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2023 Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf En Primeur

"The juice, the salinity, the plump fruits and the pleasure bursting out of this glass are off the scale.  97 points."  - Jane Anson on Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

Francois Mitjavile's 2023 Châteaux Le Tertre Rôteboeuf and Roc de Cambes have just been released for sale en primeur and, yet again, they are among our favourite wines of the vintage.  At £770 and £260 per six respectively, they are around 22% below the 2022 release price.

Francois' son Henri hosted us when we visited this year.  Henri is now the winemaker, but we have no doubt that Francois is still bringing his unique influence at every stage, from vineyard to winery.  Other than this, nothing has changed and the Mitjavile cellar still feels like it belongs more in Vosne-Romanée than in St-Emilion

The level of complexity in both wine was off the charts, and it is hard to predict which will be the dominant aroma and flavours when they reach maturity.  What was evident is that Le Tertre Rôteboeuf has unusual concentration and intensity for the vintage, with the supplest of tannins giving a wonderful texture on the palate. 

The Mitjavile's have a habit of surprising everyone by making some of their most remarkable wines in unexpected years and we would not be surprised if both are scored higher once the final blend and bottling have taken place. 


Offered en primeur, on allocation.  Landing spring 2026.

Magnums available with £20 ex-VAT bottling surcharge per six, please enquire for other formats.

All previous offers of 2023 Bordeaux can be found here.

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Château Le Tertre Rôteboeuf

Producer Profile

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 2023 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 75cl £770 per case of 6 Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf
2023 / / 75cl
£770 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"The 2023 Tertre-Rôteboeuf is a potent, backward wine. Dark-toned fruit and huge, sweeping tannins make a strong first impression. The 2023 is a somber, brooding Tertre-Rôteboeuf that will need at least a few years to come into its own. It's difficult to say whether the searing tannins will ever fully soften; I would say that is a 50/50 proposition at this stage. En primeur at Tertre-Rôteboeuf is more akin to Burgundy than Bordeaux; wines are tasted straight from barrel rather than from prepared samples, so there is always a bit of variability. I observed this in the two barrels I tasted. 2030-2043 91-94 points" Antonio Galloni,"The 2023 Tertre Rôteboeuf was picked from September 26 with a normal duration of picking. It has a typical bouquet for this Saint-Émilion that plays by its own rules: black cherries, dark chocolate, a touch of melted tar and licorice, well-defined and actually gaining precision as it opens in the glass. The palate is very smooth and a little savory in style, displaying hints of meat juices and white pepper, almost garrigue-like toward the finish. There's an appealing dash of black pepper on the aftertaste that seems to linger temptingly. Those who love this Chateau will love the 2023. 92-94 points" Neal Martin,"The 2023 Le Tertre Roteboeuf offers up aromas of crème de cassis, blueberry liqueur, kirsch, espresso roast and creamy new oak, followed by a full-bodied, rich and layered palate that's sweet, dense and concentrated, somewhat reminiscent of François Mitjaville's 2011. When I tasted it, the wine had only been in barrel for a matter of weeks, as the 2023 took an unusually long time to ferment to dryness. 92-96 points" William Kelley,"The juice, the salinity, the plump fruits and the pleasure bursting out of this glass are off the scale. Expect waves of fleshy red cherry, raspberry, squid ink, tar and smoked grilled caramel, tannins full of sinew. All picked in one day, Henri Mitjavile winemaker alongside his father François Mitjavile. 100% new oak for ageing. 97 points""The 2023 Tertre Roteboeuf is deep garnet-purple in color. It erupts from the glass with powerful notes of plum preserves, juicy ripe blackberries, and licorice leading to suggestions of charcoal, black olives, cumin seed, lavender oil, and crushed rocks with a waft of iron ore. The full-bodied palate vibrates with energetic black fruits and savory accents, supported by beautifully velvety tannins and wonderful tension, finishing long and minerally. This is a stunning expression of the vintage! 96-98 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

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