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Château Tertre Rôteboeuf




St Emilion

Grape Variety:

Merlot Cabernet

Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf, St Emilion Grand Cru, 2020

Tasting Note:

Unlike anything else from Bordeaux, Francois Mitjavile’s 2020 Tertre Roteboeuf is a gourmand treat for the senses. Initially this reminded us of old vintages of Le Pin with its heady, kaleidoscopic aromatic complexity like a grand cru Burgundy, it is as profound as it is unique. Fragrant, floral, black cherry and incense merge with liquorice, wild flowers and nouri – so decadent and intense. The palate is broad and rich, soaked with staining crème de mûre and graphite, it possesses a huge core of dark fruit laced with minerals, all swathed in grand-scale tannins, which provide tremendous length and intrigue. This is an extremely handsome, brooding Tertre Roteboeuf with huge aging potential. Superb!

"This is a powerful, deeply focused and intense. Plenty of spice, cassis pastille, intense muscular tannins, fairly closed and austere right now, but a real sense of lift and juice becomes clear after 10 minutes of opening in the glass. Harvest began on September 21st, the earliest since Mitjavile arrived at the estate. Recently had the beautiful 1998 of Tertre Roteboeuf, and it is easy to see that this vintage also will allow the limestone terroir to become clearer with bottle age." 95/100 - Jane Anson, Decanter.com

"Opaque purple-black in color, the 2020 Le Tertre Roteboeuf needs a little coaxing and patience to lure out captivating notes of wild blueberries, crushed black plums and juicy blackberries, followed by suggestions of red roses, dark chocolate, molten licorice and rich, red soil, with wafts of garrigue and cumin seed. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers decadently intense, exotic spice and mineral-accented black fruit flavors, supported by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and very perfumed. This is without doubt one of the most impactful, singular, nuanced 2020 barrel samples tasted." 97-99 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate

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