Tasted blind. Looks quite evolved at the rim. Ruby colour. Very mellow, developed Merlot nose. Flattering and forward. Much less obvious tannin than most of these 2005s. Easy, flattering wine for drinking now. A bit simple.
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024
Robert Parker 90
Even in the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage, Du Tertre remains under most consumer’s radar. Made by essentially the same winemaking team as Giscours, this cuvee exhibits a dense purple color, followed by earthy, truffle, smoky blackberry, floral, and cassis aromas. It is a beautifully pure, medium to full-bodied wine with abundant but sweet tannin, fine opulence, a multilayered texture, and a long finish that is neither aggressive nor astringent. Cellar it for another 3-4 years, and consume it over the following 20-25.
Anticipated maturity: 2011-2036