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2012 Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf Saint-Emilion
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About Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf

Few in the wine world had heard of Tertre-Rôteboeuf prior to the 1980s, but since then, more than a few Bordeaux enthusiasts have discovered that iconoclast proprietor François Mitjavile makes one of the Bordeaux region's most flamboyantly full-blown wines.

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2012 Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf Saint-Emilion

Producer: Chateau Le Tertre Roteboeuf
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Merlot
Origin: France
Region: Bordeaux
Appellation: Saint Emilion

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89-91 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2013

Full, deep ruby.  Aromas of cassis, violet and black pepper, with a strong torrefaction component of coffee and chocolate.  Enters the mouth bright and pure, then turns austere and tight, with dark berry and mocha flavors lingering nicely on the aftertaste.  Mounting, rather tough tannins are somewhat softened by a repeating chocolatey note.  In 2012, even Francois Mitjavile had trouble coaxing sweet, exotic ripeness from his grapes, but this classic Bordeaux will have its share of admirers.

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About Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the planet's largest source of fine wine, the model for Cabernet Sauvignon- and Merlot-based wines around the globe. Bordeaux wines are considered by many wine connoisseurs to be the world's greatest reds.


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Merlot

Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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