Bordeaux 2023: Tertre Roteboeuf

21 May 2024

François Mitjavile’s Tertre Roteboeuf is probably the most idiosyncratic wine of St Emilion. In blind tastings, most don’t even place it in Bordeaux. However, its distinctive personality and ability to age with grace and charm attracts many loyal supporters.

This is also true of François’ Cotes de Bourg estates: Roc de Cambes and Domaine de Cambes. These wines, like Tertre Roteboeuf are opulent, tender and characterful, and while Francois likes to talk of “degraded fruit”, there is always a sense of tension and freshness. And therein lies the Mitjavilian paradox. Those who appreciate the house style will love these 2023s, they are wines with real charisma and personality.

Tertre Roteboeuf is linked to the excellent Roc de Cambes on a 1:3 basis, i.e. 6 bottles of Tertre Roteboeuf with 18 bottles of Roc de Cambes. You can purchase Roc de Cambes and Domaine de Cambes untied. To place an order, please contact your account manager or follow the links below.

“The 2023 Tertre Roteboeuf is deep garnet-purple in color. It erupts from the glass with powerful notes of plum preserves, juicy ripe blackberries, and licorice leading to suggestions of charcoal, black olives, cumin seed, lavender oil, and crushed rocks with a waft of iron ore. The full-bodied palate vibrates with energetic black fruits and savory accents, supported by beautifully velvety tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long and minerally. This is a stunning expression of the vintage!” – 96/98, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent

“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2023 Roc de Cambes bursts with gregarious notes of juicy black cherries and black raspberries followed by hints of violets, tar, and wood smoke with a touch of garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut, with dense muscular fruit framed by firm grainy tannins and beautiful tension, finishing long and minerally. This is impressive!” – 92/94, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent

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