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2022 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf En Primeur

2022 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf:  Release expected May 2023.


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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

Visiting Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is like being transported to an ancient, mould-lined cellar in the Côte de Nuits.  The estate has been in the family since the '60s but it was Francois 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 cool soils here slow the ripening process and this is routinely one of the last estates to finish harvest.  Training the Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines close to the ground (see picture above) 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, particularly from the Cabernet Franc.

Roc de Cambes was acquired in 1988, in part because the terroir (clay and limestone) was so similar to Le Tertre Roteboeuf.  The wines exhibit the same Mitjavile magic, with a unique texture and aromatic complexity.  The 14 hectares of vines form a natural amphitheater overlooking the Gironde, on the slopes which form the best terroir in the Côtes de Bourg, 'les Croutes'.  Domaine de Cambes is also made at the estate, but with the addition of some fruit from outside of the domaine.  Always excellent value, it really gives Roc de Cambes a run for its money this year. 

RED 2022 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £990 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
2022 / / 75cl
£990 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2022 Tertre Rôteboeuf is surprisingly understated in this vintage, which is quite different from most years. In this warm, punishing dry vintage I expect to find a more opulent Tertre, but the wine instead remains light on its feet, with surprising minerality and tons of energy to play dark red (rather than black) fruit. The 2022 is pretty clenched today, but élevage should help soften some of the angulurity in the contours, Tertre Roteboeuf is once again one of the most distinctive wines in Saint-Emilion. There's a feeling of raw, unbridled power that is impossible to miss. Yields were 35 hectaliters per hectare instead of the more typical 40-45 or so. As usual, there is no green harvest and the entire crop is bottled as the Grand Vin. 95-97 points" Antonio Galloni,"Both the suavest and the most exotic cuvée in the Mitjaville portfolio, the 2022 Le Tertre Roteboeuf is a full-bodied, supple and fleshy wine evocative of blackberries, espresso roast, rose petals, spices and smoked meats. Concentrated, refined and seamless, it concludes with a long, aromatic finish. Readers might think of it as a cousin of the 2009 vintage, with its sweetness of fruit but rather ethereal, harmonious profile, which stands in contrast with more overtly powerful years, such as 2020 or 2010. 95-97 points" William Kelley,"The 2022 Tertre-Rôteboeuf is very deep in color It has a very intense bouquet with Dorset plum, raspberry coulis, touches of fennel and fresh fig. Fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with plenty of structure, pure mulberry, blackberry and raspberry fruit, white pepper and curry leaf. It is a more exotic Saint-Émilion, but I would not describe it as exotic. It's just very Tertre-Rôteboeuf. 95-97 points" Neal Martin,"Coming from an incredible hillside terroir on the eastern side of Saint-Emilion, the 2022 Château Tertre Roteboeuf reveals a dense purple hue to go with a kaleidoscopic array of cassis, blueberries, cherries, acacia flowers, violets, and orange blossom. Always exotic, singular, and overflowing with character, the 2022 looks to be no exception and is full-bodied, with a layered, elegant mouthfeel, beautiful tannins, and a great finish. 96-98 points"

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