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Chateau Du Tertre, Margaux Fifth Growth, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

The Bordeaux wine property found the inspiration for its name from its location. Du Tertre is situated on the tertre. Tertre in French means hillock or “rising ground, which is where the estate is located. With a history dating back to 1143, du Tertre is one of the oldest properties in the Left Bank of Bordeaux. At one point in time, the estate was known as Tertre d’Arsac, due to the amount of vines located in the commune of Arsac. Le Tertre passed through several different owners over the centuries. It was owned by the Arrerac family and Marquis de Segur.

In fact during the 1700′s, du Tertre was owned for a period of time by Pierre Mitchell, a noted glass blower located in Bordeaux. As a good bit of trivia for you, Jonathan Mitchell is known to have created the Jeroboam bottle. It is thought that some of the production of Chateau du Tertre was estate bottled in the 1700′s, due to the glass blowing ability of the owner, Jonathan Mitchell. Le Tertre, which was a popular wine in the Dutch market was sold in sold to Henri de Koenigswarter of the Netherlands. It was during his tenure that the name was changed from Le Tertre to du Tertre.

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By World War II the reputation and production of Chateau du Tertre had declined. In 1961 Château du Tertre was acquired by Philippe Gasqueton. Philippe Gasqueton was quite well-known and experienced as a chateau manager as he owned Chateau Calon Segur as well. Philippe Gasqueton replanted their Margaux vineyards as well as renovated the original chateau and the wine making making facilities. Philippe Gasqueton was able to do this with the help and backing of Belgian business partners. Following the death of Philippe Gasqueton in 1995, his widow sold the property to Eric and Louise Albada Jelgersma. The Jelgersma family was already quite established in Bordeaux, as they were the owners of another Margaux property, Chateau Giscours. The Jelgersma family still owns Chateau Giscours.

The 80 hectare vineyard of Chateau du Tertre’s vineyard is planted on one large single block, with 52 hectares under vine. This is one of the largest single blocks in Margaux as well as in all of the Medoc. The vineyard is also the same size today as it was at the time of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc. The vineyard of Chateau du Terte is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. This new vineyard cepage shows more Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but less Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines average 40 years of age. The estate also has vines that are 65 years of age. As I mentioned earlier, Chateau du Tertre has the unique distinction of being one of the few 1855 Classified growths with a vineyard that has not changed in size since the original 1855 Classification. At Chateau du Tertre, experiments started place in 2008 with biodynamic farming techniques with an eye to eventually becoming 100% biodynamic in the future.

For the vinification of Chateau du Tertre, the wines are vinified in a combination of wood and concrete vats that range in size from 10 hectoliters up to 180 hectoliters, which allows for true, parcel by parcel vinification.

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The thermoregulated vats are filled by gravity.Chateau du Tertre vinifies on a parcel by parcel basis at temperatures ranging from 25° to 30° Celsius. Chateau du Tertre was one of the first Bordeaux wine producers to begin using the cement Nomblot egg shaped, cement vats. The estate uses 5 egg shaped vats in total. These vats add more minerality to the wine. Maloactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak barrels and vats with 40% of the Malolactic fermentation taking place in in barrel and 60% taking place in concrete vats. Chateau du Tertre spends on average 18 months in 50% new, French oak barrels and is lightly fined with egg whites. The property produces a second wine, Les Hauts de Tertre. Production of Chateau du Tertre is on average close to 16,500 cases of wine per year.

Since 2000, the team at Chateau du Tertre has been making all the right moves to improve the quality in the wines. 2009 and 2010 remain the best vintages of Chateau du Tertre I have tasted.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château du Tertre

    1. With fennel, spearmint, cocoa powder and spicy, crisp cassis, the wine is soft, polished and fresh. It makes up for its lack of depth with fresh red fruit and easy accessibility. The vintage uses the highest percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the history of the estate at 80% of the blend, along with 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine reached 13.2% alcohol and has a pH of 3.63 with yields of 36 hectoliters per hectare. The Grand Vin was made from 50% of the harvest. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château du Tertre

    1. From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol and will be aged in 45% new French oak for close to 16 months. Ruby in color, this medium-bodied wine opens with tobacco, licorice, flowers and cherry notes. Soft and easygoing, the fresh, elegant, red berry-dominated, spicy wine should drink well close to release. 88-91 Pts

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  3. 2011 Château du Tertre

    1. Medium bodied, soft, easy going, lighter style of wine. The earthy, truffle and dark cherry nose is more complex than the red and black plum finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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    2. From an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13% alcohol. Coffee bean, fennel, flowers, cassis and earth lead to a medium-bodied, round, sweet, fresh, cherry and cassis-filled wine. 89-91 Pts

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  4. 2010 Château du Tertre

    1. Earthy, spicy, blackberries and black cherries create the aromatics. Fresh, clean, zippy fruits are found in the long finish. The final blend turned out to be 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and a healthy 10% Petit Verdot.

