- Château le Tertre Rôteboeuf
- St Emilion
- Merlot / Cabernet Franc
- 2028 - 2050
- Case size
- En Primeur
Neal Martin, May 2021,
The 2020 Tertre-Rôteboeuf has exquisite purity on the nose, to the point where I could not decide whether the aromatics resembled a fine Romanée-Saint-Vivant or a Saint-Émilion. Maybe a mixture of the two? There are plush black cherries, cassis and vanilla, and creamy new oak but wonderfully integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. This particular sample, from a half-bottle, did demonstrate quite a bit of wood tannin, especially on the finish, but that will be subsumed by the oak, and as my glass warmed up, it did become more enmeshed. I suspect this Tertre-Rôteboeuf will require more bottle aging than previous vintages. Drink 2028 - 2050
Antonio Galloni, June 2021,
The 2020 Tertre-Rôteboeuf is rich, deep and fabulously expressive, packing so much punch and energy into its midweight yet opulent frame. Black cherry, gravel, menthol, spice, licorice and smoke all build in the glass. Red cherry, red plum, lavender and blood orange lend brightness as the 2020 gains volume. Dazzling. Drink 2030 - 2050
Wine Advocate, May 2021,
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. Drink 2028-2060
Decanter, May 2021,
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. Drink 2024-2036
Matthew Jukes, April 2021,
I feel like I need to warm up and stretch before unleashing this mighty wine from its bottle. Even though the TR quartet arrived in half-bottle format it seems that the Grand Vin requires more effort to lift and pour its contents such is the structure and intensity of this wine. On the palate it is centred, brooding and ever so slightly menacing. The nose is hugely powerful and black-fruited and even the oak notes wait their turn for the fruit to greet the palate and then stride away in its flowing robes of flavour. This is a big wine, and a flamboyant one, too, but it has searing freshness on the finish and there is true balance here in spite of the density of exotic fruit. Texturally, this is a fantastic treat because there is so much to hold onto and this makes Tertre Roteboeuf a hedonistic delight in 2020.
Jancis Robinson, May 2021,
Seductive and just a little decadent as always en primeur with a mix of toasted, mocha notes from the oak and red-berry fruit. Dense, rich and ripe on the palate, the ripeness pushed just to the limit. Supple tannins but a structure for ageing, the alcohol offset by a stony freshness. (JL) Drink 2027 – 2040
Jeb Dunnuck, May 2021,
One of the wines of the vintage will be the 2020 Château Tertre Roteboeuf, which has its classic exotic, boisterous, incredibly sexy personality front and center. Cassis, smoked meats, vanilla, graphite, white truffle, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality are just some of the nuances here, and it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, incredibly purity, building tannins, and a blockbuster of a finish. I followed this barrel sample for just under a week and it never showed a hint of oxidation or fatigue. This cuvée always shows lots of oak (it’s brought up in 100% new barrels), especially in its youth, but it is incredibly well-integrated and largely disappears once at full maturity. Hide bottles for 7-8 years if you can, and it’s going to keep for 30 years or more.
Wine Cellar Insider, May 2021,
The striking nose with its exotic perfume is just the start here. Full-bodied, opulent, sensuously textured, the fruits are perfectly ripe, fresh, sweet and addictive. With a fabulous blend of ripe and almost overripe crushed black raspberries, kirsch, flowers, crushed rocks and forest notes, the wine seeks your attention. Rich, silky, concentrated and multi-faceted, the wine is long, intense, pure and energetic. This uniquely styled wine stands out in a crowd and should age and evolve for at least 2-3 decades with little effort.
Château le Tertre Rôteboeuf
The oddly named Tetre Roteboeuf (hill of the belching beef) - so called after the oxen used to till the soil - exploded onto the scene in in the 1980's with Francois Mitjavile, the unique winemaker at the helm. His determination and single-mindedness to produce wines comparable to those from the likes of Pétrus and Lafleur in intensity and extract, in his vineyard southeast of St.Emilion, have apparently paid off.The 5.7 hectares of vineyards are planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Mitjavile's harvests his grapes late - the grapes must be perfectly ripe, resulting in raisin-like lusciousness (Tertre Roteboeuf's trademark) and he keeps his yields small. He uses 100% new oak for the 18-22months of ageing. Parker states in his Bordeaux guide: "Le tertre Roteboeuf is irrefutably one of Bordeaux's superstars."
South of Pomerol lies the medieval, perched village of St Emilion. Surrounding St Emilion are vines that produce round, rich and often hedonistic wines. Despite a myriad of soil types, two main ones dominate - the gravelly, limestone slopes that delve down to the valley from the plateau and the valley itself which is comprised of limestone, gravel, clay and sand. Despite St Emilion's popularity today, it was not until the 1980s to early 1990s that attention was brought to this region. Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, began reviewing their Merlot-dominated wines and giving them hefty scores. The rest is history as they say. Similar to the Médoc, there is a classification system in place which dates from 1955 and outlines several levels of quality. These include its regional appellation of St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, which is further divided into "A" (Ausone and Cheval Blanc) and "B" (including Angélus, Canon, Figeac and a handful of others). To ensure better accuracy, the classification is redone every 10 years enabling certain châteaux to be upgraded or downgraded depending on on the quality of their more recent vintages.