Tertre Roteboeuf (St.Emilion) & Roc de Cambes (Cotes de Bourg) are two staggeringly good estates under the ownership of Francois Mitjavile. Francois is not one of lifes conformists, he will do what he sees as best..it is juts convenient that he’s good at it!!
I’ve just (I can still taste it) tasted the 2008’s and I have to say the wines are staggeringly good
RdC – Rich , full and delicious on the nose, the fruit is almost fruitcake like (5% Malbec in the blend). There is beautiful definition on the palate and the complexity is ever evolving. The fruit character on the palate is neither really red or black as it is both and more, great length…..Francois may well struggle to make a better Roc. Top tip….tasted blind against other wines well out side it’s price range it does brilliantly.
TRB – Spicily delicious and magestically savoury but still with great fruit..not sure how he does it and have an elegant concentration as well. The oak (100% new but weathered three years and with fine grain) does show on the mid palate, the amoutn of fruit will eat this up in no time. Personally I would buy in magnum and keep aslong as I can….highlight of the week!!
At the end of the tasting we also looked at Le Carmes Haut Brion 2006, Les Carmes is a real favourite and the vineyard is in an amazing spot (see link
http://www.les-carmes-haut-brion.com/gb/vue-ciel-les-carmes-haut-brion.asp) and I love the wine. The 2006 was a little constrained by bottling and not at a glamourous stage but has such potential