Les Hauts du Tertre 2016
With its history dating back to 1143, the estate was originally known as Tertre d'Arsac because it was a large hill in Arsac. There has been many owners spanning the thousand year history of the estate but one of the more notable is Pierre Mitchell. He was a glass blower and in the 1700, some of Chateau Du Tertre was estate bottled thanks to his ability to make glass bottles. This is hundreds of years before other wineries started estate bottling. There was another long string of owners without anything important to note. In 1961 Philippe Gasqueton purchased the estate. He was the owner of Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe. He replanted the estate and modernized the wine making facilities. Upon his death in 1995. his widow sold the estate to Eric and Louise Jelgersma who own Chateau Giscours. The 2 properties are separated by a small stream.
The vineyard area extends approximately 50 hectares consisting of the grape varieties of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with vines averaging about 35 years
The Hauts du Tertre is the second wine of Chateau du Tertre. It is a selection of younger vines from the property; between 15 and 25 years old. About 55% of the wine is aged in 1 use oak barrel and the remained in new oak barrels.
A beautifully smooth, silky du Tertre in 2016, with an emphasis on subtle spicing, full of subtle but unmistakably exotic black chocolate, white pepper and cloves. Elegant and slightly restrained with generously silky tannins, a lovely wine.
James Suckling: 92
A soft and velvety red with plum and chocolate character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a juicy finish. Lots of cabernet franc this year. 30% in blend. But still mostly cabernet sauvignon. Second wine of Tertre.