscious red cherries, blueberry and a hint of sloes, the new oak discrete and allowing the terroir to shine through perhaps more than the 2015 last year. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, but underneath the bonnet, there is considerable tannic backbone that certainly can be felt more towards the finish that exerts a light grip. In a strange way, it reminds me a little of Château Canon! Give this 4-5 years once in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050