Château Marquis de Terme 2018

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• Domaine: Château Marquis de Terme
• Appellation: Margaux
• Classification: Fourth Growth, 4ème Grand Cru Classé
• Origin: Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Château Marquis de Terme is a Fourth Growth estate in Margaux with a long history that dates back to the 1600s.  For the 200 years that comprise the 19th and 20th centuries, only two families  - the Sénéclauze family and the Feuillerat family - have owned the estate.  This is quite a rare feat, considering the turbulence of historical events and economic ups and downs that are inevitable with such an immense passage of time. In the modern era, Château Marquis de Terme has experienced a bit of a renaissance in terms of quality and the team here continues to put great effort into improving the quality of the grand vin at the estate.
The history of the Château Marquis de Terme begins with the original owner Bernard de Faverolles.  In 1661 the property was sold to Pierre des Mesures de Rauzan, the owner of the incomparably vast Rauzan estate.  For those who know their history, they will remember that the Rauzan estate was comprised of what would later be four classified growths.  These properties were Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Rauzan-Gassies, Château Desmirail and last but not least, Château Marquis de Terme.  Château Marquis de Terme was already a favorite of oenophiles in the 1700s, and Thomas Jefferson was known to rhapsodize about his love of this property in his wine journal during his travels to Bordeaux.  The property was classified as a Fourth Growth during the 1855 Classification and in 1886 it was sold to Fredrich Eschenauer, a popular wine négociant at the time.  At the turn of the century, phylloxera dealt the property a very heavy blow, but since then the resilient team at Château Marquis de Terme managed to bounce back.
In the modern era, Château Marquis de Terme is run by the Sénéclauze family. The Sénéclauze brothers are very active in running the daily operations of the estate.  Ludovic David, who formerly worked with Bernard Magrez at Château Fondaudege, is the current managing director. Ludovic and the Sénéclauze brothers have made some unique changes to their winemaking process.  They recently purchased egg-shaped cement vats made by the French group Nomblot that are used at the legendary Rhône producer, Maison M. Chapoutier.  These egg-shaped vats cost a pretty penny, coming in at a staggering 3,000 Euros a piece to age 10 percent of their wines.  Ludovic describes them as a, “Blue-Ray compared to DVD… They give high definition to the fruit – brilliant, vibrant and mineral with a purity of fruit which could be too much alone but is softened and balanced by oak-aged wine.”
In addition to the new equipment, Château Marquis de Terme also has a new tasting room, restaurant headed by Nicholas Lascombes, and a new touring room.  This estate is also one of the few that explains the 1855 Classification in depth to visitors, which is an unusual thing for the properties in Bordeaux to do.  The trajectory of the estate is without a doubt an exciting one, considering the recent investments put into the property.  Praise is beginning to trickle in, and at Laguna Cellar, we look forward to seeing the results.

Tasting Notes

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Marquis de Terme gives up bold blackberry compote, blueberry pie and crème de cassis scents with nuances of menthol, tobacco and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is quite serious and stern, with firm, ripe tannins and seamless freshness to support the pure, pronounced black fruits, finishing with a minty lift." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/23/2019, Interim Issue), Ratings: 91-93

More Information
Stock Status Out of Stock
Appellation Margaux
Vintage 2018
Brand Chateau Marquis de Terme
Shipping Weight 3.000000
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Margaux is well known for its prime location in the Haut-Médoc subregion on the Left Bank along the Gironde estuary, which provides a temperate maritime climate and ideal conditions for grape cultivation. The cultivation of vines and wine production in Margaux can be traced back to Roman times. However, during the Middle Ages, the wine industry in Bordeaux began to take shape, and centuries later, Margaux continued to build its reputation as a premier wine appellation throughout the 20th century. 

Margaux is known for its diverse and complex terroir, with gravelly, sandy, and clay-rich soils. The gravelly soils provide excellent drainage and heat retention, particularly favorable for the ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the primary grape variety grown in Margaux.

Margaux is celebrated for producing elegant and refined red wines. These wines are often described as having a delicate and perfumed character, with aromas of blackcurrant, violets, and other red and black fruits. They are known for their balance, finesse, and exceptional aging potential.

The appellation gained international recognition for producing some of the world's finest wines. Its namesake champion, Château Margaux, was named in 1855 as one of the original First Growths (Premiers Crus). In addition, Margaux is home to these classified estates: Château Palmer, Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Rauzan-Gassies, Château Durfort-Vivens, Château Lascombes, Château Brane-CantenacChâteau Giscours, Château Kirwan, Château d'Issan, Château Malescot St.-Exupery, Château Cantenac Brown, Château Desmirail, Château Ferriere, Château Marquis d'Alesme, Château Boyd-Cantenac, Château Prieuré-Lichine, Château Marquis de Terme, Château Dauzac.

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