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.
|Score: 90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (176), April 2008|
A beautiful Margaux made in a flashy, flamboyant style, Du Tertre will repay earlier drinking than many of the big 2005 Medocs. It exhibits a dark saturated purple color, beautiful aromas of licorice-infused blackberries and black currants, sweet truffles, incense, and barbecue spices, an expansive, savory, medium to full-bodied personality with tremendous opulence as well as sweetness, and a heady, fleshy finish. This hedonist 2005 should be at its finest between 2010-2025.
|Score: 91/93||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (170), April 2007|
A terrific, fruit-forward Margaux offering wonderful smoky, melted licorice, chocolate, espresso, creme de cassis, and wild mountain berry notes, the 2005 Du Tertre possesses a dense purple color, medium to full body, superb purity, a sweet, expansive texture, and surprisingly silky, but lofty tannins. This brilliant wine should be at its best between 2008-2020.
|Score: 91/94||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006|
Good berry fruit, with delicate tannins and a fresh finish. Pleasing.
|Score: 85/88||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2006|
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.
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2017|
Mid ruby. Relatively light with some stony character on the nose. Racy and lively but a little bit of ersatz sweetness. Not exactly a classic wine. Tannins in evidence on the finish. Just a bit gawky and simple. 13%
|Score: 16||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2015|
Very intense colour and nose - even rather porty. A little green note. Round and full and sweet and a real charmer. The tannins are neat. The acidity is sufficient. This is not classic dry Margaux - it is a voluptuous, non-classic version - but it succeeds within its own rather sweet frame of reference and should wow those who drink it. Drink 2012-19
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2006|
Concentrated colour and extraction, quite meaty and a bit four-square at the moment, fine depth of fruit, but lacks some fragrance and freshness. Drink 2009-18.
|Score: 15.5||Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, April 2006|
Lean, ungiving, rather hard tannins. Yet powerful and will be good. Drink from 2013. Awarded 3 stars.
|Score: 14.5||Decanter Magazine, Decanter Magazine, July 2008|