Drinking nicely, definitely benefits from some time in decanter. Rich on the nose with leather, tobacco and cedar. Big upfront tannins that are still heavy, with long finish. Lower fruit on the palate than expected, will likely come forward with age.
Showing better from bottle than from barrel (which makes sense, given that I seemed to be in a minority when judging it from barrel), the 2010 du Tertre has a nice dark plum/garnet color, a slightly more evolved style than most Margaux, hints of cedar, licorice, black olive and black currant fruit with some flowers and subtle smoky wood in the background. Medium to full-bodied, round, generous and ripe, the words “sexy” and “opulent” come to mind when smelling and tasting this beautiful Margaux. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.
Slightly more open than the 2010 Giscours on the nose, showing more floral notes and more fruit. Grippy tannins on the palate, spicy, fresh, long. maybe not quite as complex. Should be approachable soon. 91-92+
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(Château du Tertre) Opaque red violet color; tart red currant, menthol nose; tasty, tart red currant, menthol palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau du Tertre (Margaux)) The assemblage in this sample is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and a rather impressive 10% Petit Verdot. It is a wine with a really glossy, dark plum character. It has a lovely fruit presence on the nose, really sweet and appealing, although it is just polished fruit rather than anything perfumed. There is perhaps a hint of gravel on a second look. The style on the palate is rather bold and upright, the acidity really quite striking, the tannins a touch chewy, and although the fruit within it all has an appealing freshness it does struggle to get out somewhat. It is firm but not barn-door overdone. An attractive wine, but not one necessarily very representative of the commune.
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