Dark garnet colour with the floral nose of Margeaux. Medium-full body with plumbs, espresso,and dark chocolate. Tannins are grippy, but there is balance here. Finish is a good length, and keeps you thinking.
This wine should hit its stride with a bit more bottle age.
Soft and supple black cherry with floral overtones and notes of licorice, tar, and incense. I think the wine is drinking well now and would not expect it to improve much if at all. I do not think that it is tight; I don't discern any unexpressed weight. The tannins are hardly noticeable and there is relatively low acidity. 90.
Two days later (half-empty bottle vacu-vin'ed). The tar is even more pronounced. I now notice menthol/eucalyptus notes and a black-tea finish with soft tannins. I really like this wine. 91.
Bordeaux Confidential USA, nose of Sumatra Coffee, plum, fig, mocha, more of the same on the palate, medium/big body, very tasty today, needs two years to improve and maybe merit two more points, long, long, flavorful finish.
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(Château du Tertre) Dark red violet color; tart currant, olive nose; olive, herbaceous, tart currant palate; for early drinking; medium finish (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot)
(Chateau du Tertre Margaux) Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Petit Verdot 8%. Restrained use of Merlot and plenty of Petit Verdot here. Bright and vibrant and creamy fruit here, dark but also very pure. There is a lovely flesh to the palate, with creamy and well integrated tannins. The fruit does have a slightly lush character, perfumed with violets, but underneath there is a ripe and firm backbone of tannin combined with good acidity. Really good potential here from the Giscours-du Tertre stable.
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