Picked on 22nd September, the Tertre-Rôteboeuf has a very pure, lifted bouquet with great precision and minerality. It is not powerful, but it has great refinement and finesse. The palate is introverted, remaining its shell, but it has crisp, almost chalky tannins and very pure, pixelated dark berry fruit with hints of spice on the linear finish. It is not expressive at the moment, but it has great potential. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
Deep ruby in the glass. This has the classic Tertre Roteboeuf perfume - violets, cloves and cherries - reminiscent of great red Burgundy, but with hints of deeper cassis and smoky undertones adding greater power and weight. The palate is pure in bramble fruit flavour, ripe and soft in a way that elevates it above the 2011 vintage. Through the mid palate there is great flesh and complexity - light barbecue smoke, cherry blossom, violets and dried herb. The tannins are refined and supple, meaning that this is already perfect for drinking now. The silky texture and great power with lifted floral freshness also gives the wine great ageing potential. Certainly capable of 10-15 years of further bottle age without any struggle. Supple, spicy and juicy on a long finish. All in all a superb, classic Tertre Roteboeuf.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2017|
Francois Mitjavile's brilliant and unique wine has a different character from that of all its Saint Emilion rivals. There is almost a Pinot Noir sweetness and exceptional purity. Only available in very limited quantities. Our visit to the unassuming cellars with their mud floors and dirty walls is always fascinating. 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Simply unique in Bordeaux - but the closest wine to this in style is Le Pin. Picked at the end of September, this is a gorgeously creamy wine with strawberry mousse and summer pudding flavours and a hint of Pinot Noir. Spicy notes of smoke and a hint of chocolate, bacon and cinnamon. Very individual and really lovely. Intense yet delicate with fabulous purity.
|Score: 16.5||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
The nose has a lovely mix of flavours sweet black fruits and fresher red. The fruit feels ripe giving flesh on the palate a lovely supple feel and although the tannins feel ripe they give enough structure to support. The finish has elegance and an exotic hint of spice.
|Score: 93/96||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
The engaging François Mitjavile has excelled himself, making a silky, alluring wine of great distinction. Deeply coloured, complex and fine, this Merlot-based red shows polish, structure and finesse, with notes of sweet black fruits, liquorice and subtle vanilla oak, dense tannins and a long, fine finish with plenty of grip and concentration. The famous amphitheatre of vines has delivered in 2011. 15+ years.
|Score: 96||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, May 2012|
Less exotic than recent vintages but stylistically true to form. Expressive red fruit nose. Ripe, round and warm but with energy to the fruit. Tannins are smooth and comforting. Drink 2017-2028.
|Score: 17||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|
Stunning, expressive ripeness - has a quality of fruit that just can't be faked. Long, elegant, fragrant nose. Sensitive oak character - opulent and luxurious but never excessive. Very firm tannin - deserve loads of time. Handles the high alcohol ably.
|Score: 18.5||Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, December 2014|