The history of Chateau du Tertre dates back almost one thousand years to the 12th century when it was part of the Seigneurie d'Arsac. The vineyards of this ancient chateau stretch over 52 hectares of gravel that have remained intact since it was classified as a Fifth Growth in 1855. The vineyards of Chateau du Tertre is planted to 55% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The average age of the vines is 45 years, with a few vines reaching 75 years of age. One of the most elevated vineyards in Margaux, the Chateau Tertre's terroir has helped it gain a worldwide reputation and the chateau's wines reflect the soul of this unique terroir. The wines of Chateau du Tertre can be enjoyed young with minimal decanting but will show better with age. Depending on the vintage character, the wine can reach its peak maturity after 10-20 years of bottle age. Dutch businessman Eric Albada Jelgersma has owned Chateau du Tertre since 1997.