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Château du Tertre (Margaux AOC): This Classified Growth in 1855 is the first label of Château du Tertre. It is of great sweetness and flavour. Silky and freshness are combined in this flask to bring you the elegance expected of a great Margaux wine. The aging potential of this great wine is between 8 and 20 years or even more for the most exceptional vintages.
The vinification: Tanks: Concrete, wood and stainless steel Temperature management: Thermoregulation Pumping over: varies according to the lots Temperature during the alcoholic fermentation: 25°C Vatting time: 18 to 28 days
The vineyard: Soil: Perfectly drained gravelly knolls from 3 to 5 m
Pressing: horizontal pneumatic
Average alcohol content: from 13 % to 13,5 % of alc./vol.
Planted area: 52 ha
Selection : plot by plot management according to the ages of the vines and the different terroirs
Grape varieties: 43 % Cabernet Sauvignon - 33 % Merlot - 19 % Cabernet Franc – 5 % Petit Verdot
Age of vines: Old vines planted between 1961 and 1965
Ageing: Density: 6 500 à 9 100 stocks /ha
Type of barrels: 100 % French oak barrels(fine grain and medium toast)
Vineyard management: regular soil working, traditional thinning and manual leaf removal (18 ha grown in biodynamic)
Age of barrels: 45% new oak , 55% oak of 1 wine Ageing time: 15 to 17 months
Racking: Every 5 months with candle
Fining: Egg white albumen
Pruning: Double Guyot
Harvest: Hand-picked followed by hand sorting – Optical sorting
Average yield: 35 à 45 hL/ha
BORDEAUX 2000 – A DREAM VINTAGE
Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.
During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.
While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.
2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.
All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.
Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.