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Du Tedrtre 2012 , Margaux 4th

Deep ruby coloured; medium rim. Suppressed dark fruit(blackberries) and red fruit(plums, cherries and strawberries). The 43% Cabernet Sauvignon gives a structure with the right acidities. Yet, its open and easy-drinking nature from the high proportion of 20% Cabernet Franc offers an intriguing combination of fruity, vegetal, graphite, liquorice and earthy flavours. We like the 2012 vintage, which is a fruity and easy vintage. Starts drinking. You either like it or don't like it, though.

The word Du Tertre means 'of the soil' on top of Arsac and the gravelly site of the commune. The site is excellent; 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 still shy. Although not a super complex Margaux, the style is easy to understand. The Giscours team made it. The scores are high, such as RP91 and Smedley 92.

Parker wrote that this 125-acre vineyard is beautifully situated in the southern sector of the Margaux appellation. Dense ruby/purple with sweet cassis fruit, Du Tertre's 2012 has an aromatic, elegant, lush, velvety-textured mouthfeel and impressive purity and depth. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. He said the wine-drinking window is long, with ten more years to go.

MW D Smedley said the sensory experience of Du Tertre 2012 is a journey through ripe, very black fruit. The nose is filled with cassis richness, backed by the depth of black cherry and a hint of liquorice and dark chocolate. The ripe and sweet tannins create a velvety texture on the back palate, with the long finish leaving a lingering taste of cassis. This wine invites you to savour each sip, promising a rich and complex experience. He was of the view that there were still five years to go.


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