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Château du Tertre Margaux

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Château du Tertre Margaux 2009

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"one of the finest du Tertres ever made"

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Robert Parker : 92/100
A seductive, opulent, textured Margaux with notes of licorice, black fruits, asphalt, pen ink and truffle, this is onethis is one of the finest du Tertres ever made of the finest du Tertres ever made. It has a hedonistic quality to it, but at the same time, there is great class, precision and freshness to this full-bodied, concentrated, but very supple-textured wine. Drink it over the next 20+ years (Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Feb 2012)

Jancis Robinson : 17.5/20
Lightly treacly nose. Interesting. Very different sort of nose. The fruit is kept in check - not too aggressively sweet. Tamped down to provide much more of a classic Margaux style but with lots of pleasure. Very cool indeed. (Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2010)

Wine Spectator : 88 - 91/100
Floral and perfumed, with blackberry and blueberry. Full and silky, with a lovely finish. Balanced. Lovely chocolaty character and texture. Big improvement. 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 percent Merlot, 15 percent Cabernet Franc and 8 percent Petit Verdot. (James Suckling - Wine Spectator - March 2010)

Decanter : 17.5/20
Fine deep red, good briary berry fruit with concentration and elegance, good florality, length, structure and very good potential (Steven Spurrier - Decanter - Apr 2010)

BBR : 16.5/20
Ch. du Tertre’s 2009 is a fantastic gem of a wine. With forward, fruity, fresh red and black fruit aromas, this has wonderful concentration with layers of creamy blackberries rolling across the palate, super-silky tannins and a mocha hint at the finish adding complexity. This is destined to be a lovely drinking wine in a few years’ time.
"I am not going to sit on the fence here. This is the best wine Ch. du Tertre has ever made. With forward, fruity, fresh red and black fruit aromas, this has wonderful concentration with layers of creamy blackberries rolling across the palate, super-silky tannins and a mocha hint at the finish that adds complexity. This is going to look like a bargain in two weeks too. Drink 2015-2026." (Simon Staples, Berrys' Fine Wine Director)

Jean-Marc Quarin (3/1/2010) : 16 (89)
Lovely dark color with normal intensity. Fine, fruity, pure nose. Smooth, subtle mouth with a silky feel. The wine develops with good fullness, aromatic, precise in its flavors, rather ethereal and supple with a lovely texture in the finish. It is not yet opulent, but its aromatic qualities and subtlety make it Margaux. This is a lovely interpretation work from Frédéric Ardouin (former vineyard manager at Château Latour). Du Tertre offers very successful cabernet franc and for the first time the presence of 8% of petit verdot contributes to the lovely success of this wine in the 2009 vintage. Also, take note that the amount of tannins has never been so high. It is a blend of 55 % cabernet sauvignon, 22 % merlot, 15 % cabernet franc and 8 % petit verdot - Alcohol content: 13.56% - pH : 3,72 - IPT : 73. 88 - 89

The Wine Doctor (3/1/2010) : 17.5-18.5+/20
Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Petit Verdot 8%. Restrained use of Merlot and plenty of Petit Verdot here. Bright and vibrant and creamy fruit here, dark but also very pure. There is a lovely flesh to the palate, with creamy and well integrated tannins. The fruit does have a slightly lush character, perfumed with violets, but underneath there is a ripe and firm backbone of tannin combined with good acidity. Really good potential here from the Giscours-du Tertre stable.

Château du Tertre
5th growth classified in 1855. Château du Tertre's history goes all the way back to the 17th century. Whilst the old Médoc Seigneuries were in the hands of the Bordeaux nobility and became top wine estates, Du Tertre left the Arsac Seigneury and in 1724 was purchased by Pierre Mitchell, an Irishman, who was the leading bottle manufacturer of the Bordeaux region. During the course of the 19th century, under the control of ingenious owners such as Henry de Vallande or Baron Henri de Koenigswater, the wines of the estate gained world renown, culminating in their inclusion in the 1855 Médoc classification. Down a path, just past the village church, the remarkable outlines of Tertre's gravel outcrops come into full view. These were described by 19th century writers as « the lovely Tertre (hill) of Arsac ». The Margaux soils reach their highest point here, and it is one of the highest gravel outcrops of the Médoc area. Today, Château du Tertre is indebted to the Albada Jelgersma family for having rediscovered its aristocratic pedigree. Since 1997, Château du Tertre's destiny has been in the hands of Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch businessman, who has long been a keen francophile, a great art lover and a passionate admirer of the Médoc. Eager to get the very best out of his outstanding soils, which are exceptionally homogeneous and recognised as having some of the highest potential in the Margaux appellation, Eric Albada Jelgersma now sees his team rewarded for their efforts. Though having modernised the estate, Eric Albada Jelgersma has managed to maintain traditional methods while taking advantage of the latest innovations, making the wines of Château du Tertre superbly powerful and elegant with excellent ageing potential.

Owner: Eric Albada Jelgersma
Manager: Alexander van Beek
Cellar master: David Fennelly
Vineyard manager: Jacques Pélissié
Oenologist: Jacques Boissenot
Blend of the 2009 vintage: 15% Cabernet Franc, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Ageing: 50% in new barrels during 18 month/s
Soil: Perfectly drained gravelly crops from 3 to 5 meters Area: 52 hectares Average age of the vines: 40 years

Château du Tertre

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Vintage 2009
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Grape variety 15% Cabernet Franc, 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot
Alcohol % 0
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