2011 du Tertre, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)
This is really well done with soft tannins and berry, cherry and chocolate character. Full body, with round tannins. This year has more Cabernet Franc with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot.
Smooth and supple, this wine is full of ripe, generous fruit and acidity. It’s framed with firm tannins, however, that lend structure to a palate that has weight and a luscious feel. Drink from 2018.
Modern style, with bolder plum, cassis and raspberry fruit flavors laced with roasted balsam wood and black tea. Nicely polished on the finish.
*HIGHLY RECOMMENDED* Well-concentrated blackcurrant fruit, quite rich and slightly earthy, fine clarity of expression and the vigourous fruit will show well. Drink 2015-2025.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot is somewhat closed, with high acidity and noticeable austerity. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine exhibits notes of damp earth, tobacco leaf, sweet and sour cherries and loamy soil undertones. Drink it over the next decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby purple. Fragrant black fruit cocktail aromas are complicated by smoke and minerals. Suave, sweet and juicy on the palate, with red and black fruit flavors lifted by bright acidity. Finishes tannic, but less so than many other Margaux.
* 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Red berry aromas, creamy texture on the palate. Fine balance. Very nice. Trey: Lots of berry fruits, red currants and spicy edges. Slightly herbal but overall a good effort.