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Tertre Roteboeuf 1997

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vintage: 1997
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14%

The Wine
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 in 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.

Located on the Southern hillside of Saint-Emilion, Tertre Rôteboeuf is probably the most exotic terroir of the region. (In Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion is recognized as the highest expression of the “vins de côtes or hillside wines. The property’s lay out reminds of a Roman amphitheater with its very steep slopes.
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.
Producer Tertre Roteboeuf
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Color Red
Classification Saint Emilion
Style Full Body, Dry
Alcohol Content 14%
Serving Temperature 16°C
Vintage 1997
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Wine Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring Drink/Keep
Bottle Size 75cl
Food Pairing Nil
IWC Ratings Nil
Robert Parker Nil
Wine Spectator Nil
James Halliday Nil

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