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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

Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is a Grand Cru estates in the commune of St-Émilion.  The estate has been owned by the Mitjavile family since the '60s but it was Francois Mitjavile who made its name, learning his trade at Figeac in the early '70s.  His first vintage was in 1978 and by the '89 vintage the reputation of this 6-hectare estate was established alongside the best in St-Émilion. 

Farmed organically, Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is geographically close to Troplong Mondot and Pavie, but a world away in style. The etymology of the name derives from the days when the land was used for cattle grazing, and broadly translates as 'the hill of the belching beef'.  The vineyard is just 6 hectares, planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.  Only around 2000 cases are produced each year.

The cool soils here slow the ripening process and this is usually one of the last estates to finish harvest.  Training the Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines close to the ground maximises the warmth radiated from the soil at the end of the ripening season.  This contributes to the silky, glycerin texture on the palate and aromatic complexity which is consistently a characteristic of this wine.

Mitjavile also own Domaine Roc de Cambes in the Côtes de Bourg.



RED 2020 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £840 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
2020 / / 75cl
£840 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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