2004 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

2004 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

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2004 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

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I tasted the 2004 vintage of this wine recently, and it was exquisite. The wine still has plenty of black fruit, pure, floral notes, and a baked damson and chocolate character. The tannins are smooth and velvety—a perfect wine for hard cheeses and smoky, grilled vegetable dishes.

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Barbara Drew MW, Content Officer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2023)

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Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20

Coffee and liquorice dominate the nose at the moment, and there’s a similar dark concentration in the mouth, but the tannins are fine and fluid, giving elegance and real finesse to the long sweet-fruited finish. Oak is still quite toasty at the very end.

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Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com

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Wine Advocate90-92/100

The words sexy, seductive, and opulent do not characterize most wines of the 2004 Bordeaux vintage. However, they do describe Du Tertres offering, an exotic, nearly flamboyant wine that seduces the taster with its forward display of earthy, herb-tinged cassis and black cherry fruit, round, soft, lush palate, and concentrated, fleshy finish. Even the barrel sample could have been drunk with great pleasure.

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Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate

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About this WINE

Château du Tertre

Château du Tertre

Château du Tertre in Margaux can trace its history back to the 12th century. The estate has 50 hectares of vineyards, neighbouring Cantenac-Brown and Brane-Cantenac to the north and Giscours to the east. In 2021, the estate was sold by the Albada Jelgersma family to a French institutional investor; it is run by the Helfrich family of Les Grands Chais de France.

It is situated on one of the highest hills in the Margaux commune, where its name comes from (Tertre means knoll).

The vineyard has a relatively high percentage of Cabernet Franc for this part of Bordeaux, though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the plantings, supported by Merlot and a little Petit Verdot.

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Margaux

Margaux

If Pauillac can be seen as the bastion of ‘traditional’ Red Bordeaux, then Margaux represents its other facet in producing wines that are among Bordeaux’s most sensual and alluring. It is the largest commune in the Médoc, encompassing the communes of Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labaude, in addition to Margaux itself. Located in the centre of the Haut-Médoc, Margaux is the closest of the important communes to the city of Bordeaux.

The soils in Margaux are the lightest and most gravelly of the Médoc, with some also containing a high percentage of sand. Vineyards located in Cantenac and Margaux make up the core of the appelation with the best vineyard sites being located on well-drained slopes, whose lighter soils give Margaux its deft touch and silky perfumes. Further away from the water, there is a greater clay content and the wines are less dramatically perfumed.

Margaux is the most diffuse of all the Médoc appelations with a reputation for scaling the heights with irreproachable wines such as Ch. Margaux and Ch. Palmer, but also plumbing the depths, with too many other châteaux not fulfilling their potential. There has been an upward shift in recent years, but the appellation cannot yet boast the reliability of St Julien. However, the finest Margaux are exquisitely perfumed and models of refinement and subtlety which have few parallels in Bordeaux.

Recommended Châteaux: Ch. Margaux, Ch. Palmer, Ch. Brane-Cantenac, Ch. Rauzan-Ségla , Ch. Dufort-Vivens, Ch. Ferrière, Ch. du Tertre, Ch. Giscours, Ch. d'Angludet.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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