      91 points - Tasted
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    2. Chocolate, mint, blackberry, cassis, stone and spice scents, structured, polished, fresh, ripe and pure, this has improved since tasting it last year.

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. From an assemblage of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, the wine offers round textures and scents of fresh herbs, blackberries, cassis and tobacco. There is structure and freshness to allow this wine to age well. 90-91 Pts

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    4. du Tertre is the product of a blend from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. This is unique for the property as they usually include between 10% and 20% Cabernet Franc. This assemblage created a perfume of tobacco leaf, fresh herbs and blackberries. This elegant, medium/full bodied wine is filled with sweet cassis, ripe tannin and floral sensations ending with soft textures and ample freshness in the finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  5. 2009 Château du Tertre

    1. Truffle, stone, espresso, blackberry, chocolate and menthol in the nose. Sweet, supple and filled with plush ripe, blackberry and plums, this is showing better than when it was tasted earlier this year with the UGC.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. This is another 2009 Bordeaux that has fleshed out and improved since it was first tasted back in April, 2010. Licorice, coffee blackberry and plum aromas lead to a fresh, ripe, sensuous, well priced Margaux wine that was produced from a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot.

      90 points - Tasted
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    3. This has developed well since it was tasted in barrel. Truffle, licorice, cassis, black plum and spicy scents lead to an elegant, soft textured Margaux that ends with sweet plums and black cherries.

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    4. 2009 du Tertre opens with cassis, leaves, vanilla, herbs, and pepper notes. Medium to full bodied, the wine has a blackberry and cherry finish showing a lot of fresh cracked pepper notes. 88/90 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  6. 2008 Château du Tertre

    1. With perhaps the highest percentage of Cabernet Franc in the Medoc, (20% Cabernet Franc was used in 2008) Du Tertre produces a unique style of Bordeaux wine. The wine expresses tobacco, spice, herbs and cassis. Soft in texture, the wine ends with a red and black fruit filled finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  7. 2005 Château du Tertre

    1. Smoke, oak, licorice and ripe, black cherries lead to a still youthful, tannic Margaux that wants a bit more time before it's red berry finish softens and gains more complexity. The wine is showing much better than it did in my last tasting few years ago.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Earthy, black pepper, smoke and cassis aromatics are found in this wine. Full bodied and concentrated with cassis and spice flavors, the dark berry finish was a little short.

      88 points - Tasted
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  8. 2003 Château du Tertre

    1. Developed in color, tobacco, cigar box, strawberry, cherry and leafy notes lead to a sweet, soft, supple, round and drinking at what is close to peak, I’d opt for drinking this over the next 5-8 years.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, tobacco, cassis and peppery spice scents open to a medium/full bodied, finesse styled wine that is developing rapidly.

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  9. 2000 Château du Tertre

    1. Forest floor, pepper, earth, cassis, truffle and tobacco notes lead to a wine that is on the austere side of the style range. Tannic and firm, the wine ends with crisp, fresh, cassis and cranberry flavors. Time might help soften the wine.

      89 points - Tasted
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  10. 1990 Château du Tertre

    1. Cassis, smoke, cedar, tobacco, spice and truffle aromas lead to a wine that has reached maturity. This needs to be drunk sooner than later.

      86 points - Tasted
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  11. 1988 Château du Tertre

    1. Medium bodied with tobacco, spice and cassis, this fully mature wine is starting to drop its fruit and requires consumption.

      84 points - Tasted
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  12. 1982 Château du Tertre

    1. Light ruby with tea colors, the wine offers truffle, tobacco, cedar, cassis and cherry scents. Medium bodied, this is fully mature and needs to be drunk up.

      85 points - Tasted
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