Chateau du Tertre (Futures Pre-Sale) 2020
This vintage is one of the smallest in production since 1991. The first tastings carried out reveal an exceptional vintage. The Merlot is incredibly fruity and fleshy and are the best Merlots ever made on the property. The Cabernet Franc is powerful with tight tannins. The Petit Verdot is concentrated, with a good quality of black fruits, the structure is silky and dense. As for the Cabernet Sauvignon, the elegance of the fruit complements by the tannic structure and achieves the perfect balance. The blends reveal a magnificent Chateau du Tetre 2020 with a beautiful density.
Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Barrel Sample: 95-97
Barrel Sample: 93
Barrel Sample: 91-93+
A tight, linear red with fine tannins, medium body and a medium finish. A little warm at the end.. Barrel Sample: 89-90
Silky, seductive and polished are the words that characterize the best wines from Margaux, the most inland appellation of the Médoc on the Left Bank of Bordeaux.
Margaux’s gravel soils are the thinnest of the Médoc, making them most penetrable by vine roots—some reaching down over 23 feet for water. The best sites are said to be on gentle outcrops, or croupes, where more gravel facilitates good drainage.
The Left Bank of Bordeaux subscribes to an arguably outdated method of classification but it is nonetheless important in regards to history of the area. In 1855 the finest chateaux were deemed on the basis of reputation and trading price—at that time. In 1855, Chateau Margaux achieved first growth status, yet it has been Chateau Palmer (officially third growth from the 1855 classification) that has consistently outperformed others throughout the 20th century.
Chateau Margaux in top vintages is capable of producing red Cabernet Sauvignon based wines described as pure, intense, spell-binding, refined and profound with flavors and aromas of black currant, violets, roses, orange peel, black tea and incense.
Other top producers worthy of noting include Chateau Rauzan-Ségla, Lascombes, Brane-Cantenac, and d’Issan, among others.
The best wines of Margaux combine a deep ruby color with a polished structure, concentration and an unrivaled elegance.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.