1998 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A dramatic, flamboyant nose of roasted espresso intermixed with chocolate fudge, blackberries, Asian spices, and kirsch jumps from the glass of this ostentatious effort. Full-bodied and layered, with an unctuous texture, gorgeous purity, and an undeniable hedonistic explosion of fruit and glycerin, it can be drunk now, or cellared for 15+ years. To my taste, it is the finest Le Tertre-Roteboeuf since 1990. But watch out for the 2000! (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, bright ruby. Wild, highly nuanced nose combines black cherry, raspberry, roast coffee, smoked meat, exotic spices and pepper notes. Incredibly sweet and rich in the mouth; creamy, confectionery fruit caresses the palate. Finishes with lush, completely ripe tannins and explosive fruit flavors. One of the superstars of the vintage; a wine that will give pleasure early and age well. (ST)
Aromas of plums, berries and meat, with hints of fresh herbs. Full-bodied, with loads of sweet fruit and round tannins. Long and juicy. (JS, Web-2009)
Perfumed, even a little exotic and a hint of sweet brambly smoke like a waft of weed in the air (not uncommon in my part of London). Still has some fresh red fruit on the palate, immensely silky and complex. Some pepper and sweet decay (in an attractive way). Idiosyncratic Bordeaux but delicious. 17.5/20 points (JR)
90 points Neil Martin's Wine Journal: "This is still showing very well. Copious red-berried fruits on the nose, still with vestiges of vanillary new oak. The palate is succulent and very pure leading towards a more Cabernet Franc inspired finish. Showing more refinement on the finish although it could do with more persistency and structure. Drink 2012-2025.Tasted November 2007."