2010 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 10% petit verdot; 3.24 pH; 13.5% alcohol): Deep, fully saturated purple-ruby. Enticing nose of cassis, minerals, ink and aromatic herbs. Bright, clean and pure, with fresh, inky flavors of blackcurrant, cocoa, violet and minerals. Finishes long, with youthfully chewy but noble tannins and a repeating blackcurrant note. One of the best du Tertres in memory, but although I like this wine's very pure cassis and mineral aromas and flavors, I much prefer the exotic and flamboyant 2009 du Tertre because of its old-vine cabernet franc-derived floral perfume.
This is velvety and very juicy with a blueberry, mineral and wet weather character that has hints of black truffles. Full and rich. Best du Tertre ever. Muscular. Not rustic like in the past. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.
Ripe, dense and smooth from wood aging, this is a modern view of Margaux. At the same time, it shows a beautiful black-currant flavor from the Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Petit Verdot adds great color.
A plush and flattering style, with beguiling toast wound around a smoldering core of warm plum confiture, dark cherry and currant fruit, and buried hints of charcoal and espresso. Displays a polished finish overall. A hint of warm paving stone lurks in the background. Best from 2014 through 2026.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
Can a wine smell elegant? This one does. Sweet yet fresh small dark-berried fruit. Remarkably silky even though there's depth and length still to unfurl. Tastes elegant too. 17/20 points.