Château du Tertre Margaux 2016
Du Tertre belongs to the same owner as Chateau Giscours. The general director is also Alexander van Beek. Du Tertre is very different from Giscours. Giscours is this ultra classic. This mature Cabernet, which is now the first pursuer of Margaux and Palmer, but both are very different in style. Du Tertre is actually in the upper middle of the appellation and has had the huge advantage of being so incredibly delicious for many years. There is nothing rustic here. It is always a delicacy. The estate belongs to Giscours Eric Albada Jelgersma and has 50 hectares. Classic gravel floor. 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. 45% new barrique. Of course hand picking and then spontaneous fermentation. Du Tertre is at the highest point of the Margaux appellation. In addition to Monbrison. But not warm fullness like Monbrison but stylish eroticism. The location on the forest is certainly a reason for the delicacy. It's a little cooler here. The wines are always delicious and fresh. Alcohol is 13.5% lower in 2016 than in 2015. A very moderate value for such a mature vintage. The nose shows how awesome it is to have two wineries in Margaux, both of which are so different in character. Du Tertre's nose, although dominated by Cabernet, is clearly shaped by the Merlot. The Cabernet Franc also plays something with its crushed raspberry. But the Merlot with ripe plum and black cherry is certainly the most intense part. Including a little sea buckthorn, Provence herbs, licorice and rose petals. Finely woven, aromatic. The mouth is both. On the one hand, amazingly classic. Unlike the nose, the Cabernet dominates. We have ripe, very ripe black currant, but without sweetness. Blackberry, black cherry, and again the crushed raspberry. Only then does the very ripe plum come from Merlot. But the cassis cherry note dominates. The wine has fine vibrations. It is not as white as dramatic and as dense as Giscours, but fine, sublime, polished. A chic Margaux who has incredibly sympathetic mouth access. The delicate and delicious is already at this young stage. That reverberates with a very fine trace of salt on the tongue for up to two minutes. And which is not yet as massive as Giscours. This is an extremely drinkable, extremely delicious Du Tertre, even if it was more engaging in 2015 with a good half percent more alcohol, more sweetness. For this, the 2016 Du Tertre has a somewhat more classic approach and will surely bring a decade or two longer lifespan. Perfect top midfield. And in the price range in Margaux an extreme reason to buy, maybe even more than in 2015.