It's a treat to have premium aged Bordeaux like this available, and this delicious Margaux is just a delight.
Plump and full, but so savoury too - it's what you want Bordeaux to be, with beautiful fine tannins and a long long finish.
A superb Bordeaux showing exceptional concentration and complexity. Rapsberry, and dense black cherry fruits are supported by an ample palate with great balance and complexity giving good ageing potential. Not to be missed.
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.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Attractively fruited and inviting, the bouquet shows dark plum, blackcurrant, mixed spice, roasted almond and subtle dried herb notes. The palate is succulent and elegantly weighted, delivering lovely fruit intensity backed by fine/firm tannins, finishing lingering and pleasingly dry. At its best: now to 2022.
ROBERT PARKER - WINE ADVOCATE
The 2014 Marquis-de-Terme offers strawberry preserve and raspberry coulis on the nose, quite pure and generous, though I would like to see more mineralité and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. The oak needs to fully knit on the entry, though there is sufficient fruit to absorb that with time, and the finish feels caressing in the mouth. If this can foster more terroir expression, more personality, then it will merit a higher score. It's like a film director yelling at the actress... give me more!