Chateau du Terme Reviews (Fifth Growth Bordeaux)

Chateau du Terme Reviews

2017 Chateau du Terme Reviews

A blend of  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Solidly structured with new wood as well as black fruits, this wine will be powerful and ripe. It has fine tannins and ample black-plum flavors for suitable aging. Drink from 2023.

92 Points James Suckling

This is nicely done with currants, bright lemon and mineral character. Medium to full body, fine and silky tannins and a focused and vivid finish. Linear.

91 Points Wine Spectator

Bright and breezy in feel, with damson plum and bitter cherry fruit laced with light savory and thyme notes. Gently persistent acidity shows on the finish.

91 Points Decanter

This is a little softer in expression than the intense delivery of the past two vintages, but still has extremely well-expressed red and black fruits, layered together with grilled coffee and almond notes. It has silky tannins and an injection of juice through the mid-palate. Classic Margaux character.

91 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Medium garnet-purple colored and composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2017 du Tertre gives expressive notes of black berries and cassis with pencil lead, bay leaves and lavender hints. The palate is medium-bodied with a good core of open-knit fruit and plush tannins lifted with great freshness, finishing on a perfumed note.

2016 Chateau du Terme Reviews

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A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast

Made by the same team as Giscours, this is a fine wine. Its rich structure combines with acidity and dense, plummy fruit to give a wine that charms now but is sure to age well.

95 Points James Suckling

A dense and tight red with currants, blueberries and hints of walnuts. Changes from pure fruit and then back to wet earth. The purity in the cabernet, the linear tannins and the drive with acidity behind it makes it one of the best Tertres ever. Better than 2015?

93 Points Wine Spectator

Bright and engaging, with lots of bay, savory and tobacco notes out front, backed by lively plum, cherry and raspberry coulis flavors. The sleek, mineral-edged finish pulls the fruit and herb elements together. Distinctive.

92 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chateau Du Tertre is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 19 October. Estate manager Alexandre van Peek told me that this represents one of the highest levels of Cabernet Sauvignon in recent years. Matured in 35% new oak, it has a harmonious bouquet with pure blackberry, raspberry and mineral scents that are neat and well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, quite saline on the entry, understated at first, but gaining weight in the mouth and delivering a precise and minerally, classic Margaux finish. All it’s missing is the persistence on the finish. It just seems to rush out the exit door before you’ve really gotten to know it. Hopefully it will develop that side during barrel maturation.

92 Points Decanter

A beautifully smooth, silky Chateau du Tertre in 2016, with an emphasis on subtle spicing, full of subtle but unmistakably exotic black chocolate, white pepper and cloves. Elegant and slightly restrained with generously silky tannins, a lovely wine.

2015 Chateau du Terme Reviews

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot.

96 Points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection

This sister property to Château Giscours is firing on all cylinders with this wine. Rich, full of black-currant fruit and dark tannins, it is dense while also supple. It has excellent aging potential and should not be drunk before 2024.

93 Points Wine Spectator

Sandalwood, rooibos tea and warm raspberry aromas lead off, with silky and refined waves of cassis, blackberry preserves and black currant paste. Best from 2022 through 2035.

91 Points James Suckling

A very interesting wine with a great mix of savory, berry and delicate oak aromas. I love the balance of sweet fruit, fresh acidity and discreet tannins on the palate. That makes it very easy to enjoy right now, but it should hold through 2025 without any trouble.

90 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The 2015 Cjateau du Tertre is medium to deep garnet-purple in color with a nose of baked cherries, blackberries and dried herbs with a waft of potpourri and fallen leaves. The medium-bodied palate is delicately styled with perfumed red and black fruits supported by firm, grainy tannins and it finishes with a refreshing herbal lift.

90 Points Decanter

Fine briary fruit that is clear and well-structured with good density and nice lift on the finish. A classy wine.

2014 Chateau du Terme Reviews

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

A dense wine that is showing signs of heavy extraction, with dark chocolate and bitter flavors. In a vintage with crisp fruitiness being the defining factor, it is a bit of a shame. The dark edge needs to mellow before the wine can balance out.

2013 Chateau du Terme Reviews

88 Points Wine Enthusiast

This wine is solid and dense with probably too much extracted tannins. There are only hints of fruitiness. It will soften although it’s likely to remain stalky. This is the first vintage in which some of the vineyard was managed organically.

2012 Chateau du Terme Reviews

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2011 Chateau du Terme Reviews

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2010 Chateau du Terme Reviews

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.

92 Points James Suckling

Lots of blackberries and blueberries on the nose. Full body, with chewy tannins that are polished and ripe. Tar and mushroom undertones on the finish. Excellent Tertre. Try in 2018.

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.

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 Chateau 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.