Tertre Rôteboeuf 2010, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Bottled in August, the Le Tertre-Rôteboeuf has a deep garnet colour. The nose is tightly coiled, much more laconic than the 2009 at this stage, but offers a pixelated bouquet of brambly black fruit (rather than the more usual red), blood orange and orange sorbet, with just a touch of crushed stone.
The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. It is very well balanced, quite understated and perhaps subtler than either the 2008 and 2009 Le Tertre-Rôtebeouf(s), with a great deal of tension towards the finish.
Like a person about to utter something profound...but prefers to keep you waiting several years.