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Chateau Marquis de Terme History, Overview
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 in Bordeaux 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.
In 1886, Chateau Marquis de Terme was purchased by Frederic Eschenhauer. Frederic 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 Seneclauze, Philippe Seneclauze and Pierre-Louis Seneclauze. In 2009, a complete renovation and modernization was finished for all the technical wine making facilities at Chateau Marquis de Terme.
Chateau Marquis de Terme Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 40 hectare, Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Marquis de Terme is planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. This shows a slight change since the mid 1990’s with less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot planted today. 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. Their best parcels of vines are located close to the chateau, not far from Rauzan Segla. They also have parcels in Cantenac and a bit further south, next to Chateau dIssan. Starting with the 2013 vintage, Chateau Marquis de Terme began experimenting with organic farming on a small parcel of vines. They are now farming their vineyards using only, 100% organic vineyard management techniques, and were certified organic in 2017.
Chateau Marquis de Terme Winemaking
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.
The Best Vintages of Chateau Marquis de Terme are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Chateau Marquis de Terme is producing the best wines in the history of the estate today. But older vintages should be approached with extreme caution.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Marquis de Terme, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Marquis de Terme is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. The wine will also gently warm in the glass, releasing its aromatics. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Chateau Marquis de Terme is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Marquis de Terme is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Marquis de Terme Wine Tasting Notes
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2016 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Deep in color, flowers, black raspberries, licorice and smoke are easy to find. Lush, silky, fresh and polished, this is quite a nice style of wine.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 1152 Views
2015 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
A fabulous wine in every sense of the word, the wine is silky, plush and with a solid intensity of flavor, finish with silky tannins and freshness. Clearly the best wine ever from Marquis de Terme.
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 800 Views
Deeply colored with an espresso, cocoa, black plum and earthy nose, this wine is rich, silky, plush and shows good intensity of flavor and depth with a silky, sensuous finish. Clearly, the best ever for Marquis de Terme. 93 - 95 Pts
Apr 21, 2016points - Tasted 1531 Views
2014 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Medium bodied, finesse styled wine with a fresh, cherry component, toasty oak and sweet, but light, fruits in the finish.
Feb 4, 2017points - Tasted 1457 Views
Soft and open with a bittersweet chocolate, licorice and black cherry core, the wine is lush, smooth, bright, round and forward. 90-91 Pts
Apr 22, 2015points - Tasted 1702 Views
2013 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Filled with black raspberry and floral notes, this medium-bodied wine features an oak-driven, tannic finish highlighted by red berries. 86-88 Pts
Apr 20, 2014points - Tasted 1871 Views
2012 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
From a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, the medium bodied wine displays a floral, black cherry, espresso and earthy soft, Soft and easy to drink, this should drink well young.
Mar 11, 2015points - Tasted 1717 Views
Ripe black fruit with chocolate, round textures and a fleshy, flashy blackberry and dark chocolate finish. 90-92 Pts
Apr 25, 2013points - Tasted 1923 Views
2011 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
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. .
Feb 17, 2014points - Tasted 2174 Views
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
Apr 19, 2012points - Tasted 3000 Views
2010 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
With a floral, dark red berry, espresso and thyme scented nose to start things off, the medium/full bodied wine keeps going, with its polished tannins, freshness and core of ripe dark cherries and cassis. Still young, give it 5-7 more years to develop.
Feb 3, 2016points - Tasted 3179 Views
2009 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
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.
Feb 1, 2012points - Tasted 4034 Views
2008 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Medium bodied, tannic and with a lean to the bright side of the style range, the nose is best part of the experience with its earthy, floral, red berry and tobacco character. Future vintages are much better at this estate.
Jul 7, 2017points - Tasted 1067 Views
2005 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
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.
Jun 13, 2012points - Tasted 4483 Views
2004 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Bright red fruits, freshness, medium bodied and soft textured, the wine is more interesting on the nose than the palate.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 1962 Views
2000 Château Marquis de Terme ( Margaux)
Fully mature, medium bodied, earthy, tobacco infused wine, with bright red fruits and cigar box notes. The wine offers soft textures and a light, fresh, earthy, red berry and leafy sensation in the finish. This is not a wine for long term aging.
Oct 4, 2016points - Tasted 2357 Views