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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 88 
ProducerChâteau du Tertre (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2015 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See du Tertre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 22 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by OW_SOSPEL on 10/12/2014 & rated 82 points: Belle couleur grenat tuilée. Assez lourd. Larmes moyennes. Semble un peu clair.
Joli nez composé de fruits frais (groseilles maquereau et cerises), de violette et d'épices (poivre) sur un fond de bois bien intégré.
Attaque très douce qui laisse apparaître rapidement un fruit abondant (cassis, cerise et fraise). Mélange de fruits complexe et très intéressant mais un vin qui manque malheureusement cruellement de matière ce qui endommage la structure.
Absolument pas désagréable à boire, mais ne peut prétendre au rang de 5ième cru dans ce millésime. Meilleur avec 1.5 h de carafage. (730 views)
 Tasted by GAET on 12/29/2012 & rated 92 points: En accompagnement d'une gigue de chevreuil sauce grand veneur.

Belle robe avec une légère trace d'évolution, de belles larmes s'écoule le long du verre
nez sur le tabac blond, le cèdre
bouche longue et fine avec de la matière
Très belle bouteille (1113 views)
 Tasted by Marco357 on 6/20/2012 & rated 91 points: an excellent wine- Tertre never disappoints-excellent quality for price even nowadays - still fresh, elegant tanin and still good acidity balance -typical margaux , dark fruit can be kept few more years (3350 views)
 Tasted by Julian Marshall on 1/30/2012: Just starting to wane slightly, but still close to top form, this has acquired good Margaux typicity, whereas in its youth it was a bit too fruity and facile. Elegant, sweet, but with good persistence: very satisfying (3575 views)
 Tasted by Phil Hill on 1/17/2011 & rated 94 points: Very nice nose, tobacco, great tannins (3964 views)
 Tasted by sahlsmith on 9/21/2010 & rated 91 points: Tasted at the winery with a cheese course (protein helps, but this wine doesn't need it); it has come into it's own. Brownish color, dark fruit with a heavy terrior Bordeaux nose. Good structure with ample round tannins. The mid-palate showed strong black fruit and the finish has enough spice to keep the palate interested in the next sip. (3781 views)
 Tasted by jkoenen on 2/5/2010 & rated 92 points: Tour de Bordeaux; Next stop: Margaux @ David's (Netherlands): Again some browning in the colour. In the bouquet I perceive the luxurious odors of a stud farm and saddle leather. Honorable, stylish and masculine. Complex hints of fresh compost, ground coffee and black cherries. Tannines are perfectly integrated, soft as silk and in complete harmony. Authentic and honest, a wonderful wine, drinking at its prime. 18/20 (2692 views)
 Tasted by gutt22 on 10/17/2009: 13.0% alcohol. Opened three hours before serving. Deep red color with no signs of bricking at the edge of the glass. Classic nose of black currant, cigar box, spice, and pencil lead. Lovely and inviting bouquet. In the mouth, caresses the palate with a panoply of lovely fruit flavors and waves of complexity, led by the leafy tobacco notes and rich earth. Gentle acidity and a long, delicious finish. This is just terrific and enjoyable. Drinking beautifully now. A- (2481 views)
 Tasted by Roel van Gestel on 1/16/2009 & rated 90 points: We loved the '98 some time ago and this was almost as good. A little less 'meat', but with loads of creamy red fruit (raspberry, cherry) and floral tones. Both nose and palate were in line and showed great balance and elegance. Superb acidity and length, wit a certain 'dark' (earthy) side that kept the tension and made the wine interesting to follow throughout the evening. Beautiful!
90-91/100 (2792 views)
 Tasted by davergny on 1/14/2008 & rated 87 points: Interesting nose of butterscotch and camphor. Medium bodied, some intensity, strawberries, short on length & finish. OK wine, much different than the '98, which was better. (3012 views)
 Tasted by Madidus on 1/3/2008 & rated 88 points: Deep undertones of blackcurrant with coal, earth and smoke. Overtones of bitter herbs follow through to lightweight, underpowered and herbal finish. Not unpleasant, and generally good balance overall. (2973 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 1/2/2007 & rated 88 points: Blackcurrant fruit, some cigarbox and earth after a while. Tannins are already resolved, drinking well and doubtful
it'll get better. More of a workhorse claret than a hampionship steed, but good for what it is (3322 views)
 Tasted by hcampana on 10/24/2006 & rated 87 points: A trip to Bordeaux's Right Bank (Very long); 10/22/2006-10/30/2006 (Bordeaux, France): Had this at the Lion d'Or in Arcins. A gentleman in the next table ordered the stinkiest (attractive!) dish I'd smelled in my life: Hare slow cooked in a reduction of its own blood. Thie picked my interest so much that I ordered a very similar dish in Paris the following week.

