2010 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1066904 91-93 points 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.  (1/ 2012)

91-92 points James Suckling

 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.  (4/ 2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/ 2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (3/ 2013)

90 points 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.  (2/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (11/ 2012)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2013  | Send Email
Tasted 3 times now. Out of barrel at Chateau: Muted nose, mineral and bright red fruit with vivid acidity and soft tannins. At Joanne's: Elegant nose of cassis. Rich mid-palate with mineral and more cassis. At UGC in bottle: Very lovely. Cassis, spice, roasted herbs textured layered spices and black fruit and vivid acidity.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
* Tasted three times. At UGC: Sweet red fruit flavors. Easy on the palate. At Joanne: Good on entry. Sweet fruit and some cinnamon. A good wine.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Margaux

- Margaux is the southern most of all of the appellations of the Haut Medoc. Located near St. Julien, it has more cru classe producers than the other four villages of the area. In addition to the legendary Chateau Margaux, there are five second-growths: Rauzan Gassies, Rauzan Seglas, Dufort-Vivens, Lascombes, and Brane Cantenac. While more people are probably familiar with the third growth Chateau Palmer, there are nine other wineries with the same ranking in addition to a trio of fourth growths and a pair of fifth growths. Because Margaux is comprised of five communes… Margaux, Cantenac, Soussans, Labardes and Arsac, the wines styles are diverse throughout the region with the more masculine tannic wines coming from the Cantenac side of the appellation. Because of a high percentage of Merlot planted in the region, many wines from Margaux are more round, feminine, and exotic that the other appellations of the Haut Medoc.