2015 Tertre Rotebouef, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1256868 97 points Vinous

 A heady, exotic wine, the 2015 Tertre-Rôteboeuf exudes richness and intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, espresso, chocolate, spice and licorice infuse this voluptuous, racy Saint-Émilion. Dense, powerful and explosive, it just gets better and better with time in the glass. Super-ripe cherry and plum fruit are laced with scents of tobacco, licorice, incense and white truffle that add nuance. What a gorgeous wine this is! Proprietor François Mitjavile isn't afraid to be a contrarian. While many estates opt for shorter aging, Mitjavile gives his wine two full years in 100% new oak and also keeps the cellar on the warm side during the winter months. The 2015 was bottled in September 2017. (AG)  (2/2018)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. While the tannins are firm and dry, the fruit is just as important. The black plum-skin flavors are rich and dense, while the wine ends on a lifted note of black currant. (RV)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 More nerve on the nose than the other wines in this stable. Very rich and round but with a structure. Very sweet but the tannins are much suppler. Spice and roundness on the palate. Something slightly brûlée but still very fresh. What fun! 18/20 Score.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

97 points Neal Martin: "The 2015 Le Tertre Roteboeuf delivered the goods in barrel and now in bottle it knocks you sideways with a deliriously gorgeous bouquet that is so pure and refined: macerated small black cherries, violets and iris all with a mineral-driven undertow. The palate is medium-bodied with a beautiful, svelte texture that belies the backbone of this Tertre Roteboeuf. There is enormous density and volume here, but it is barely noticeable due to the exquisite balance and the freshness that pours out on the finish. What an outstanding wine from François Mitjavile. Brilliant. Anticipated maturity: 2023 - 2050." (02/2018)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
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Fran├žois Mitjavile property and one of the best terroirs in Bordeaux-high on the plateau near La Mondotte and Troplong Mondot. Very small production here and only 200 cases come to the US market. Could thi eventually gain that 100 points?
Drink from 2020 to 2040

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion