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François Mitjavile

François Mitjavile has always been something of an outsider, quietly entering the wine world in the 1970s, to slowly emerge as an artist apart, a particularly reserved winemaker, with a particularly skilled palate. Long relegated to the fringes of the wine world, snubbed by a certain type of wine press of questionable taste, François Mitjavile, today enjoying the golden years of his career, is the leading light of the Saint-Emilion appellation. Tertre-Roteboeuf can rival, without blushing, Cheval Blanc and Ausone alike, not only in terms of taste but also in terms of price... If we compare them based solely on that criteria, Tertre-Roteboeuf shines as one of the most incredible values for money in France. What is the magic of Tertre, exactly? It’s about a different way of pruning a vineyard, an ability to achieve uniform, impeccable ripeness, and barrels made to measure, for him alone… And then, it’s in this incredible parcel, situated just in front of the winery, where the vines form a kind of amphitheatre, and the Merlot ripens to perfection. It’s difficult to sum up in a few words all the François Mitjavile has accomplished today: but let it be said that he exemplifies the best of Saint-Emilion, and his influence can henceforth be seen all across Bordeaux’s right bank.

François Mitjavile

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