Château Mondorion 2011 Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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Let's now move to the right bank, in Saint-Emilion with Château Mondorion and this classic Saint-Emilion Grand Cru red wine. A very well made fruity Merlot-dominated red with fresh aromas of black fruit and cedar. The integrated tannins give a nice balance and structure to the wine. Very Saint-Emilion style, and we love it. It would be perfect paired with a nice red meat.
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Château Mondorion Eye Dark ruby red
Vintage 2011 Nose  Black fruit and a hint of cedar
Appellation Saint Emilion Grand Cru Mouth Medium-bodied with complex aromas of balckberries and prunes with
Area Bordeaux   hints of oak (toast and vanilla). Nicely balanced with well-integrated tannins
Colour Red Drink from Now
Grapes Merlot (82%) Drink before 2020
  Cabernet Franc (18%) Open  1 hour before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 16-18°C
       
Food pairing
A great Saint-Emilion Grand Cru that would find it's place on the table for a nice Sunday lunch with a juicy red meat (beef or lamb).
 
A word about the domain
The Château Mondorion was named after Mondou, a hamlet near Saint-Emilion, and the four stars of the Orion constellation in reference to the four friends who bought it in 2000. Giorgio Cavanna, an adventurous Italian and three Bordelais friends decided to recreate a great wine in this lost vineyard. Mission accomplished:  after 10 years of development, Château Mondorion is now a reference in the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru appellation. It is also worth mentioning that they are treating the vines with the greatest care (manual harvest, controlled yield, low use of chemicals) and that everything in the domain is done manually.
 
What experts say
About the wine
Wine Spectator: 87
“Shows a whiff of savory before giving way to plum skin and black currant fruit, liberally lined with a tobacco leaf accent. Reveals a lightly dusty edge on the finish. Drink now through 2015.”

Guide Gilbert & Gaillard: 86
"Beautiful deep, vibrant red. Subdued nose with reticent fruit. A well-balanced wine on the palate with polished tannins and fruit slightly tinged with bitterness. A classic style that works."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Superficial sand on gravel or clay
Age of vines 35 years old
Yield 37 hl/ha
Harvest Manual
Maturing 14 months in oak barrels
Production 30,000 btls
Bottled November 2012
Alcohol 14%