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Tertre Rôteboeuf 2005

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > St Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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Tasting Notes

A sensational effort, Tertre Roteboeuf's 2005, along with the 2000, is one of the most profound wines made by Francois Mitjavile. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of sweet black currants, jammy cherries, licorice, and spice. Full-bodied and opulent with high, but remarkably sweet, velvety tannins as well as a stunning texture and a finish that lasts nearly a minute, this prodigious St.-Emilion should be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for two decades or more. Kudos to the proprietor. Drink 2011-2031.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008

It is still early days for the 2005 Tertre Rôtebeouf, but the wine is already quite expressive, bursting with spicy ripe blackcurrant, tar, mocha and some incipient truffly soil tones. On the palate the wine is rich, broad and structured, and is much less expansive and open at this stage than the 2000 as the tannins really need a few more years to melt away. This will be spectacular in the fullness of time.

William Kelley, wfkelley.com, December 2016

Beautiful fruit with a Burgundian style. Pure and aromatic. Full-bodied, with gorgeous fruit and a long, long finish. Seductive. This is a fascinating and cerebral wine that wows you with its beauty. This could easily move up to a classic rating.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Tasted blind. Healthy glowing dark crimson. Heady, very Merlot nose. Sweet start and then gives way to acidity and fine tannins. This could already give pleasure if served with food.
Drink 2016-2034

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017

Good deep medium ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, fresh aromas of blackberry, raspberry, licorice, spices and violet pastille. Brilliantly pure and energetic, with outstanding flavor intensity and inner-mouth perfume. Still an infant today, with primary black fruits dominating. But this has the spicy, floral perfume of the greatest vintages of this wine. The ripely tannic, palate-saturating finish is wonderfully long and vibrant. "Our most beautiful vintage since 1990," notes Mitjavile.

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Came tenth out of 184 wines

-, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2009

Marvellous wine even if not completely finished: complex nose of ultra-ripe grapes, velvety texture, fabulous length, but above all tremendous individuality. A wine made by a great artist for imaginative drinkers. Drink from 2013.

Michel Bettane, Decanter Magazine, April 2006
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Slightly green topnote but lovely luscious sweet fruit on the palate - really racy and gorgeous though a little more forward than one might think ideal. Not heavy. Clean, refreshing finish, though not exceptionally persistent

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2009
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