du Tertre 2018


This 52 hectare Margaux classed growth has the same owner and wine making team as Chateau Giscours. It is planted with 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.


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Tasting Notes

Deep ruby colour with a floral, fresh nose of red fruits and crunchy black cherries. The palate is elegant and fresh, with violets, blackcurrant leaf and crunchy medocain tannin. Sweet cinnamon and clove come through from the oak to bolster the fruit, leaving an elegant and lifted finish.

Score: 15+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019

The 2018 du Tertre was picked starting September 17 and finishing around October 12, and matured in 50% new oak, including recently introduced foudres, for around 14 months. It has a clean, precise, quite floral bouquet of black fruit infused with hints of lavender and iris flower; there is fine cohesion here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, the Merlot really lending flesh and roundness to the texture, and a fine bead of acidity. Touches of brown spice appear toward the fresh, engaging finish. This is a very pleasurable du Tertre in the making and I suspect it should drink well after just four or five years. 2022 - 2045

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 du Tertre is a little reduced to begin, opening out to notions of baked plums, warm cassis and dried mulberries with hints of tar, chargrill and black pepper plus a waft of bouquet garni. Full-bodied with a firm, chewy frame, it has a good amount of baked berries and herbal flavors with a sage-laced finish.

Score: 89/91Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019

A tight and precise du Tertre with deep and dark fruit, as well as fresh flowers. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a clean and beautiful finish. The tannins are folding into the wine here.

Score: 94/95James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019

The 2018 du Tertre is dense and powerful. Scorched earth, game, tobacco, licorice and incense give the 2018 its decidedly feral, pungent character. The 2018 seems quite marked by the radiant intensity of Merlot in its fruit and Petit Verdot in its savory overtones. The blend is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot.

Score: 89/92Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019

30% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot. 50% of the crop went into the grand vin – less than usual. 50% new oak. Barrel sample.
Darker and more savoury than the Sirène de Giscours, tasted alongside, with a fine note of crushed rocks. Really pure, delicately floral, smells – and tastes – elegant. Fine texture, dry tannic finesse. Unusually pretty in this vintage. Lots of freshness through to the finish. Already showing real refinement when many wines are too concentrated to show their likely future. (JH) 13.9%
Drink 2024-2032

Score: 17Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019

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