Château du Tertre Margaux 2010
Château du Tertre is a thousand-year-old estate whose vineyard, stretching over 52 hectares, has remained unchanged since 1855. During the 19th Century, the Château de Tertre wines rose to worldwide fame, especially thanks to the 1855 classification which established du Tertre as a Margaux Grand Cru Classe and a Fifth Growth. 1n 1997, a Dutch businessman, Eric Albada Jelgersma bought the estate and invested in a large-scale restructuring, thus returning its former noble personality to the Château and its vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the major grape variety, endowing the wine with structure and concentration. Renowned for its roundness and suppleness, Merlot brings its silkiness to the final blending. Cabernet Franc lends its distinctive, rich bouquet of spicy notes. Later to mature, the Petit Verdot completes this range of aromas. Thus is born the Château du Tertre Grand Vin, reflecting the very soul of this exceptional terroir. Château du Tertre is also the sister property of the illustrious Château Giscours. Look for great ripeness and flavor. Silky and freshness are combined in this bottling to bring you the elegance expected of a great Margaux wine. The aging potential is between 8 and 20 years or even more for the most exceptional vintages.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Margaux|
|Brand||Château du Tertre|
Wine SpectatorA plush and flattering style, with beguiling toast wound around a smoldering core of warm plum confiture, dark cherry and currant fruit, and buried hints of charcoal and espresso. Displays a polished finish overall. A hint of warm paving stone lurks in the background. Best from 2014 through 2026.
Wine EnthusiastRipe, dense and smooth from wood aging, this is a modern view of Margaux. At the same time, it shows a beautiful black-currant flavor from the Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Petit Verdot adds great color.
Wine AdvocateShowing better from bottle than from barrel (which makes sense, given that I seemed to be in a minority when judging it from barrel), the 2010 du Tertre has a nice dark plum/garnet color, a slightly more evolved style than most Margaux, hints of cedar, licorice, black olive and black currant fruit with some flowers and subtle smoky wood in the background. Medium to full-bodied, round, generous and ripe, the words "sexy" and "opulent" come to mind when smelling and tasting this beautiful Margaux. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.