1996 Tertre Roteboeuf 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

IWC 89-91   WA 90   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89-91

Very good red-ruby color. Very ripe, slightly jammy aromas of raspberry, chocolate and smoked duck. Sweet and velvety, but sound acids give the fruit an unusually penetrating quality. Quite long and oaky on the finish; chewy tannins coat the palate.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The 1996 Le Tertre-Roteboeuf is less sumptuous out of bottle than it was from cask. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding wine produced in the tell-tale style of this well-placed hillside vineyard. The color is a deep ruby, and the nose offers up hedonistic notes of smoky, creme brulee, roasted coffee, and chocolate-covered cherries. This medium-bodied wine is exhibiting more structure, muscle, and tannin than I remember from cask. In fact, after the sweet aromatics and initial blast of fruit on the attack, the wine seems to close down, revealing moderate tannin in the very good finish. Unlike most vintages of Le Tertre-Roteboeuf, which can be drunk immediately, the 1996 requires 2-3 years of cellaring, and should keep for 15-16 years.

Drink Dates: 1999-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/11/2011
Drink Dates: 2002-2015
Sexy: Black fruit and cassis on the nose and palate. Sweet soft tannins. Medium finish. Drink now. Consistent notes.

Average rating: 89, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

325 bottles owned by 57 collectors.

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About This Producer


A virtual unknown in the world of great wine until the mid-1980s, Chateau Tertre Robeboeuf became something of a sensation after businessman-turned-winemaker Francois Mitjavile took the reins of his wife's inherited property. He quit his job at his family's haulage firm, spent two years interning at Chateau Figeac, and turned the chateau around. The name of the vineyard comes from the oxen that are used to plow the land. Literally translated, it means "hill of the belching beef." Never mind the bovines, the Merlot/Cabernet Franc blends are deeply endowed with plump plum and smoky earth and oak that seamlessly integrates with the opulent core.

Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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