Appellation: Margaux, 1855 Bordeaux Wine Classification (Fifth Growth)
Tertre translates directly to knoll, a piece of high ground. Château du Tertre is situated atop the highest ground in the Margaux appellation. With trademark pebbly soil, Tertre comes under the stewardship of Philippe Gasqueton (of Château Calon-Ségur) and produces wines of considerable finesse. Considered by many as an underrated cru classé, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend has begun to take giant strides in the past 20 years.
"A tad oak-dominated at the moment, but if you can get beyond the barrel staves, there are the makings of a very smart 2009 here. The tannins are quite dense, the fruit is plump yet restrained and the acidity cleanses the palate and adds to its length. 10+ years." - Tim Atkin (91 points)