Château Tertre Roteboeuf 2017 Saint Emilion Grand Cru
The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Le Tertre Roteboeuf offers up gorgeous wild blueberries, crushed blackcurrants and redcurrants notes with touches of lavender, violets, Sichuan pepper and cloves plus a waft of anise. The medium to full-bodied palate is very firm with ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness and depth, finishing very long with some exotic spices coming through.
The positioning of François Mitjavile’s vineyards on slopes meant that there was no impact from the frosts in 2017. The real challenge was the strong rains three weeks before the harvest. “With this vintage you really had to play with the rain,” commented Mitjavile. “You had to harvest quickly to protect the freshness in the fruit.”