2012 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

2012 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

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2012 Château du Tertre, Margaux, Bordeaux

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Rich, ripe, fresh red fruits abound in this utter gem of a wine and it is the lively and expressive Cabernet Franc that gives Ch. du Tertre its charm. I've just finished a case of my 2001 and am tucking into my 2002, which is drinking so well now. 2012 will be better than these two delightful vintages and hints are that it will be exceptional value this year too. I wouldn't bother with Magnums or other larger formats, just add a few cases of bottles to be enjoyed in 3 or 4 years. Scrumptious!
Simon Staples, Asia Sales Director

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Wine Advocate91/100
This 125-acre vineyard is beautifully situated in the southern sector of the appellation of Margaux. Dense ruby/purple, with sweet cassis fruit, Du Tertres 2012 has a perfumed, elegant, lush, velvety-textured mouthfeel and impressive purity and depth. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 30/04/2015 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16/20
Crimson at the rim. Smells of blackcurrant gums. Slightly loose and slack – without real tension. Cool and well behaved but not exactly dramatic or attention-grabbing.
Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com, 22 April 2013 Read more
Wine Spectator89-92/100
Fresh, with punch to the red currant and damson plum fruit, backed by a sleek, modestly toasted finish. A touch shy on depth overall, but well-rendered.
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, April 8 2013 Read more
Robert Parker88-90/100
Owned by the proprietors of Giscours, the 2012 Du Tertre is marginally richer and more textured than that cuvee. It exhibits a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of licorice, charcoal, red and black currants, forest floor and background oak. Medium-bodied, well-made and pure with soft tannins and low acidity, it can be drunk over the next 10-12 years.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 2013 Read more
Good, slightly briary/earthy fruit, quite rich and supple, firm tannins already blending in. Read more

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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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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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