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 Vintage1985 Label 1 of 91 
ProducerChâteau du Tertre (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 1995 and 2012 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See du Tertre on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.9 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pavel_p on 11/15/2013 & rated 90 points: PnP and drank over 3h. Not the very best bottle with a very top shoulder fill and a completely soaked cork. Color however looks young with a fairly dark garnet. Only slight browning at the rim. Sous bois and dark fruit on the nose. On the palate there is still nice juicy fruit and earth but also plenty of oak that has turned into cedar. Fine tannins. This cedar is masking a lot of the action on the palate and also dominates the finish.
While this is a very solid effort from an inexpensive Grand Cru Classe at age 28, and will no doubt still last for several years, it tastes more St. Julien than Margaux in my eyes, and just like say the (of course much better) Talbot 85 it's simply not a style I love. (2354 views)
 Tasted by meqoubal36 on 7/13/2013 & rated 92 points: Très beau vin. Margaux épanoui et classique. Merveille. (1967 views)
 Tasted by wine-strategies on 2/9/2013: PnP at CT offline, served side-by-side with the 2000. Smoking good, and in a really solid place at the moment. I preferred this over the 2000, but that's because it's in its zone; the 2000 won't be there for another decade, at least. Still fairly bright, really well composed, with captivating tertiary aromas and flavors, and undeniably Bordeaux. Brilliant, and recommended. Purchased on release (said the owner) and stored perfectly (the cork was remarkable, as was the color), this really made a case for proper storage for any newbies at the tasting that are just starting to collect. (2645 views)
 Tasted by Doublebass on 5/12/2009 & rated 90 points: Very nice with braised lamb shanks (3793 views)
 Tasted by grossie on 7/12/2008: Forgot to write a note, but I recall it as being quite a nice example of a mature margaux wine. surprisingly alive and balanced. (3661 views)
 Tasted by curtispomeroy on 1/6/2008 & rated 88 points: Still holding up well. Had a slight sour cherry finish that I did care for but the wife liked. Had softened by day two. (2890 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/3/2007 & rated 91 points: Beautiful. Deep mature cassis fruit up on opening. Held up very well in the glas over several hours showing scents of cinnamon and pencil shavings together with floral and earthy perfume. Silky mouthfeel with fully dissolved tannins. Compared convincingly with the 2000. (2955 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 8/9/2002: Tasted blind (bottle from personal cellar) at Vintage Wines, Ltd. with usual Friday group. Corked. (2268 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 11/7/2000 & rated 90 points: Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Still tastes very young, good structure, well-made. (1768 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 4/27/1993 & rated 88 points: Christie's Pre-Sale Tasting (Amsterdam): Elegant, supple, juicy, nice weight. (1717 views)

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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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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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