Chateau du Tertre Margaux Bordeaux, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Chateau du Tertre, Margaux Fifth Growth with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn all the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau du Tertre History, Overview

This Bordeaux property found the inspiration for its name from its location. Du Tertre is situated on the tertre. Tertre in French means hillk or rising ground, which is where the vineyards are 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 number of vines located in the commune of Arsac. Le Tertre passed through several different owners over the centuries.

In fact during the 1700s, what we know of as Chateau du Tertre today was owned for a period of time by Pierre Mitchell, a noted Bordeaux glassblower. This is a good bit of trivia for you. Pierre 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 1700s, due to the glass blowing ability of the owner, Pierre Mitchell.

Le Tertre, as the estate was known in those days was a popular wine in the Dutch market. Because of its renown in Holland, the estate was eventually sold to Henri de Koenigswarter of the Netherlands. It was during his tenure as the owner that the name was changed from Chateau Le Tertre to Chateau du Tertre. The vineyard was later owned by the Cruse family in the early 1900s.

du Tertre Pool Statue

By World War II, the reputation and production of Chateau du Tertre had declined. In 1961 Chateau du Tertre was acquired by Philippe Gasqueton. If the Gasqueton name sounds familiar to you, it should. Philippe Gasqueton was quite well-known and experienced as an owner because he owned Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe as well.

Philippe Gasqueton replanted the vineyards of du Tertre as well as renovated the original chateau and modernized the entire winemaking making facilities.

Chateau du Tertre The Modern Age

Following the death of Philippe Gasqueton in 1995, his widow sold the property to Eric Albada Jelgersma and Louise Albada Jelgersma. The Jelgersma family was already quite established in Bordeaux, as they were the owners of another Margaux property at the time, Chateau Giscours.

Alexander van Beek was brought in to manage Chateau du Tertre. It was under the direction of Alexander van Beek that things began turning around for du Tertre. One of the first big decisions made by van Beek was to discontinue machine harvesting and move to pick by hand. Portions of the vineyards were replanted as well.

In January 2021, Chateau du Tertre was sold to the Helfrich family. The Helfrich family is well-known in the wine trade for owning vineyards in Alsace, and in other French wine regions. They are also the founders of Grands Chais de France, which owns a myriad of vineyards in France as well as negociant companies in Bordeaux. Their holdings include Chateau du Cartillon Haut Medoc and Chateau Cantin in St. Emilion.

Chateau du Tertre Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 54 hectare Chateau du Tertre vineyard is planted to 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. This marks a major change in the vineyard with less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot.

The du Tertre vineyard is planted in one large single block of vines. This is one of the largest single blocks of vines in Margaux, as well as in all of the Medoc.

It is important to note that their vineyard is also one of the few estates that is the same size today, as it was at the time of the 1855 Classification of the Medoc.

The terroir is mostly gravel, with some sand soils on two, gentle, sloping hills. The elevation close to the chateau graduates up to 27 meters, making it one of the highest peaks in the Margaux appellation. The location for much of the vineyard is situated close to a forest, which produces a slightly cooler, micro-climate.

The cooler ambient temperature adds more freshness to the wines. Geographically, they are next to their sister property, Chateau Giscours. In fact, only a small stream separates the two vineyards. Their best parcels are located just behind the chateau, and as well as on the peaks of their gravel hills.

They have 52.5 are hectares under vine. The remainder of du Tertre is devoted to verdant gardens, forests and one of the most beautiful swimming pools I have ever seen. There is sculpted art scattered throughout the gardens.

The vineyard density is planted to 9,200 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are close to 40 years of age. The estate also has older vines that are almost 70 years old. The oldest vines are their Cabernet Franc, which they are using for their own Massal selection.

At Chateau du Tertre, experiments started taking place in 2008 with biodynamic farming techniques with an eye to eventually becoming 100% biodynamic in the future. By 2017, 55% of the vineyard is being farmed using only biodynamic farming techniques.

The estate is in the process of converting to exclusive use of biodynamic farming techniques. This is being on a parcel by parcel basis. Each time a parcel is replanted, it is being done using biodynamic farming at the current higher levels of vine density.

Chateau du Tertre Winemaking

For the vinification of Chateau du Tertre, the wines are vinified in a combination of 24 wood tanks, 10 concrete vats, 4 small cement eggs, and 16 stainless steel tanks that range in size from 10 hectoliters up to 180 hectoliters, which allows for true, parcel by parcel vinification.

The thermoregulated vats are filled by gravity. Chateau du Tertre vinifies on a parcel by parcel basis at temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 30 degrees 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 4 egg-shaped vats in total. These vats add more minerality to the wine.

Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of French oak barrels and vats with 40% of the Malolactic fermentation taking place 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.

