Chateau Du Tertre 2014, Margaux 5th

Deep ruby coloured. Suppressed dark fruit(blackberries) and red fruit(plums, cherries and strawberries). The 43% Cabernet Sauvignon gives a structure with the right acidities. Yet, its easy-drinking nature from the high proportion of 20% of Cabernet Franc offers an intriguing combination of fruity, vegetal, graphite, liquorice and earthy flavours. Starts drinking. Sort of either you like it or don't like it, maybe.

The word Du Tertre means 'of the soil'. On top of Arsac and gravelly site of the commune. The site is cool; fruit quality is fine with the gravity method. Partial oak fermentation: There is always some weight and creaminess on the finish. There is 50% new oak; hence the nose is slightly shy. Although not a super complex Margaux, the style is easy to understand. The Giscours team made it. The scores are high.

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Made by the same team as Château Giscours, this estate continues to impress with its quality. The wine is certainly structured but it also has lush layers of ripe fruit. Blueberry and black-currant fruitiness gives the wine richness and potential. Drink from 2023. (RV) Inner quote mark (2/2017)

93 points James Suckling

A little bit shy on the nose, but the balance of good concentration and powdery tannins creates a creamy impression that extends through the long finish — one that’s already smooth enough to give a lot of pleasure. Try drinking in 2020. (2/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Château du Tertre 2014 is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot picked from 26 September until 16 October. It has a slightly more opulent nose than the Giscours at the moment with red plum and crushed strawberry fruit, a slight gravel accent coming through with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity and more weight than the Giscours. It feels harmonious and fleshly, lightly spiced with a long tender finish. Alexandre van Beek has overseen a very commendable Margaux for the vintage and it should drink well over the next 15 to 20 years. (NM) (4/2015)

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