Dense but shaded crimson. Sweet, and low-level TCA on the nose plus very sweet oak. Fruit denuded on the palate though it could have been quite good with out the TCA.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018
Robert Parker 96
Given my tepid reaction to Saint Emilion’s 2002 wines, this is a great success. A stunning nose of ripe cherry, redcurrants, raspberry and rose petals with superb delineation. The palate is silky like all fine, young Tertre-Roteboeufs but still cloaked in a lot of new oak that is fortunately supremely well integrated into the fabric of the wine. Full-bodied, tannic and modern in style: a wine with oodles of panache, though not quite as complex of sophisticated as other vintages. Tasted November 2006. Drinking 2014-2025.
Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025
Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, pepper, licorice and Cuban tobacco. Then considerably drier than the 2003 and 2004 and not particularly vibrant today. In a very closed stage. Finishes with substantial tongue-drying tannins.