The best vintages of Chateau du Tertre are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2001 and 2000. Since 2000, the team at Chateau du Tertre, headed by Alexander van Beek, has truly been making all the right moves to improve the quality, texture and character in the wines, vintage after vintage.

du Tertre Chateau

When to Drink Chateau du Tertre, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau du Tertre can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting, but it is much better with age. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-2 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Chateau du Tertre is usually better with at least 10 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau du Tertre offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-25 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau du Tertre, with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau du Tertre is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau du Tertre is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau du Tertre is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta as well as cheese.

Starting with the 2014 vintage, Chateau du Tertre began producing a dry white Bordeaux wine, “Tertre Blanc”. The wine is produced from a unique blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Gros Manseng. The wine is sold as a Vin de France because most of those grapes are not approved for planting in Bordeaux.

The production is tiny, so good luck finding any as only 500 cases are produced each vintage. The white wine of du Tertre can be paired with all types of fresh seafood, shellfish, sushi, sashimi, and of course cheese.

Château du Tertre Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

Following the initial shot of espresso you find flowers, wet earth, forest floor and dark red fruits. Medium/full-bodied, fresh and juicy, with a spicy edge to the creamy soft, sweet fruits in the finish. 90-92 Pts

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2019 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 92

Fresh, elegant, medium-bodied, graceful style of Margaux here. The fruit is silky and sweet, with round, lush tannins and a finish of ripe, juicy red fruits, blackberry and a hint of blueberry. This gem is going to be delicious in its youth, and it will age well too! From a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot Franc, 13% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot, reaching 13.4%. The harvest took place September 27 until October 12. 91-93 Pts

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2019 Tertre Blanc  (Vin de France) 92

Flower and honeysuckle aromatics with pomelo, mango, white peach and banana notes are just great here. On the palate ,the wine is juicy, creamy and lifted. It is the combination of ripe fruits, cracked pepper, sweetness and blazing acidity that make everything work here. The unique blend is made from 30% Gros Manseng, 28% Chardonnay, 27% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Viognier. The wine was vinified in stainless steel and barrel and aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. 92 Pts

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2018 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 93

Earthy, with leafy tobacco, mint, flowers and red currants with spice on the nose, the wine is energetic, sweet and soft, with a polish to the tannins and lift to the fruit. This is the finest vintage du Tertre has ever produced. The wine blends 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot and is the product of very low yields. 93 Points

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The wine is bright, focused and fresh. The fruits are succulent, polished and vibrant. The finish is all about the juiciness in the red fruits and silk in the tannins. From a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol. Due to issues with excessive rains and mildew du Tertre lost close to 40% of their crop. The harvest took place September 17 to October 12. 91-93 Pts

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2018 Tertre Blanc  (Vin de France) 91

The nose is all about the white peach, flowers, cantaloupe, vanilla and citrus peel. The wine is unctuous and lively, with a blast of yellow citrus and peach in the finish. The unique blend is made from 30% Viognier, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Gros Manseng. The wine was vinified in stainless steel and barrel and aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. 91 Points

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2017 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

Medium-bodied, with fresh, ripe, crisp red fruits, touches of herbs, forest leaf and peppery spices on the nose. Fresh and bright on the palate, with lifted red berries in the finish, give this at least 5 or more years before pulling a cork. 91 Points

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Walk into a flower store with a basket of cherries and you get the idea, especially if you add peppery spice, tobacco leaf and wet earth. Soft, polished, refined and sweet, the tannins are silky, the fruits are juicy and there is length. This is going to be delicious in its youth, and it will age well too! From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.9. The harvest took place from September 14 until October 2. Due to the frost, they lost 35% of the crop. 92 Points

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2017 Tertre Blanc  (Vin de France) 91

The combination of pomelo and flowers is perfect this year. From there you find lemon grass, tangerine and citrus peel. Bright, crisp and refreshing, there is body and vibrant citrus in the finish. The unique blend is made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Viognier. The wine was vinified in stainless steel and barrel and aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. 91 Points

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2016 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 92

Flowers, spicy red berries and forest notes are in your glass as soon as the wine hits the glass. Medium bodied, elegant, fresh and dynamic, the wine is silky, sweet, juicy and pure from start to finish. 92 Points

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Fresh, spicy, peppery, ripe red fruits with right amount of earth, flowers, and leafy herbs open the soft textured, medium/full bodied, silky wine. Give it a few years for its seductive qualities to shine. 92 Points

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Earthy, spicy, fresh, vibrant, sweet and loaded with crisp, ripe, red fruits, earth, tobacco and floral nuances, gives this a decade to develop its secondary flavors so it will show what it's really made of. 92 Points

