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Chateau Marquis-de- Terme


Chateau Marquis de Terme Margaux Fourth 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

Chateau Marquis de Terme is another Bordeaux wine estate with a long history. The original owner was Bernard de Faverolles. In 1661, September 7, he sold it to Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan. At the time, this was one of the largest properties in Bordeaux. In fact, this Medoc estate was so big, it gave birth to four different Classified growths; Rauzan-Segla, Rauzan-Gassies, Chateau Desmirail and Marquis de Terme!

Like many properties owned by wealthy families at the time, it was originally created through a marriage dowry. It was a gift to celebrate the marriage of Mademoiselle Rauzan du Ribail to Jean Desmirail which helped create a dowry gift for the marriage between Elizabeth de Ledoulx d’Emplet and the Marquis de Termes, François de Peguilhan de Larboust. That wedding gave birth the estates name after the Marquis de Termes took control of the chateau.

Chateau Marquis de Terme was another Bordeaux chateau from Margaux that Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President was fond of. This is known due to notes from the diary of Thomas Jefferson. After the Marquis died, Marquis de Terme became the property of Halvorous Sollberg in 1809. Sollberg was a popular Bordeaux wine negociant of Swedish origin who married a rich, French heiress.

Chateau Marquis de Terme was once again sold to another Bordeaux negociant. In 1886 the estate was purchased by Frederic Eschenhauer. Eschenhauer was a very popular Bordeaux wine negociant. The Eschenhauer family managed the chateau until it was acquired by Jean Feuillerat in 1898. Pierre Seneclauze bought the property in 1935. Today, Chateau Marquis de Terme is owned by Pierre’s sons, Jean, Philippe and Pierre-Louis Seneclauze. In 2009, a complete renovation was finished for all the technical wine making facilities at Chateau Marquis de Terme.

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The 38 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Marquis de Terme is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. The terroir is gravel, sand, limestone and clay soils. On average, the vines are 30 years of age. The vines are planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare. Starting with the 2013 vintage, Chateau Marquis de Terme began experimenting with organic farming on a small parcel of vines. They are hoping to increase the percentage quickly to becoming 100% organic, with the goal of being certified organic by 2017.

To produce the wine of Chateau Marquis de Terme, vinification takes place in large, cement vats that vary in size from 80 hectoliters all the way up to 250 hectoliters. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tank. The wine of Chateau Marquis de Terme is aged in a combination of 33% to 50% new, French oak barrels and a small amount of 600 liter, Nomblot, concrete, egg shaped vats for an average of 18 months. The Nomblot eggs, which are used for an average of 8% of their production, first became popular due to their usage in the Rhone Valley by Michel Chapoutier. The egg shaped, concrete vats are said to add more minerality to the wine. Additional experiments are taking place with the portion of the wine aged in the egg shaped vats by exposing the wine to a nano oxygenation technique that introduces tiny amounts of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide into the wine.

On average, Chateau Marquis de Terme produces close to 12,500 cases of Margaux wine per year. There is a second wine. Prior to 2008, the second wine was sold as Les Gondats de Marquis de Term. In 2008, the name for the second wine was changed to La Couronne de Marquis de Terme. The owners also produce wine in the Rhone Valley in the Bandol and Cotes de Provence appellations.

Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Marquis de Terme

    1. Filled with black raspberry and floral notes, this medium-bodied wine features an oak-driven, tannic finish highlighted by red berries. 86-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  2. 2012 Château Marquis de Terme

    1. Ripe black fruit with chocolate, round textures and a fleshy, flashy blackberry and dark chocolate finish. 90-92 Pts

      91 points - Tasted
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  3. 2011 Château Marquis de Terme

    1. Smoky, with licorice, black raspberries and note of cocoa in the nose, the wine is soft, forward, medium bodied and ready to drink almost on release. .

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Floral, earth, cassis, espresso and jam aromas, round tannins, medium body and a sweet, tasty chocolate, coffee and black cherry jam finish are found in this wine. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Château Marquis de Terme

    1. Coffee bean, earth, black raspberry and spicy plum aromas create the aromatics. Suave and round in texture, the round wine, from an assemblage of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 34% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot, finishes with a long, fresh, ripe, concentrated layer of dark cherries.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2005 Château Marquis de Terme

    1. From a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, cassis, tobacco, earth and leafy scents poke through. Medium bodied with some dryness in the tannins, give it a few more years. There is some tartness in the red and black fruit finish.

      88 points - Tasted
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