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History

Pierre Sénéclauze was born in Oran, in Algeria, in 1903. At that time his father was a successful broker dealing in high quality wines. “They had a well-established reputation both in France and abroad with a substantial private clientele. The wines were much in demand, and it was a thriving business”. At the age of 17, Pierre Sénéclauze started to work alongside his father. In 1935 he left Oran for "mainland" France in order to visit their network and boost sales. However he had another idea in mind : to find a good property to buy in the Médoc. His astute friend Paul Quié had told him that, following the stock market crash, a lot of French vineyards were being sold for next to nothing, and that there were some interesting opportunities. Pierre Sénéclauze bought Château Marquis de Terme that same year.

He took over the management of the property. Dynamic and respectful of tradition, the Sénéclauze family were already involved in exporting high quality Algerian wines and were able to make sound choices, entrusting the running of the property to various stewards and managers. Initially Daniel Cazes continued as intendant and then, on reaching retirement, was replaced by his brother-in-law, Alexander Tolo. 

From 1954, the young Sénéclauze sons, Pierre-Louis, Philippe and Jean, became involved in the management of Marquis de Terme. Alexandre Tolo continued to improve the vineyard, and "Château Marquis de Terme very often won medals and other prizes at agricultural shows."

September 1972 saw the arrival of Jean-Pierre Hugon as Director, when Alexandre Tolo reached retirement age. Not having any children, he left his job reluctantly in 1974, at the age of 75 years-old, and died in 1989. In 1976, Jean-Pierre Hugon undertook a programme to renew all of the casks. This was a significant investment but necessary in order to ensure optimal quality.

 

In January 2009, between the second and the third generations of the Sénéclauze family, a new director arrived at the château. Since 2009, Ludovic David has introduced, with the support of the owners, far-reaching new policies, with a more international focus.  

 

Various projects have been completed at the property : the restoration and furnishing of a new tasting room, renovation of the winery with the installation of new technology, and investment in international communication and press relations.

 

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Vineyards

Château Marquis de Termes' vineyard is located in the communes of Margaux and Cantenac, and covers an area of 40 hectares. Margaux's magnificent terroir is characterized by gravelly soil, originally from the Garonne river.The gravel consists of small stones, pebbles, sand and silt.The rest of the soil structure is made up of clay and limestone, which vary in their proportions depending on the plot.

In Margaux, the gravel typically consists of 10 to 12% clay, 3 to 12% silt, 30 to 50% of sand and 20 to 45% of small stones and pebbles. Layers can occur with depths of up to 5 or even 7 metres, which allow the vines to develop very deep roots, and ensures a very stable water supply.

Three grape varieties are used in the production of Château Marquis de Termes :

- Cabernet-Sauvignon :  This grape produces wines with a superb colour.
                                        It gives Château de Marquis de Termes' grand vin

                                        solidity and enables it to develop finesse as it  

                                        gradually improves with age.

- Merlot :                          Always the first to ripen, Merlot gives the wines

                                        suppleness and body.

- Petit-Verdot :                 This grape brings strong colours and energy; it

                                        also produces wines with good "grip" and a high

                                        alcohol content.

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Wine Moments

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 Dhruv Sawhney, Wine Lover (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Vintage 1961 tasting with Mouton, Lafleur, Petrus, Latour, La Chapelle, Palmer etc.

3m 12d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

5m 11h ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  55 wines 

Finally, after some busy days tasting back home in Oslo, here is 2016 Margaux. A vintage with a lot of success in this commune as well. Beautiful texture, pure fruits and that gorgeous scented in abundance almost Margaux typicity that is shining very clearly this year. Another stellar commune in 2016.

5m 15h ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

5m 6d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

5m 6d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  109 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Part II / Château Margaux 2015 / 100-points / Medium deep colour. Lovely cherry, cola, herb aromas. Silky smooth beautifully balanced wine with red currant, red cherry plum flavours with graphite, espresso, chinotto notes, fine loose knit lacy slightly graphite textures and roasted coffee mocha notes. Fruit expands towards the back palate with light graphite plume at the finish. One of the great wines of the vintage and an evocative salute to Ch Margaux’s great winemaker Paul Pontallier (22nd April 1956 – 27th March 2016). 98-100 points ”

1y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  502 wines 

“2015 will be one of the excellent vintages however hardly to compare to 2009 and 2010 or 2005. In 2015 the region played a major role, terroir was the key to success. For red wines, the limestone plateau in Saint-Emilion performed extremely well as there was water available during the hot summer days and drainage proved to be ideal during rainy August. Therefore the best wines of Saint-Emilion come from limestone soils. The sandy parts of the appellation produced a quite heterogeneous result. In Pomerol it looked the same with very successful wines from the central plateau and more heterogeneous qualities from the areas around. In Fronsac it was not only the terroir which proved important, the vintners decision had a major impact. Pessac-Léognan did extremely well in this vintage with a homogenous quality. The Médoc was divided. The southern part, mainly Margaux and the southern part of Saint-Julien have seen less rain and produced more powerful wines. The northern part of the Médoc, especially Pauillac and Saint-Estèphe have produced a very fine and elegant style with excellent persistence. On the good terroirs, the seeds were ripe which results in very ripe tannins with a silky or velvety expression. In addition the cooler conditions of autumn provoked a very pure and fresh fruit. For the dry white wines the quality depends very much on the origin again. Due to the hot and dry growing season, a lot of white wines show very mild, almost soft acidity but also some phenolic hints in the aftertaste. A few dry white wines are standing out, having preserved freshness and acidity. The sweet wines are remarkably good, very rich in character and the best of them have a crisp acidity balancing the opulent sugar. The tasting conditions were rather good, however the weather was quite mixed affecting the presentation of the wines. The wines were tasted blind where possible and open. The final decision on the rating is based on both tasting types.”

1y 5m ago

 Sho-Chieh Tsiang / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  24 wines 

“First day of the Bordeaux 2015 en Primeur-tasting is behind - my favourites are so far Angelus, Canon, Canon-la-Caffeliere, Smith-Haut-Lafitte and Domaine de Chevalier.”

1y 5m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  124 wines 

“Today’s Bordeaux 2013 tasting was very interesting. Margaux and Saint-Julien are performing much better than in the primeur tasting.”

1y 8m ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“The celebration continues -Day 3 of the huge 1961 vintage tasting.”

2y 4m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  193 wines 

“Bordeaux Primeurs 2015 / Vintage 2014 wines from 88-94 points”

2y 5m ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château Marquis De Terme . In a tasting of  18 wines 

“Château Marquis de Terme 1961:Good spicy nose with a touch of tar. Voluptous. Great surprise. 97 its and then Château Lafleur
Fabulous nose. A great wine! 100 pts.”

2y 7m ago

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