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2021 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf En Primeur


Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

"It's a brave estate that makes 100% 1st wine in the 2021 vintage, but Tertre Rotebeouf is perfectly placed on south-facing slopes, with obsessive attention to detail in the vineyard from the Mitjavile family. One to look out for, this has rich aromatics, a touch of reduction, fleshy black cherry, smoked earth, powerful liquorice bud, rose petals and clove spice, expanding through the mid palate. Works both in terms of the estate signature and in showcasing the potential of the 2021 vintage for sculpted but still concentrated wines in the right spots. Brilliant stuff. No crushing of the grapes here but full destemming, no cold soaks, 16% press wine, 100% new oak.  95 points.", Apr 2022

"The 2021 Le Tertre Roteboeuf is extremely promising, unwinding in the glass with aromas of cherries, mulberries and plums mingled with subtle hints of spices, raw cocoa, espresso roast and cigar wrapper. Medium to full-bodied, ample and seamless, it's deep and concentrated, with a layered, sensual mid-palate that's supple and lively, concluding with a long, expansive finish. This is just the sort of vintage that François Mitjaville excels in, and it is worth a special effort to seek out.  94-96 points"  Wine Advocate (WK) Apr 2022

"The 2021 Tertre-Rôteboeuf was tasted directly from barrel à la Bourgogne. (Why don't more châteaux do this, if logistically convenient?) It has a comparatively less explosive. gourmand bouquet compared to vintages that I have tasted at this stage in recent years. featuring dark berries, hints of blueberry. iris flower and an underlying mineralité that only surfaces after 3-4 minutes in the glass. The harmonious palate is an absolute stunner. It delivers brilliant delineation and purity, one of the most energetic Tertre-Rôtebouefs that I have encountered, and a dash of black pepper on the finish. I have to confess: I had to have a sneaky sip of this.  94-96 points." (NM) Apr 2022

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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

Producer Profile

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.



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