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WTN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Howard » Sun May 21, 2006 8:40 pm

  • 2002 Château du Tertre - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (5/21/2006)
    Nice deep purply red. Some forest floor aromas, cassis, red fruits and a little barnyard (not unpleasant). Very soft tannins, decent acidity nice finish. Drunk without food but I think this would be great with steak or burgers.

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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Jenise » Mon May 22, 2006 11:52 am

Howard, haven't had the 02 (heck, I've hardly had any 02's), but du Tertre is one of those good names for us who like aromatic, rustic, and traditional Bordeauxs.
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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Otto » Mon May 22, 2006 8:48 pm

Thanks! I've liked both the vintage and the house so I'm looking forward to trying this.

Any truth to the rumour I've heard - Rolland has become involved with this house? Doesn't sound like it from this note, and doesn't taste like it from some of the older vintages I've had...
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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Dale Williams » Mon May 22, 2006 9:38 pm

I haven't heard anything about Rolland at du Tertre. But certainly in mid to late 90s there were some changes at du Tertre. A more modern wine. One can debate whether that is good or bad, but for my tastes results have been mostly positive. I'm sure they use more new oak than before, but it doesn't seem intrusive at all (at least in the '98-'01 versions - I own a couple bottles of '02 but don't think I've tried yet). Ch. du Tertre seems to have good terroir that they haven't always used well. I've had nice examples of older vintages ('79, '82, ,83), but in some years big disappointments. While I probably would be classified as a traditionalist, if I had to be put in a camp (I don't buy new versions of Pavie or Smith Haut Lafite), the newer du Tertre seems pretty tasty to me.
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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Howard » Tue May 23, 2006 12:49 am

Jenise,
You may recall it was your recommendation (as it has been so often) that caused me to buy this wine. I opened this one with my brother in law who has, until recently, been a big fan of EstanciaSilverOakCaliCabincorporated. He is gradually coming around. :wink:
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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Howard » Tue May 23, 2006 12:53 am

Dale,
The oak was certainly non-intrusive, really it was well integrated as a support structure rather than a key element by itself. Probably not chips, eh? :P
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Re: TN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby Otto » Wed May 24, 2006 2:56 pm

Dale Williams wrote:I'm sure they use more new oak than before, but it doesn't seem intrusive at all (at least in the '98-'01 versions - I own a couple bottles of '02 but don't think I've tried yet).


Thanks for the info. I rather liked the 98 I recently had, and as you say it didn't have prominent oakiness to it. But though initially it was pleasantly shitty, it dissipated really quickly - just after a couple swirls. What was left was pleasant, fairly restrained Bordeaux in a mid-modernist mold. This is the sort of modernism I don't mind at all. (Though I would of course like for the shit to stay a bit longer in the glass...)
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Re: WTN: 2002 Château du Tertre

Postby David Creighton » Wed May 24, 2006 5:31 pm

glad to hear it is doing well. at the january '05 union of grand cru tasting in chicago it was one of my favorites - one of the big successes of the vintage IMO. - very elegant, very margaux
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