2016 Marquis de Terme, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1299380 93-94 points James Suckling

 Full, dense and chewy yet with a subtle minerally character, plenty of elegant dark fruit and a savory finish. Long.  (4/2017)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Structured, and with fine juicy fruit, this is a ripe wine that is also firm. It has a sense of style to it, elegant and bright. This will be for the medium term, ready in 10 years. (RV)  (4/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Marquis-de-Terme has a nicely detailed bouquet, perhaps not as vigorous or as intense as the 2015 last year, but opening nicely with raspberry, blueberry and a touch of violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp and tightly-wound black fruit tinged with graphite, grippy towards the finish, which is concise if not prolonged. This has good potential. (NM)  (4/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Marquis de Terme offers tremendous up-front intensity and lushness. Some of that intensity tapers off a bit on the mid-palate and into the finish, but there is nevertheless plenty of depth. The darker side of Margaux emerges in a flavor profile redolent of black cherry, plum, lavender spice, licorice and sweet tobacco. This is an especially plush, dense style but it works, and nicely. Michel Rolland consults. (AG)  (4/2017)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and enticing, with lots of plum and black cherry compote flavors. Light anise and singed sandalwood hints show on the fleshy, open finish. (JM)  (4/2017)

92 points Decanter

 This is a good quality wine, well made, clean and confidently held together. Sumptuous black fruits abound, while you get the sense of the architecture of the year with the firm tannins and fresh acids. Marquis de Terme also follows the vintage trend in terms of yield at 47hl/ha, not suffering from a low crop despite the organic methods that are used across 60% of the estate (with no herbicides across the entire estate and extensive planting of trees and hedges among the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot). Wild yeast fermentation and long maceration of five weeks. (JA)  (4/2017)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2017 | Send Email
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This property is on a roll of late. Meaty, toasty oak and black licorice aromas. Very modern style-long and lingering on the palate.

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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 MĂ©doc 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.


- 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.


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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.