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2024 - 2039
Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Displaying a deep purple-black color, the 2020 du Tertre springs from the glass with pronounced blackcurrant pastilles, black cherry preserves and blueberry pie scents, with an undercurrent of dried Mediterranean herbs, pencil shavings, tar and black olives. The medium-bodied palate offers compelling freshness with a soft, approachable texture and plenty of juicy black fruits, finishing with invigorating herbal notes.
Blackberry, graphite and blueberry character. It’s full-bodied, layered and chewy with fine-grained tannins and a punchy finish.
Full bottle 1,351 g. Cask sample taken 6 April. 27% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. Average vine age 45 years. The smallest production since 1991, according to the château's tech sheet. 40% new oak.
Deepest purple crimson. Lots of black fruit with a very slight herbal note and a nice touch of stone dust. A little bit sinewy on the palate but elegant in its restraint, dry texture, and the tannins are layered and fine. Long finish. Embryonic but that's hardly surprising for an unfinished wine. Long, fine-boned. (JH)
The 2020 du Tertre is bold and punchy, with an enticing mix of inky dark fruit and more savory, earthy tones. All the elements are so nicely integrated. The tannins are a bit burly, as is often the case, and yet the 2020 appears to have enough fruit to provide at least some balance. Scorched earth, licorice, tobacco and game linger on the potent finish.
Following the initial shot of espresso you find flowers, wet earth, forest floor and dark red fruits. Medium/full-bodied, fresh and juicy, with a spicy edge to the creamy soft, sweet fruits in the finish. 90-92
The 2020 Château Du Tertre is fresh and lively, with pretty red and blue fruits as well as lots of sappy herbal and floral nuances. It’s nicely balanced and concentrated on the palate, with ripe tannins, a solid spine of acidity, and beautiful overall balance. The Margaux appellation was one of the more challenging places in the Médoc in 2020, but this looks to be terrific.