The last of my 01s and the best, this is an excellent example of Du Tertre. The 00 has greater depth and body, so will overhaul the 01 in the future, but for now this is actually drinking better. It has developed notes of red cherry on the nose and palate, but the most noticeable change is the elegance, much more pronounced than before. Of course this also denotes the start of the decline and there are faint signs of it already, but it should still remain excellent for another two or three years. Highly recommended.
A slightly reduced nose blew off with about 30 minutes of decanting and the wine was fully open and ready in little over an hour. Perfumed black fruit just beginning to acquire secondary nuances, and it presents as both rustic and elegant at the same time. Should evolve wonderfully from here. Our first of six--real happy to have more.
Tried one bottle to see if it was ready for a dinner party. Opened a bottle straight from the cellar and did not decant. Originally a bit disappointing with little depth and strong tannins. Once it came to room temperature it gained strength and depth and became very pleasant. Definitely ready to drink
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(Chateau du Tertre Margaux) A very good depth of colour here, and a slightly exotic, floral, rather nutty nose. Good weight on the palate, appealing depth of flavour, and with a very nicely proportioned structure. Creamy persistence on the finish. This has lovely style, and shows what an under-rated vintage this is. Looking back, I see I have rated this a little higher on this tasting.
(Chateau du Tertre Margaux) Good colour, and a lovely nose of dense, floral, macerated black fruit. A well rounded palate with ripe fruit and a firm, nicely poised tannic structure. Very attractively put together. Correct acidity. Very approachable, needs four to six years I think.
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