This is a simple, eleganttly textured, pleasant, very good wine to accompany food. It is not a blockbuster by any means. (5251 views)
 Tasted by otisabdul on 10/2/2006 & rated 85 points: Purchased off the wine list at the Basel Hilton for CHF 98.00. Color was age-appropriate, dark ruby with clear rims. Nose was filled with wheat grass, milkweed, and tobacco notes. Seemed more like a Pomerol on first sniff. Decent blackcurrant fruit on the mid-palate. Polished and reserved, with some herbal overtones. Finished decently, but without much resolve. Probably should be consumed by 2010. (3527 views)
 Tasted by caldwell on 2/1/2006: Really tasty wine - just a perfect little bottle of Bordeaux. Will age for several more years - opened up for a couple of hours in the glass and still hand't peaked by the time it had disappeared. (2775 views)
 Tasted by caldwell on 9/1/2004: Nice bottle, though not the quality of the Carruades the night before. The taste was softer, more feminine, perhaps, than the Carruades. I thought that the Carruades was delicious through and through - this was pleasant wine that would work well with fo (2828 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 5/15/2004 & rated 91 points: Académie des Cinquante Du Tertre / Giscours Tasting (Hostellerie van Gaalen, Heeze, the Netherlands): Wonderful soft and ripe fruit, full-on toasty oak; broad and ripe flavours, creamy. Very attractive, very presentable. (666 views)

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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/1/2004)
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Château du Tertre

Producer website - Read more about Chateau du Tertre

Château du Tertre

Chateau du Tertre is a 52-acre estate in Margaux. Though it traces its history back nearly a thousand years, the estate became famous in the mid-19th century when the 1855 Bordeaux classification established the estate as a Margaux Grand Cru Classe.
In 1997 it was bought by Eric Albada Jelgersma, a Dutch businessman. Robert M. Parker Jr. has noted that Jelgersma “is doing a splendid job rebuilding this estate and producing wines of higher and higher quality…du Tertre is a stylish, full-flavored, somewhat exotic Margaux…”

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Bordeaux Wine Guide

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History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more about Margaux and its wines As with a large part of the Bordeaux vineyards, vines first appeared in Margaux during the Gallo-Roman period.
In 1705 a text mentions Château Margaux . But we have to wait for the end of the eighteenth century and the coming of the earliest techniques in aging for the concept of wines of high quality to develop. The confirmation of this was the famous 1855 classification which recognized 21 Crus Classés in the Margaux appellation. One hundred years later, the Viticultural Federation and the Margaux appellation of controlled origin were born. The appellation, which stretches out over five communes, is actually unique in the Médoc in that it is the only one to contain all the range of wines, as rich as they are vast, from First Great Cru Classé to the Fifths, not forgetting its famous Crus Bourgeois and its Crus Artisans.

In Margaux there is a predominance of Garonne gravel on a central plateau of about 4 miles in length and one and a quarter wide. To the east-south-east, it overlooks the low lying land by the estuary. Its east side is marked by gentle, dry valleys and a succession of ridges.The layer of gravel in Margaux was spread out by a former Garonne in the early Quaternary. Rather large in size, it is mingled with shingle of average dimension and represents the finest ensemble of Günz gravel in the Haut-Médoc. It is on this ancient layer on a Tertiary terrace of limestone or clayey marl that the best Médoc crus lie. All the conditions for successful wine are present : a large amount of gravel and pebbles, poor soil which cannot retain water and deep rooted vines.

It is customary to say that Margaux wines are the "most feminine" in the Médoc, thus stressing their delicacy, suppleness and their fruity, elegant aromas. This does not affect their great propensity for aging; just the opposite, for the relatively thin terroir imparts tannins which give them long life. The other characteristic of these wines which combine an elegant vitality, subtlety and consistency, is their diversity and personality. Over and above the flavour which is their "common denominator", they present an exceptional palette of bouquets, fruity flavours which show up differently from one château to another.

Production conditions (Decree dated August 10 1954)
In order to have the right to the Margaux appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:

- come from the commune of Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Arsac and Labarde, "excluding the land which by the nature of its soil or because of its situation, is unfit to produce wine of this appellation".
- satisfy precise production conditions: grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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