Made by Louis Mitjavile in 100% "Radoix Blend" new oak, exactly the same barrels that are used at his family property, Le Tertre Roteboeuf. Only 800 cases were produced from this small Saint Emilion vineyard of 1.8 hectares - which is planted with 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. After fermentation in temperature controlled concrete vats, the wine was aged for 21 months in barrel before bottling in September 2017. Viticulture and vinification here are identical to that at Le Tertre Roteboeuf and Roc de Cambes.
Deep ruby in the glass, there is an expressive nose of coffee, dark cherries, pain grillé and sweet spices. The palate is juicy, round, and smooth, with silky and refined tannins framing a ripe core of black fruit. Nutmeg, smoke, and sweet vanilla add layers of complexity as the wine builds power through the mid palate, finishing with a long and spicy finish that reveals yet more forest fruits. This is an approachable wine, but the length and structure will merit cellaring over the next 5-10 years. Succulent and opulent but not at all jammy. Smooth as silk and bearing all the hallmarks of the unique Mitjavile magic. What a find this is!