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Flowers, cherries, smoke, thyme, cassis and silky fruits all over the place in this medium-bodied, fresh, sophisticated wine. From a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot Franc, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The Merlot was harvested from September 27 until October 10, the Cabernet Sauvignon from October 15 to October 19 and the Cabernet Franc from October 10 to October 13. The Petit Verdot was harvested in one day, October 15. 92 Points

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2016 Tertre Blanc  (Vin de France) 89

Juicy, citrus, honeydew, flowers, vanilla and spice with tropical fruit accents get the wine going. Round, sweet and with some flesh, the fresh, citrus in the end, keeps it refreshing. The wine is vinified in stainless steel tanks and barrel aged in 100% new, French oak. The wine comes from a unique blend of 25% Chardonnay 25% Gros Manseng, 25% Viognier and 25% Sauvignon Blanc. 89 Points

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2015 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 93

Juicy, sweet, and most important, round and silky, the wine feels as good as it tastes. With its satin characteristics, here, there is a charm, and even sexiness you have no trouble spotting all the way through to the spicy red fruits in the finish. 93 Points

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Now we are talking. The red fruits are bright, sweet, soft and silky. The floral notes, coupled with earth, forest and kirsch a treat. The pure cherries in the soft finish offer polish and refinement. 93 Points

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Showing better than ever, this has a lot going on here. The wine is conceentrated, sweet, fresh, vibrant, silky and complex. This will age and evolve quite well too. 93 Points

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With a kiss of dark cocoa, earth, plum and blackberry to get things started, this wine is supple, silky, long and fresh. The sweet, dark, red fruits, drizzles of chocolate, spice and freshness feel lovely on the palate. From a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, this wine reached 13.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. The picking took place September 9 to October 9 and the wine will be aged in 47% new, French oak barrels. 91 - 93 Pts

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2015 Tertre Blanc  (Vin de France) 89

Honeyed grapefruit, nuts, flowers, lemon peel and orange marmalade aromatics present a unique profile. Polished, sweet, yet fresh and vibrant, with a dominant citrus character, this is a fun, early drinker that will stump everyone in a blend tasting. From a unique blend of 42% Chardonnay, 31% Gros Manseng, 16% Viognier and 11% Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is vinified in stainless steel and barrel and aged in 100% new, French oak barrels. 89 Points

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2014 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

Forward in style, this will offers its charms young. The fruit has a softness, sweet and fresh character that is quit successful for the vintage, and will drink well young. The wine was made from a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot. 91 Points

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Bright, fresh, vibrant, energetic and spicy, with loads of tobacco, earth and herbs on top of sweet, fresh cherries are all right there, in this medium bodied, charmer. 90 Points

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It’s not difficult to sense the flowers, blackberry and a bit of chocolate on the nose and easy to enjoy the smooth, softness coupled with the sensation of freshness on the palate. The sweet cherry finish makes this vintage already easy to drink. From a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, the wine reached 13.2% alcohol. 89-91 Pts

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2013 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 88

Light in color and fruit, the wine is already starting to show some secondary characteristics. Light, but fresh and sweet, drink this now for its fresh, sweet, red berry and peppery character. The wine was made from blending 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend for this vintage is a record for the property. 88 Points

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Light in color, medium bodied and forward, there is good freshness to the bright, red cherries and strawberry tones that carry through from start to finish. 88 Points

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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

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2012 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

Here you find smoke, cherries, tobacco and earth. Medium bodied, fresh and with polished fruits in the finish, give this another 5 years to develop. The wine was made from 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot. 91 Points

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Fresh, medium bodied lively, crisp fruits, flowers and spice are found in this soft wine. 90 Points

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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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2011 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 89

Developing rapidly, the wine already shows secondary characteristics. Medium bodied, fresh but light on the palate, there is an herbal note that is quite strong in the otherwise, fresh, silky finish. The wine was made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. 89 Points

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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

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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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2010 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

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

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

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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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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

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2009 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 92

Ruby in color, you find the floral, pepper and wild cherry easily. Bright, spicy, crisp and clean, the medium-bodied wine is classic, fruity and supple, with an energetic edge to the freshness. 92 Points

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Lush, supple, elegant and fresh, the wine tastes, smells and feels great, with all its sweet, lush, fresh fruit and plummy, chocolate touches. You can drink this now, but it's going to better in 3-5 years. The wine was produced from blending 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot. 93 Points

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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

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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

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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. 90 Points

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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

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2008 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 92

A blend of dark and deep red cherries is at the wines core. The tannins, are soft, the fruit is bright, crisp, fresh and peppery. Give it a few more years and this beauty will be even better. 92 Points

