HISTORY OF THE CHÂTEAU TERTRE-ROTEBOEUF
Château Tertre-Roteboeuf is located in the commune of Saint-Laurent-des-Combes in the Bordeaux region. This estate has around 5.6 hectares of vineyards in the southern side of Saint-Émilion. Dating from the 8th century, the château stands out for its architecture, typical of the winegrowers of the time.
Formerly called Le Tertre, the estate is owned by François Mitjavile, also the owner of Château Roc de Cambes in Bourg. Beginning his wine career as a winemaker at Château Figeac in 1975, he later returned to Tertre, whose name he changed to Tertre-Roteboeuf. The year 1987 was the first vintage of François et Malou Mitjavile. Their objective is to produce a wine from low yields and refined by long ageing.
WINES FROM SAINT-ÉMILION GRAND CRU
Château Tertre-Roteboeuf grows its vines on the south/south-east facing highlands of the Saint-Émilion appellation, a terroir considered to be the highest expression of Bordeaux cuvées. The main grape variety is Merlot supplemented by Cabernet Franc. The vines bury their roots in a clay-limestone terroir subject to a temperate maritime climate. They are 40 years old on average and are grown in sustainable cultivation, respecting the soil and the environment.
For the production of his red wines in Saint-Émilion Grand Cru AOC, François Mitjavile prefers the late harvest to pick perfectly ripe fruit. To vinify the grapes, the estate relies on the traditional winemaking methods. Ageing is the stage that makes the Bordeaux wines of Château Tertre-Roteboeuf so special. Indeed, François Mitjavile, for whom great wines are aged wines, advocates new barrels just after maceration for all the wines. This concerns the entire production. The wines are aged in wood for two to three years.
Shunned by the specialized press at the beginning, the wines of Château Tertre-Roteboeuf ended up integrating the very closed circle of the Bordeaux Grands Crus. Note that the estate has never been included on the list of classified growths. François Mitjavile gave up the classification in order to devote himself to the development of his own universe, from production to marketing. Vinatis is today one of the privileged partners of this wine-grower whose prestigious wines are available for sale.
MITJAVILE, A LEGENDARY NAME IN BORDEAUX
In addition to the vintage wines of Château Tertre-Roteboeuf; other estates have made the reputation of the Mitjavile family. In fact, François is already a well-known winemaker in other appellations. He is also the owner of Château Roc de Cambes producing wines on around ten hectares in Côtes de Bourg. Whether in terms of viticulture or vinification the same principals used at Château Tertre-Roteboeuf are applied.
On plots located on the lower slopes of Roc de Cambes, François Mitjavile and his daughter Nina cultivate the vines of Domaine de Cambes in the Bordeaux AOC. As for his son Louis, he continues the family know-how at Domaine de l'Aurage, formerly Château Cadet before he took over the business. Domaine de l'Aurage produces wines in Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux AOC.
In all the estates of Mitjavile family, each winegrower is driven by the search for performance. They all seek to reveal the best of the terroir through constant work of observation and long reflection. François and his children wish to produce wines that express the quintessence of the terroir and the charcateristics of the family's flagship grape variety Merlot. Today the wines of these estates are recognizable for their Mitjavile style: precision in quality and the same tannic structure as for the aged, full-bodied Grands Crus.