Chateau Tour des Termes 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Château Tour des Termes is one of those special wines which from the very first taste, you know you will remember and want to come back to again soon. A magnificent nose of spices and smoky black fruit opens into a very well-structured, balanced wine, full of class, elegance and body.
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and focused, with a mouthwatering iron note driving the cassis, blackberry and raspberry fruit along. Floral and chalk hints hang in the background for now. Pure. Best from 2014 through 2022."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of red cherry, redcurrant and magnolia, plus nuances of wild herbs and smoke. Juicy, sweet and suave in the mouth, showing pure, penetrating red and dark berry flavors complemented but not overwhelmed by smoky oak and milk chocolate. The tannins and acids harmonize nicely on the persistent, clean, floral finish. A lovely, balanced midweight that many Bordeaux insiders prize for its excellent value. Jean-Luc Thunevin of Valandraud helps out here.Range: 87-90
Chateau Tour des Termes Winery
Chateau Tour des Termes is a third generation estate belonging to the Anney family. It is located in the heart of the St-Estephe appellation, near Medoc. The name derives from a medieval tower that overlooks the estate known as Les Termes. In 1939, Pierre Anney grouped together several parcels and built the chateau. His son, Jean, and grandson Christophe, took over the property in 1979. View all Chateau Tour des Termes Wines
About St. Estephe(saint ess-TEFF)
St.-Estèphe is the northernmost of the 4 communes hugging the Dordogne river in the Northern Haut-Médoc area of Bordeaux. While the appellation has no premier crus (first growths) of its own, it's southernmost chateau, Cos d'Estournel, is a highly acclaimed second growth, geographically separated from the famed Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac by only a stream. Many believe Cos d'Estournel consistently produces wine of a first growth level.
Notable FactsWine from St-Estèphe typically matures more slowly than its southern counterparts. The soil is heavy and rich with clay, leading to wines with firm, muscular tannins and high acidity. Dark and opaque in color, the wines can be a bit austere in their youth, though most get softer as they age. Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape in most of the region's blends, although Merlot is important in helping to soften the wines. In volume, St-Estèphe creates the most wines of the top four Haut-Médoc communes. There are quite a few Cru Bourgeois properties, which are more approachable when young and, even better, lower in price. To get a feel for St-Estèphe, look for Cru Bourgeois like Chateau Haut-Beauséjour.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.