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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 vineyard. Chateau Marquis de Terme was already well known by the 1700’s and counted Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President as one of their fans. This is known due to notes from the diary of Thomas Jefferson.
In 1886, Chateau Marquis de Terme was purchased by Frederic Eschenauer, a very popular Bordeaux wine negociant. The Eschenauer 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 and managed 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. In 2018 the Chateau opened a restaurant headed by chef Nicolas Lascombes.
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 and 7% Petit Verdot. This shows a slight change since the mid 1990’s with less Cabernet Sauvignon and more Merlot planted today. The Cabernet Franc has also been removed from the vineyard.
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 the Cantenac commune and a bit further south, they have vines planted 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. In 2020, in a bid to join the growing oenotourisme movement, the estate opened a restaurant on the property called Marquis.
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: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2005. Approach older vintages with extreme caution as they are not at the level the vineyard is capable of producing.
Today Marquis de Terme is making the best wines in the history of the estate! So far, the 2015 is the best wine they have ever produced!
When to Drink Chateau Marquis de Terme, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Marquis de Terme can be enjoyed on the young side with decanting. But you are better off giving the wine some time to develop. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1-3 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 Marquis de Terme is usually better with at least 7-9 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Marquis de Terme offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-18 years of age after the vintage.
Serving 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.
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
18 Vintages 93,635 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2020||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
A beautiful display of violets, roses, cherry blossoms, espresso, plums, black cherry and cocoa come to the surface with little effort. Silky, soft and polished, medium/full-bodied, with a finish that delivers layer after layer of chocolate covered dark red, plush fruits. 93-95 Pts
946 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
|2019||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Violets and spice, coupled with dark chocolate and black juicy plums, bring you to a silky, sexy, soft and polished center. From there, the medium-bodied wine on the palate serves up all its layers of ripe, sweet, sensuously textured fruits. The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. 93-95 Pts
2,903 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
|2018||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Smoke, black raspberries, espresso, wet earth, truffle, plum and currants create a fabulous nose. Lush, silky, polished, soft and sweet, the fruit tastes as good as it feels on the palate and in the finish. 94 Points
900 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
Flowers and black raspberry permeate the nose, while soft, silky, polished, ripe, red fruits do their work on your palate. The wine is refined, elegant and very Margaux. 92-94 Pts
1,672 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
I like the floral nature here, especially since it is coupled with loads of ripe, soft, round, sweet, silky, fresh red fruits with a kiss of oak. This should come around nicely with a few more years in the cellar. 92 Points
1,943 Views Tasted May 14, 2020
Deeply colored with a nose that focuses on fresh red fruits, licorice, espresso and bitter chocolate, the wine is medium bodied, bright and almost crisp on the palate. There is fruit, sweetness and a lot of lift. 91 Points
2,474 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Elegant, silky, fresh and vibrant, the fruit is soft, polished, ripe and pure. If you look closely, you can already find the floral nuances along with licorice, cherry, black raspberry and smoke. Give this 8-10 years and it is going to be a beauty! 94 Points
2,983 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Showing better from the bottle than it did in barrel, the wine has filled out and softened, adding floral nuances to the licorice, cherry, black raspberry and smoky overtones. Soft, polished, round and with fruit to spare, this is showing great today and will only get better wine time. 94 Points
3,036 Views Tasted Feb 10, 2019
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. 93 Points
2,936 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Dark ruby in color, there is a real depth of flavor here, due to all the layers of lushly textured, soft, polished, ripe, sweet, black and red fruits. The wine is silky, concentrated, velvety textured and energetic. This will age quite well. 94 Points
5,796 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
With intensity of flavor, the dark, perfectly ripe, sweet, black and deep fruits offer a concentrated, velvety textured, mouthful of wine. There is length, richness, complexity, energy and the ability to age and evolve for at least 3 decades, or longer. This is another Margaux that is a contender for the best wine ever produced at the estate. 95 Points
5,648 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
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. 94 Points
2,998 Views Tasted Jul 12, 2017
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
2,891 Views Tasted Apr 21, 2016
|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. 90 Points
2,961 Views Tasted Feb 4, 2017
Soft and open with a bittersweet chocolate, licorice and black cherry core, the wine is lush, smooth, bright, round and forward. 90-91 Pts
2,114 Views Tasted Apr 22, 2015
|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
3,104 Views Tasted Apr 20, 2014
|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. 90 Points
3,277 Views Tasted Mar 11, 2015
Ripe black fruit with chocolate, round textures and a fleshy, flashy blackberry and dark chocolate finish. 90-92 Pts
2,184 Views Tasted Apr 25, 2013
|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. . 89 Points
3,080 Views Tasted Feb 17, 2014
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
3,831 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2012
|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. 91 Points
6,014 Views Tasted Feb 3, 2016
|2009||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Medium bodied, soft, round and approachable, the wine loads on up on wet earth, flowers, espresso and spicy red fruits, leaving you with a soft, suave finish loaded with sweet cherries. 91 Points
3,002 Views Tasted Sep 20, 2019
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
4,439 Views Tasted Feb 1, 2012
|2008||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
You can see some lightening in the color that is correct for its age. Tobacco, cedar, thyme, herbs and red berries are delivered via the medium bodied, crisp, classically styled, wine. 88 Points
2,882 Views Tasted Sep 17, 2018
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. 88 Points
4,429 Views Tasted Jul 7, 2017
|2006||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Mature, easy to like and drink, the wine is medium-bodied, soft, round and with just a hint of tannins remaining, the gentle cherry fruit, wet earth, tobacco, espresso, licorice and floral charms are ready to go. This is not a wine to hold for long term development, but it is quite nice today. 89 Points
2,617 Views Tasted Nov 13, 2019
|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. 88 Points
4,763 Views Tasted Jun 13, 2012
|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. 87 Points
2,192 Views Tasted Jan 4, 2015
|2001||Château Marquis de Terme (Margaux)|
Charming, fully mature, mid-weight, easy drinking charmer, with perhaps more interest on the nose, than the soft, but light palate. 89 Points
2,743 Views Tasted Dec 3, 2018
|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. 88 Points
2,877 Views Tasted Oct 4, 2016