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Château du Tertre in Margaux was in the 1990s a prime contender for the prize of the least-known Classed Growth wine in the Médoc. It was bought by the Dutch businessman, Eric Albada Jelgersma, in 1997 with a mission to revitalise the estate's fortunes. Château du Tertre's revival was first signalled with its stunning offering from the 2000 vintage and this has continued with equally strong offerings from 2005 and 2008 and 2009.
Château du Tertre can trace its history back to the 12th century, has 50 hectares of vineyards which neighbour those of Cantenac-Brown and Brane-Cantenac to the north and Giscours to the east.
It is situated on one of the highest hills in the Margaux commune which is where its name comes from (Tertre means knoll). The wines is typically a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc - Previously the wine's ageing capacity was suspect but examples from recent vintages will age easily for 15 or more years.
Case price (Bottle 6 x 75cl)
Bottle 6 x 75cl58cs
Special 1 x 300cl114cs
Another contender for the least-known Classed Growth in the Médoc, if this rejuvenated estate carries on making wines like its outstanding 2003, that situation will certainly change. A fabulous nose of intensely floral cassis and dried fruits bears none of the stewed fruit found in many other southern Médoc wines. On the palate generous helpings of blackberries and cream, combine with elegant Margaux femininity to stunning effect. Made from 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this treasure of a wine surpasses the quality of their 2000 and offers excellent value too.
Bottle 12 x 75cl1cs
Magnum 6 x 150cl3cs
Bottle 12 x 75cl2cs
Imperial 1 x 600cl1cs
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)