Tertre Roteboeuf 2007 The Wine Gate Shop
Château Tertre Roteboeuf 2007 The Wine Gate Shop

Bordeaux – Saint Emilion

Château Tertre Roteboeuf 2007

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The estate

Château Tertre Rotebœuf is a small vineyard of 6 hectares, beautifully located on the south coast of Saint-Émilion near Château Troplong-Mondot, Château Larcis-Ducasse and Château Pavie. Built in 1730, the castle presents the architecture of a vineyard in the purest 18th century style. The presence of vines dates back to Roman times and the estate is already referenced in the 1929 edition of Féret. At the end of the 1970s, François Mitjavile took over the reins of the Château du Tertre that his wife Emilie had inherited from her father. The slope leading to the estate is so steep that when steers were climbing it, they were belching under the effort. Hence, the name Tertre Roteboeuf, which translate literally in “Hill of the belching steer”.

The estate does not want to be part of the St. Emilion Classification system even though it would be easily awarded Premier Cru Classé status.

The vineyard

It is said that this terroir is the highest expression of the wines of the Bordeaux region. This vineyard of clay-limestone soils benefits from a rare microclimate as it is only composed of upper slopes facing south/south-east, towards the rising sun. The surface of the vineyard is planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Vines are more than 40 years old on average.

Here, the reasoned viticulture is unique: the conduct of the vine, very low, allows to catch the heat of the ground and so to obtain a very slow and long maturation of the grape. The vines are trained by using the Cordon system instead of the more common Guyot method. Grapes are closer to the ground which makes their microclimate slightly warmer, by about 1 degree Celsius, and increase the rate of ripeness of the grapes. No green harvest is used because the low trellising provides enough leaf canopy for the grapes.

​Located on a naturally cooler terroir, Tertre Roteboeuf is usually one of the last estates to finish harvesting in Saint Emilion. The grapes are harvested by hand and are fermented in temperature-controlled concrete tanks. Then, the wine is aged in 100% new French oak for 18 to 24 months.

The real leitmotiv of the Mitjavile family is to succeed in developing a terroir by revealing all its potential, whatever the parameters.

The Vintage

The 2007 vintage of Château Tertre Roteboeuf is without doubt one of the best. The Merlot harvested at full maturity expresses itself perfectly. A recognizable style, with a tannic structure, a lot of opulence, velvet, a perfectly integrated breeding, which make this wine compete with the great classified growths!


  • Domain Château le Tertre Roteboeuf
  • Vineyard Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • Color
  • Vintage 2007
  • Classification Grand Cru
  • Variety 85% Merlot
    15% Cabernet franc
  • Culture Sustainable agriculture
  • Alcohol degrees13°

Tasting Notes

Eye, bouquet, palate

This 2007 vintage is characterized by a brilliant, perfectly limpid robe with a bright blood red color. The wine starts to open with nice concentrated notes of wood fruits, cocoa and a touch of white pepper. The palate is of great finesse, with a masterly balance. Nothing to say, we have here a very nice wine, in the Mitjavile style!



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