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The Chateau Marquis de Terme proudly rests in the heart of the Margaux appellation, on the left bank of Bordeaux. The origins of this vineyard date back to the 15th century, but the estate took on its current name in the 18th century when the Marquis de Terme took over the running of the estate. Since 1935, the Sénéclauze family has owned this estate, a true reference among the great Margaux wines.
Chateau Marquis de Terme’s 39.5-hectare vineyard is planted on deep gravel soils, a typical feature of the Margaux appellation, made up of thick quartz and quartzite. Some plots are more clayey. The vineyard is 35 years old on average and is managed in a plot-by-plot manner, with a respect for the environment.
A cool winter preceded a spring season which combined mildness, sunshine and humidity, favored the rapid and even development of both the leaf surface and the vines. Well ahead, the dry climatic conditions during summer slowed the vineyard's development down. Although the heat in September confirmed the potential of this vintage, it led to water stress in certain plots. The heavy rainfall recorded at the end of the month, combined with the high temperatures during the day, forced the chateau's teams to make drastic choices in order to harvest the plots at optimum ripeness.
The vinification and aging
Plot selection. Manual harvesting. Rigorous sorting in the vineyard and in the cellar in order to keep only the best quality grapes. Vatting by gravity-flow without pumping over. Vinification in temperature-controlled concrete and stainless steel tanks. The wine is aged for 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new.
Cabernet Sauvignon (55%)
Petit verdot (5%).
The color is a beautiful deep ruby red with subtle purple hues.
Delicious, fruity and delicate, the nose blends fragrances of crushed plum and raspberry coulis.
Smooth and refined, the palate seduces with its fine feel and its delicious tobacco notes.
Enjoy today, this Chateau Marquis de Terme 2012 can wait in the cellar until 2022, enabling it toreveal its full aromatic range.