Chateau Marquis de Terme, according to the diaries of Thomas Jefferson, was on his list of the 16 of greatest wines he had ever tasted. 2016 is a can't miss vintage in Bordeaux with many critics drawing comparisons to the exceptional 2010 vintage. 2016 in Margaux received a vintage rating of 97 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
The story of Marquis de Terme begins in 1762, when Mademoiselle Ledoux d'Emplet married François de Peguilhan Marquis de Terme, giving her the estate that would come to bear her name as a dowry. Included in the Medoc Classification of 1855, Chateau Marquis de Terme was classified as a Fourth Great Growth.Located half a milefrom Chateau Margaux which retails for $900 a bottle,the Grand Vin from Chateaux Marquis de Terme is an exceptional valueand a can't miss for any Bordeaux enthusiast.
Ideally located in the heart of the Margaux appellation with heavy influences from both the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay, and protected by coastal pine forests from the harsh winds creates the perfect growing conditions for their vines. Organic farming was started on a small parcel of vines with their first organic wine being the 2013 vintage. Now farming all vineyards organically and achieving organic certification in 2017.
Aging: 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new. Vine age 35 years.
Tasting Notes:Red Wine. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon - 33% Merlot - 7% Petit Verdot. Lucious black fruit emerges on the nose, with spiced notes with tobacco and licorice. Firm tannins and a velvet texture.
The 2016 Marquis de Terme is a deep, luscious wine, just as it was at en primeur. Dark red cherry, spice, tobacco, licorice and floral notes fill out the wine's layered frame effortlessly. Plush, forward and racy, the 2016 offers quite a bit of immediacy and overall appeal. ~93 Vinous
This is a good quality wine, well made, clean and confidently held together. Sumptuous black fruits abound, while you get the sense of the architecture of the year with the firm tannins and fresh acids. Marquis de Terme also follows the vintage trend in terms of yield at 47hl/ha, not suffering from a low crop despite the organic methods that are used across 60% of the estate (with no herbicides across the entire estate and extensive planting of trees and hedges among the 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot). Wild yeast fermentation and long maceration of five weeks. Drinking Window 2027 - 2045 ~92 Decanter
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2016 Marquis de Terme is earthy with damp soil and forest floor over a core of black and red currants, tobacco and bay leaves plus a waft of garrigue. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and softly textured with juicy fruit. ~92 Wine Advocate
This relatively little-known estate is now performing well. In this vintage the wine has gained weight as well as blackberry fruits and rich tannins. Its balance is already there and the wine should develop to be drunk by 2023 ~92 Wine Enthusiast
Warm in feel, with dark plum, cassis and cherry compote flavors forming the core. Generally open in feel, with light cocoa, tobacco and alder notes adding spine and texture to offset the tasty fruit. Best from 2021 through 2031 ~90 Wine Spectator
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