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A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the 2013 is deep purple with a gorgeous nose of black cherry liqueur, mulberries, licorice, graphite and spring flowers. The wine is surprisingly full-bodied, round, with sweet tannin, real succulence, lush texture and a stunning finish. This is a major over-achiever in even great vintages, but in 2013 an effort like this is especially impressive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years
The popularity of La Mondotte hinges largely on its rags-to-riches story (plus, it’s not often that the INAO can be thanked for the creation of an exciting new domaine). That, and the wine’s extreme characteristics composed of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which arguably lead the charge of the garagiste movement. Of course, the astonishingly small yield – often as little as 18 hectolitres per hectare – means the estate produces less than 1,000 cases of wine per year, and thanks to a number of extremely favourable reviews, demand consistently far outstrips supply, creating around the wine an aura of intrigue and status which has piqued the interests of collectors and investors for many years. But the wine’s success does not rely solely on its reputation. Its graphite, liquorice and black cherry flavour, coupled with a thick mouthfeel, cool climate minerality and surprising freshness, speaks for itself.