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Still on the young, fruity side of the style range with loads of black cherries in the mouth and nose, you find more maturity in the finish, with its soft, silky, elegant tannins and freshness. Give it a few more years and will be even better. The wine was produced using 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points

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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

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2007 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 85

Showing its age in the ruby, tea colored hue, the wine shows flowers, light red fruits, tobacco and earth. Light in fruit, but elegant in character, with a light, red fruit, herb and English breakfast tea finish. The wine requires drinking up, sooner than later. This is the penultimate vintage produced in the old cellar in large vats without temperature control. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 85 Points

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2006 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 90

With the tell-tale strictness of the vintage, the finish is still tannic. There is fruit, the fruit is ripe, and fresh, but the wine requires several more years before it softens and gains enough secondary nuances. The wine was produced from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points

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Medium bodied, with a lot of development in the color, the wine offers a truffle and red berry nose, soft textures and earthy, fresh red plums in the finish. This is a ready to drink charmer. 87 Points

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2005 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 93

Medium/full bodied, richly textured with a lush character to the fruit and tannins. Silky, sensuous and charming, the fruit feels great, the finish offers freshness and length along with tension. You can drink this now, or age it for further development. The wine was made blending 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. 93 Points

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Already open and serving up its tobacco, earth, cherry and wild strawberry charms, the wine has a softness to the tannins on the palate. ,The end is focused on its fresh, bright and almost, crisp, cassis and cranberry finish. 90 Points

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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

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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

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2004 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 89

Leafy tobacco, smoke, earth and cherries define the perfume. Ready to drink, the fruit is fresh, herbal and with a peppery complexity. There is a dryness in the otherwise charming finish. The wine was produced from blending 42% Cabernet Sauvignon,38% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 89 Points

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Cedar wood, leaf, forest floor, herb and cassis, medium bodied, the tannins are resolved, the ready to drink wine ends with light, clean strawberry notes. 88 Points

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2003 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 89

Medium bodied, slightly rustic in the end note and showing older than its true age in the color, nose and palate, the wine has a sweetness of fruit on the palate with a soft texture, which is nice, but the tannins are a bit harsh. This is not a wine for further aging. 89 Points

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With a mature edge to its color, on the nose, the wine is all about its truffle, thyme, red fruit and smoke character. On the palate, you find soft, round textures, sweet, dark cherries and earth, There is no sensation of heat of jam. Tasting older than its true age, you find dusty tannins and polished, spicy red berries. Quite nice for a difficult vintage. The wine was made from blending 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 90 Points

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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

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

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2002 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 88

Fully developed, the wine is medium bodied, with a soft entry and a distinctive herbal character on the palate and in the finish, especially in the end notes. . Classic in style is a good way to define the vintage here. The wine was made from a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, which is the highest percentage used in the blend. 88 Points

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2001 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 90

Cigar wrapper, wet earth and sweet cherries work together to create a medium bodied wine with freshness, and sweet, ripe, spicy fruits. The wine is polished, peppery, elegant and with the complexity of sandy tannins in the finish.. 90 Points

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This is really coming on strong. The floral, spicy, fresh, red and dark berries with just a hint of cigar box is shining on the nose. Soft textured, fresh, spicy, earthy, sweet cherries deliver the goods in the finish. 90 Points

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2000 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 91

With smoky cocoa, dark cherries and truffle essences, the wine is soft, elegant and refined. Medium bodied, with a spicy edge, the fruit has freshness and vibrancy, with just a hint of leafy, herbs in the finish. From a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, this is the first vintage in a few years to add any Petit Verdot. 91 Points

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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

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1999 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 85

With a mature color showing ruby with tea accents, the wine is medium bodied, with an earthy, spicy, truffle and red berry character. Light, silky, bright and spicy, with a light, fresh, peppery, red berry character in its finish. This is fully mature and requires drinking. From a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is the debut vintage produced in the new, modern cellars. 85 Points

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1998 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 84

Cigar wrapper, earthy, truffle cocoa and red fruits on the nose, the wine is medium bodied, soft in texture, with a short finish that offers cherries, spice, herbs and some tartness. If you are sitting on any bottles, this is a wine to drink sooner than later, before losing the remainder of its fruit. The final vintage produced in the original cellars with large vats and without temperature control. The wine was made from blending 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. 84 Points

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1990 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 86

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

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1988 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 84

Medium bodied with tobacco, spice and cassis, this fully mature wine is starting to drop its fruit and requires consumption. 84 Points

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1982 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 85

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

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1970 Château du Tertre  (Margaux) 84

Past its prime but not completely out of gas, the wine is medium-bodied and mostly on the secondary side with tobacco leaf, wet forest floor, cigar box, herbs, green leaf and spicy, tart red berries. The finish is soft, peppery, green and bright with a cranberry endnote. 84 Points

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