|Grapes||Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc|
|Sub-district||Saint Emilion & Satellites|
|Classification||Grand Cru Classé|
This is magnificent. Seamless and supple purity of fruit and mineral savour. Just so elegant and graceful and teasing, mouthwatering, with a density of freshness, a great sunny maturity and vivid aromatics giving a real sense of grace and elegance. Drinking range: 2030 - 2045 Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2017)
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Even better, the magical 2016 Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is another heavenly wine from François Mitjavile that flirts with perfection. A normal blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc brought up in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by a huge nose of sweet cassis, caramelized blackcurrants, toasted bread, espresso, and smoked herbs. Full-bodied, deep, and powerful, it just dances on the palate with no sensation of weight or heaviness, has remarkable purity of fruit, and is perfectly balanced. It should be drinkable in 4-5 years and will cruise in cold cellars for 2-3 decades. Bravo! Drinking range: 2023 - 2053 Rating: 99 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Feb 2019)
Some critics have listed this among their favourite wines of the vintage, but it’s a little ripe and over the top for my taste. Dense, sweet and figgy, with vanilla-scented oak, slightly pruney tannins and just enough acidity for balance. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2017)
The 2016 Le Tertre Roteboeuf is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc cropped at 35 hectoliters per hectare between 14-18 October. This year I was hosted by François' daughter Nina Mitjavile, who has been working alongside her father for several years. It has a wonderful bouquet, very pure and fresh. I anticipated that François Mitjavile might have been tempted to pick a little later like others, but it was an assiduous decision to have the fruit in the vat by the 18 October and lock in that freshness. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin, extremely well judged acidity, the new oak present at the moment but in proportion with the fruit. This is a stylish Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf, very sensual and luxuriant with layers of crushed strawberry, blood oranges and raspberry fruit. In a word...irresistible. Drinking range: 2022 - 2050 Rating: 96-98 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Apr 2017)
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