Chateau Troplong Mondot with its 33 ha is considered to be a large estate as the majority of properties in this area are usually no bigger than 10 ha.
It sits on the top of a hill (106 meters) and dominates the surrounding countryside; the gentle south west slope overlooking the village of Saint-Émilion and
the sharp south facing hill which extends to Chateau Pavie
The vineyard is planted on this plateau where it has optimal sunlight and perfect natural drainage. The average age of the vines are thirty years old,
they flourish and reach perfection in a limestone clay soil enhanced with sedimentary fragments of flint and chalk. It’s this secret alchemy which makes
the quality of our ‘terroir’.
Following a geographical survey of the estate’s terroirs, viticultural methods were reviewed and greatly enhanced. They are now adapted to the soils
variation and in accordance with our terroirs: ploughing, cover crop seeding, preparation of fallow soils for vines and a specific protocol for replanting.
In one area, a terroir requires a natural grass cover crop; in another, ploughing is necessary to de-compact the soil. Maintaining soil structure and
controlling vine vigour have been made a priority, while for the last 20 years or more the use of weed killers has been totally eliminated. For 15 years
now, Troplong Mondot set a very sophisticated drainage protocol to overcome the subsoil’s hydromorphy, in order to optimise the sanitary state of the vines.
Since 2007 a collaboration (under contract) continues with Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, specialists in sustainable development of the soils, to optimise
The introduction of animal drawn ploughing methods seemed an obvious change to make : eight dray horses have now
replaced the tractors, eliminating mechanical vineyard work. The result is there: thanks to the new plantations in staggered rows and a less compaction of
the soils obtained with the animal traction, the vineyard breathes better. De-budding in the spring. Between June, July and August, de-leafing, crop thinning
and then a final de-leafing on the other side of the canopy, in order to achieve optimal grape ripening.
Carefully thought-out harvests: a geographical survey has enabled us to sharpen our parcellar management by choosing the picking dates upon the characteristics
of each of our terroirs, allowing us to bring out in each vat (adapted to each of our plots and filled up by gravity) the individual character of each terroir.
Our vineyard is planted traditionally with the best varietals of this area of Bordeaux. Merlot is the royal varietal of this region and the most widely planted
which gives the powerful structure to our wines, in other words, its body and flexibility, whereas Cabernet Franc gives it delicacy and elegance and Cabernet
Sauvignon its personality and long life.