Red

1989 Tertre Rôteboeuf

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Libournais
  • St. Émilion Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 110

  • hargy Likes this wine: 90 points

    August 5, 2022 - I have always found Tertre Roteboeuf a bit of a mystery and difficult to assess - I thought this slightly cooked on first opening but then it seemed to close up completely over the next hour or so and was not very giving even over a couple of days

  • doubleten wrote: 95 points

    July 18, 2022 - I purchased a case of this as futures following the Wine Advocate's recommendation back in the day and have cellared it since. Decided to re-acquaint myself with it since I will be visiting the chateau in September. Top shoulder level, with a soaked cork that was removed in several fragments. Medium sediment upon decanting, with a garnet/brick color and immediate aromas of dark fruits, raisins, alcohol and menthol. No trace of TCA or brett. After 30 minutes in the glass, the alcohol blew off and whiffs of leather and cedar could be noted, with dried rose petal developing subsequently. On the palate, the wine is medium/heavy body, luscious, with integrated tannins, low acidity and a 30 second finish. You can taste the sun and the ripe fruit in this wine. Now completely in balance, there is a combination of dried figs, raisins, and five spice powder that contribute to its unique, exotic taste.
    The wine is fully mature and should be drunk within the next 3-5 years. A 1-1.5hr decant seems appropriate at this point. It is a delicious and individual expression of Bordeaux.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • djhammond Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 15, 2022 - This wine seems to be rapidly in decline, and my ratings have declined over the last few years year on year from a peak of 96. This could be unique to my case although purchased reputabley and stored well over the last 15 years. I suspect the villain of the piece is the high alcohol content of 14%, and I had a similar experience with a case of 1990 Canon La Gaffeliere, (also 14%) a couple of years ago. I have been reading a lot around this issue and can only deduce that the alcohol has become unstable and bitter with its age. I am only a scientific amateur and would really appreciate any informed insight re the topic. Back to the wine, I will be looking to finish my last couple of bottles before year end.

  • sdr Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 7, 2022 - Astounding. Full color, voluptuously aromatic. Packed with dark plummy fruit. Gentle but detectable tannins and mild acidity. Hold very well. No more of those prunes it had in its adolescence. Perfect state of maturity. Drink it now and as often as possible.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jmart2018 Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 25, 2021 - PnP'd -- took about 30 minutes to open up nicely. Fruit forward nose with red fruit..cherry and strawberry. Also a bit of earthiness, dried flowers and forest. On the palate still nice red fruit, rose hip and nicely acidic with fine tannins. On day 2 (used coravin for 2/3 of bottle on day 1), picked up hints of graphite on the nose and a bit of mocha on the palate. Excellent wine that aged very nicely!

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  • By Richard Jennings
    8/8/2009 (link) 91 points

    (Tertre Rôteboeuf) Bricking dark raspberry red color with light floating sediment and pale meniscus; a little maderized on nose, with tart berry and black fruit; tart berry, plum, rather mature; medium finish (a disappointing showing)

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2003 (link) 94 points

    (Tertre Rôteboeuf) Beefy, chocolate cherry nose; concentrated with flavors of tobacco, leather and pepper, with a hint of game 94+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Tertre Rôteboeuf
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Libournais
  • Appellation St. Émilion Grand Cru

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  • Pending Delivery 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 674 (60%)
  • Consumed 428 (38%)

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