CHÂTEAU DU TERTRE
2006 5ème Cru Classé Margaux
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Herbaceous, sweet, cedary notes intermixed with black currant and barrique smells as well as some autumnal, foresty notes are followed by a medium-bodied wine that tails off in the mouth and finishes with some aggressive tannins. Rating: 86-86 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2012)
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Château du Tertre
Margaux Cinquième cru 1855
Château du Tertre is an estate whose star has risen quite considerably in recent years and offers a good bet to those seeking a decent Margaux without breaking the bank.
Château du Tertre lies just north of the village of Arsac in the south-east corner of the Margaux commune. The name refers to the hillock on which the vineyards stand and unusually for the Haut-Médoc the vineyards are in a single block around the château. Du Tertre has a long history dating back at least to the 12th Century when it was owned by the Seigneurie d'Arsac, and featured for a while in the extensive holdings of the Ségur family. A Ségur connection of a sort was re-established in 1961 when Philippe Gasqueton, who already owned Calon-Ségur in Saint Estèphe, bought the run-down du Tertre and set about restoring the château and vineyards. After his death in 1995, du Tertre was sold to Eric and Louise Albada Jelgersma who own the neighbouring Château Giscours.
The 50ha of vines are planted to 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine spends 18 months in wood, of which 50% is new.
(Sept 2007) Dark crimson. Scented attractive nose. Very nice gentle balance - quite forward but without the inconveniences of 2006 (high acidity and greenness). Well done. Mellow but not heavy. Excellent value even if not for the very long term. 2010-18 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2007)
(a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot and 20% cabernet franc) Full red-ruby. Aromas of dark berries, licorice and bitter chocolate, with hints of herbs and mint. Sweet on entry, then primary in the middle, even a bit inky and unformed. But this boasts a surprisingly pliant texture and finishes with rather soft, dusty tannins. Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
Some berry fruit, with fine tannins and a medium finish. A little diluted on the midpalate. Rating: 85-88 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2007)
A deep purple hue. A very sweet vivacious nose with the new oak dominating a little too much for me. Lots of cassis and blueberries. The palate is understated on the entry but build quickly to a full-bodied, ripe middle that lacks a little definition and poise. Tannic finish, this du Tertre is lacking a little subtlety for me. Rating: 85-87 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Apr 2007)
Good colour, quite ripe, plummy fruit with some complexity, nice blackcurrant fragrance on the palate, quite forward, seductively fruity wine. 2010-18. Rating: *** www.decanter.com (Apr 2007)
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