Ch. Tertre Roteboeuf (0.75 L)
NM: Tasting wonderful in Dec-03. A magnificent wine. Deep ruby/garnet core with little sign of again on the rim. A knockout nose, quite Pauillac in style: sweet black cherry, cigar-box, alcohol. Quite enthralling. The palate is very concentrated with ultra-fine tannins, fleshy with great harmony. Opulent. Again, there is a touch of the Left Bank here. Very sophisticated but it lacks the persistency and length of the 1989. Drinking now but has the acidity to last another 5-8 years. Less impressive in the Tertre vertical in Oct-05. The nose reflects the vintage: masculine, austere, cigar box bouquet. Touch of stalkiness there. The palate is medium-bodied with a loose-knit texture. Refined, quite acidic but well-balanced. Lacks a little integration. The palate is much better than the nose. Not a deep wine, superficial in some ways with a sharp, redcurrant, citrus finish. A bit abrupt and ragged so drink up.
WA / RP: 95