A fabulous effort, this sleeper of the vintage may turn out to be the finest Troplong-Mondot since the 1990. The black/purple-colored 1998 exhibits floral, blueberry, blackberry, licorice, vanillin, and truffle-like aromas (or is it charcoal/graphite?). Dense, full-bodied, and pure, yet extremely fresh and elegant, this beautifully focused wine needs 3-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. (RP)
Beautiful bright blackberry and blueberry character on the nose. Very pure. Full-bodied, with a dense mouthfeel. Long and chewy. Very tight. Give it time still. (JS, Web Only-2009)
The 1998 Troplong Mondot has an opulent, quite lactic bouquet with dark chocolate and mocha-tinged bouquet, missing the definition of the 1988 by comparison. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, fully mature with tobacco-tinged dark berry fruit. In common with the 1988 there is a Left Bank element to this wine, but it is just missing some definition and precision towards the finish. Not bad, but I think it reflects more the winemaking style in vogue at the time rather than the terroir. Tasted at the château. (NM)
Bright medium ruby. Spicy aromas of raspberry, currant, red licorice, smoke, leather and melting toffee. Bright and tight but with good density. Flavors of dark berries and lead pencil. Nicely delineated but currently dominated by its firm acids and tannins. This has excellent intensity and grip, but the firm tannic spine will require at least six or seven years of patience. (ST) 90+
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