Château du Tertre – classified as 5th growth back in 1855 – was long considered an underachiever. However, new owners came in and in 1999 things turned around.
Great nose of black currant, cedar tree, pencil shavings, tobacco and undergrowth; it is vegetal in the best sense. It’s color is very light red. 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot och 26% Cabernet Franc. Steven Brook wrote “concentrated but not massive”, and that truly sums this wine up. Very soft and elegant yet with evident backbone and structure, but still barely medium-bodied. This is a gentle and sophisticated wine. In my opinion, it has most of the characteristics I seek in a Bordeaux; subtle but not light-weight, concentrated but not massive; vegetal but not green. Strongly recommended unless you find beefy Aussie Shirazes to be your wine of choice. 92p.