Originally established in 1762, the Margaux vineyard was purchased by Pierre Seneclauze in 1935, who has since passed it on to his sons, Pierre-Louis, Philippe and Jean, who are the current owners. Since 2009, the managing director, Ludovic David has been undertaking a new direction for the winery, to expand the operation and bring it into the 21st century. Chateau Marquis de Terme was classified 4th growth in the Official Classification of 1855. Located in the centre of the Margaux appellation, the property shares a similar climate to that enjoyed by the Médoc: maritime, with the Gironde estuary and the Bay of Biscay combining to act as a climate regulator and the coastal pine forests sheltering the vines from the westerly and north-westerly winds. The vineyards (Cabernet Sauvignon 55%; Merlot 35%; Cabernet Franc 3%; Petit Verdot 7%) lie on gravelly-clay soils. Vinification includes approximately 18 months' wood ageing, 40% new oak.
Loads of dark berries and chocolate follow through to a full body. Velvety and tangy with a long finish. Lots of orange peel. Dusty texture. Better in 2017.
PETER MOSER - FALSTAFF MAGAZINE
ROGER VOSS - WINE ENTHUSIAST
88-90 Barrel sample. New World in style, almost too opulent and ripe, with the wood a distraction. This is for lovers of extreme juiciness.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS
Fresh pine forest, smoke and cedar nose. Lighter style with vanilla oak, nice tannin and lingering finish. Bronze, DWWA 2012, Decanter World Wine Awards