2012 Marquis de Terme, Margaux

SKU #1262071 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 One of the wines that showed great promise in 2012, this is deliciously rich, with all the elegance of Margaux and that extra firm tannic background. Blackberry and juicy red fruits balance well with the structure. Drink from 2019. (RV)  (9/2015)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Very pretty fruit here with blueberries and wet earth. Full body, with velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Pretty acidity too.  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Well-focused, with an alder frame harnessing the core of crushed plum, currant preserves and raspberry coulis. Hints of bay leaf and tobacco line the fleshy finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 6,625 cases made. (JM)  (3/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A soft, fruit-forward style of wine from Marquis de Terme, this blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, with an important percentage of Merlot, but also some Petit Verdot. It has a dense ruby/purple color, medium to full body, and notes of licorice, graphite, and blue and red fruits. Drink it over the next 15+ years. (RP)  (4/2015)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2016 | Send Email
Yet another gorgeous wine from the 2012 vintage that really puts into perspective just how under-priced these wines are compared to years like 2009 and 2010. This wine is dark and fleshy with loads of cassis fruit and lightly gritty tannins that provide just enough structure for a quick five year cellar run. It's a pretty wine, one that expands for minutes on the finish. To drink Margaux in any vintage for forty bucks is nice. To drink one this good from a beautiful vintage like 2012 is wonderful. This is Bordeaux you can afford and one that delivers on every level.

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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.


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- 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.