Bright, dark ruby-red. Rather wild aromas of licorice, pepper, game and sexy lees. Then dense and fresh on the palate, with a suave texture but a slightly medicinal coolness to the peppery blue fruit, black olive, licorice and fresh herb flavors. The animal quality carries through in the mouth. Finishes with a touch of greenness. Showing limited personality today: am I catching this wine at an awkward stage? (A second sample showed more classic Margaux aromas and flavors of blueberry, blackberry, licorice and minerals; a supple texture with a saline complexity; an attractive restrained sweetness; and a persistent finish featuring suave tannins. This bottle merited 90 points.)
Robert Parker 93
Deep garnet in color, the 2010 du Tertre sashays out of the glass with pretty notions of black tea, fragrant soil, wilted roses and kirsch over a cassis and blackberry pie core. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bright, vibrant, crunchy fruit with a firm, grainy texture and bags of freshness, finishing with great length and energy.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045