Tertre Roteboeuf 2013
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The Tertre-Roteboeuf has an extremely pure and minerally bouquet. Perhaps I am being subliminally influenced seeing François dip his pipette into the barrel, but it does have a Pinot Noir-like expression (something that François concurred with.) Initially, the palate does not divert you away from that geographical assumption, the tannins very Burgundian, almost like a fine Musigny. There is certainly good weight and intensity in this Saint Emilion: superb tension all the way to the finish whose structure finally reveals its true origin. There is just a hint of confiture on the after taste that prolongs the length. This is an endlessly fascinating, perhaps mercurial wine from Francois. This is one of the best wines in Saint Emilion.
|Score: 92/94||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2014|
Francois Mitjavile's brilliant and unique wine has a different character from that of all its Saint Emilion rivals. There is almost a Pinot Noir sweetness and exceptional purity. Only available in very limited quantities. Our visit to the unassuming cellars with their mud floors and dirty walls is always fascinating and a highlight of our visits to Bordeaux. There are less barrels in 2013 than we have ever seen before. Production will be 11000 bottles instead of the normal 25000. As always the wine is being aged in 100% new "Radoix blend" fine grain barrels that he says give the wine aroma rather than tannin. Work in the vineyard, a south-facing slope, on training the vines and ventilating the bunches allows him to pick late (October 15th this year) with no rot. This tastes something like a cross between a Musigny and a Côte Rôtie this year! Medium ruby in colour, the nose is like a floral bouquet of forest fruits, violets, white pepper, Arabica coffee, and star anise. The palate is super silky and sweet, with layer upon layer of intense red cherry, wild flowers, toast, smoke, vanilla, cumin, nutmeg and cinnamon. An astoundingly complex wine that is vibrant, intense, and has a very long finish. Quite exceptional for the vintage.
|Score: 17.5||Farr Vintners, April 2014|
|Score: 94||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, May 2014|
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