Bright ruby colour. The nose is plummy and rounded, very typical of perfectly ripe Merlot. There are hints of spice and a touch of iron filings that give the wine a sense of place. The palate is rounded, with silky tannins a seductive red fruit at the core. This is a spicy and juicy, open-knit example that is already approachable. Plump and generous to the finish. Drink now, or over the next 5-8 years.
"A sensational effort, Tertre Roteboeuf’s 2005, along with the 2000, is one of the most profound wines made by Francois Mitjavile. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a stunning perfume of sweet black currants, jammy cherries, licorice, and spice. Full-bodied and opulent with high, but remarkably sweet, velvety tannins as well as a stunning texture and a finish that lasts nearly a minute, this prodigious St.-Emilion should be drinkable in 3-4 years, and last for two decades or more. Kudos to the proprietor." - Robert M. Parker, Jr, The Wine Advocate