2011 5ème Cru Classé Margaux

Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Margaux
Classification 5ème Cru Classé

Plump, round, very much in the recent du Tertre idiom, with oak evident. Dark power of voluminous fruit on the finish, but a bit blunt. Rating: 89 L&S (Apr 2012)

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This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot is somewhat closed, with high acidity and noticeable austerity. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine exhibits notes of damp earth, tobacco leaf, sweet and sour cherries and loamy soil undertones. Drink it over the next decade. 2012 - 2022 Rating: 85-87 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, (Apr 2012)

The du Tertre is a blend of 10% Merlot, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Franc (a high percentage) picked from 8th to 27th September. I actually left my sample glass to unwind over 10 minutes at it made a huge difference. The nose offers ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, well integrated oak and some lovely orange blossom aromas with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a plush, rounded entry. It has slightly lower acidity than its peers but is very sensual with supple fresh strawberry and raspberry towards the finish. Very fine. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, (Apr 2012)

Rather ripe and soft fruit character here. A dark and slightly grainy edge to the fruit. Rather a vegetal character in the mouth though, with soft and diffuse fruit. Most disconcerting of all there is a very green character here. Difficulties with ripeness or selection. perhaps? I find it to be smoky, oily, brassica-like and certainly not appealing to this palate. Rating: 12-13 Chris Kissack, (Apr 2012)

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