Grape Variety: 100% Merlot
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14%
While many famous producers push yields to such preposterous levels that they risk destroying any concept of terroir of the vineyard, or even muting the character of a vintage, here is one man whose talent and obsession for producing the finest wines is refreshing. Le Tertre Rôteboeuf is irrefutably one of Bordeaux’s Superstars.
This vineyard, which dates from the Gallo-Roman era, benefits from a rare micro- climate, because it consists only of slopes with a South-East orientation (slightly towards the rising sun, a bit like the Côte d’Or in Burgundy.)
The soil made of clay and limestone gives birth to profound deep wines, full and well-structured. The wine making process takes into account a perfectly mature harvested grape and a long fermentation and aging process. (For a rich, aromatic wine with a long keeping potential.)
The vintages are very different from one another (we do not make a second wine), but all display a beautiful dark robe, with a deep nose of very mature fruit. On the palate, the wines are full-bodied and show rich and beautifully evolving aromas. This vineyard is often qualified as “The Burgundy of Bordeaux”!
On most of the surface area, the slopes are far too steep to allow mechanical plowing, therefore we still use ox to pull the cart in the vineyard. The effort they have to make is so hard that they literally belch under the strain, hence the name: “Tertre Rôteboeuf” which means “Hill of the belching beef”
Built in 1730, the Château displays the typical architecture of an 18th century wine grower’s domain.limestone allows for deep profound wines that are full bodied and well-structured.
|Style||Full Body, Dry|
|Grape Variety||100% Merlot|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Wine Spectator||93 Points|