Located at the edge of Margaux, and neighbouring those of Cantenac-Brown and Brane-Cantenac, Chateau Du Tertre’s 52 hectares of vineyards have remained unchanged since 1855. In 1997, Eric Albada Jelgersman, a Dutch businessman, bought the area and made significant investments in order to rejuvenate the estate. The average age of vines are 35 years old that are traditionally thinned, harvested by hand and then aged in oak barrels for about 15 to 18 months.
The wines tend to show more perfume and roundness than neighbour St-Julien, Pauillac, and St-Estèphe, whilst retaining a certain structure and concentration. Margaux is the most southerly and most extensive of the famous Médoc communes, a patchwork of vineyards with lesser parcels classed purely as Haut-Médoc. A myriad of soil mixtures can be found, clay, limestone, and gravel. Though quality is not always consistent here, the potential is great as more Margaux properties were included in the 1855 classification of the Médoc and Graves than any other appellation.
The two leading lights are the highly sought after Châteaux Margaux and Palmer, though there are several other solid performers including Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Durfort-Vivens, Lascombes, Giscours, Ferrières, Malescot St Exupery and Luc Thienpont’s new boutique vineyard, Clos des Quatre Vents.
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