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2020 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf En Primeur

We are very fortunate to receive allocations of Francois Mitjavile's sought after wines, especially those from his St. Emilion estate, Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf.  This small 6 ha estate could not be more different from the grandeur of neighbours like Pavie, with its monolithic new winery, and yet we love the wines equally.

The cask sample of the 2020 which we tasted this spring exploded from the glass, with complex notes of black cherry, mocha coffee, spice and liquorice; and had a dense palate, savoury, intense and layered with crushed rock character and powerful tannins.  It seemed like a wine still settling into its final form, but whatever shape it takes, we know that it will be an exciting one.  Jane Anson scores Le Tertre Rôteboeuf 95 points, hinting at greater things to come when the wine is in bottle.

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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

Chateau La Gaffelière is a premier grand cru classé (B) estate in St-Emilion, with vineyards dating back to the Roman era., owned by the family of the Comte  since the 17th century.  The current owner is Léo de Malet-Roquefort. 

The estate originally included Canon La Gaffelière, but the land was split in the 18th century.  After a bad patch in the 1980s, quality has improved under Count Alexandre de Malet Roquefort.  Today the 19 hectares of vines are planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, on a mixture of clay, chalk and limestone soils, mostly situated in between Pavie and Ausone.  The second wine is Clos de la Gaffelière.



RED 2020 3 cases Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £795 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
2020 / 3 cases / 75cl
£795 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 33 hl/ha. Harvested 22–25 September, one of the earliest ever. Cask sample. 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. 17 points" (JL)------"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. Drinking Window 2024 - 2036. 95 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine------"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. 97-99 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown,

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