du Tertre 2003


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Tasting Notes

Margaux was not one of the more favored appellations, although some top 2003s were made there. Du Tertre's fully mature 2003 displays chocolaty, herbal, fig and black currant notes, excellent density, elegance and freshness. However, it needs to be drunk up over the next several years. Drink 2014-2017

Score: 87Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (214), August 2014

This dark ruby/purple-colored, luscious, soft, already complex 2003 offers alluring notes of smoked herbs, black cherry jam, camphor, white chocolate, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, silky-textured, heady, and impossible to resist, it can be drunk now and over the next 12-14 years.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

This pure, rich, dense ruby/purple-hued 2003 offers sweet aromas of wood smoke, chocolate-covered black cherries, plums, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, seductive, and fleshy with low acidity as well as ripe tannin, it should drink well young yet age nicely for 12-15 years.

Readers should be taking a serious look at this estate as recent vintages have exhibited significant improvement. Du Tertre is a stylish, full-flavored, somewhat exotic Margaux with good aging potential. Moreover, it remains reasonably priced.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

A beautifully made Margaux, the 2003 Du Tertre is a credit to proprietor Eric Albada Jelgensma (also responsible for the resurrection of Giscours). A deep ruby/purple color accompanies the chocolatey, berry, smoke, new oak, and plum-scented bouquet. Fleshy, layered, medium-bodied, and seductive, this is undeniably a sleeper of the vintage. Moreover, it is generally fairly priced.

Score: 90/92Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (152), April 2004

Loads of cooked fruit with jammy, blackberry character. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Nicely done.

Score: 89/91James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 04), April 2004

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