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Tertre Rôteboeuf 2019

SubregionSt Emilion
Grape VarietyMerlot

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 and a highlight of our trips to Bordeaux. Production is around 2000 cases annually with elevage in 100% new "Radoux blend" fine grain barrels. The south-facing vineyard produces wines that are ripe but never jammy. They frequently remind us of Le Pin and sometimes even of Musigny. A top performer at the annual Southwold blind tastings.

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 Tertre-Rôteboeuf marks the first time that I taste a barrel sample from outside François Mitjavile’s cellar. It possesses a very classy bouquet with beautifully defined black fruit that feels maybe less flamboyant and more introspective than previous years. It is very finely tuned, almost Burgundy-like. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins: layers of black fruit laced with dark chocolate and a gorgeous, mineral-driven finish that fans out wonderfully. It will require several years to full absorb the oak, but it is a very impressive Tertre-Rôteboeuf. Chapeau François Mitjavile. 2024 - 2045

Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2020

The 2019 Tertre-Rôteboeuf is a wine of breeding and gravitas that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. Today, it is tight and unyielding, with swaths of tannin that frame a core of intense fruit. Hints of red cherry jam, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal open up with a bit of air, but only reluctantly. A Saint-Émilion of stunning beauty, the 2019 Tertre-Rôteboeuf is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the vintage.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

Yields were slightly down in 2019 at 33hl/ha. The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, which will be aged as usual in 100% new French oak. Deep purple in colour but remarkably fragrant and lifted on the nose, with redolent cherry blossom alongside riper brambly fruit. Superb aromatic intensity and complexity, with sweet, layered spices in harmony with the fruit. The palate manages to find balance between exotic, ripe fruit and lifted, floral freshness. The tannins are crunchy but ripe and layered with sweet spices and smoke. A multi-dimensional, complex and very fine Tertre Roteboeuf. Very long on the finish.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Barrel sample.
Touch of reduction but also some compelling dark fruit, chocolate and liquorice notes. Rich but a little subdued on the palate, the fruit seductive but less aromatic than usual. Freshness of the vintage apparent. Firm, slightly hard finish. As with Roc de Cambes in need of racking. Provisional score. (JL)
Drink 2026 – 2040

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020
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