Du Tertre 2018
- Decanter – Jane Anson – (92)
A touch subdued on the nose, this is an extremely accomplished wine that’s full of pleasure. It holds itself back for a few minutes and you can feel the concentration that comes from small berry size, from a yield of 36hl/ha – pretty good for 2018 considering the gravel and sand terroir will have suffered in the dry summer. But it opens in the glass to reveal bouncy tannins and a layer of slatey minerality that you push up against on the finish. Vinified at 25°C. 50% new oak. 14% Petit Verdot makes up the blend.
- Wine Advocate – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (89 – 91)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 du Tertre is a little reduced to begin, opening out to notions of baked plums, warm cassis and dried mulberries with hints of tar, chargrill and black pepper plus a waft of bouquet garni. Full-bodied with a firm, chewy frame, it has a good amount of baked berries and herbal flavors with a sage-laced finish.
- Wine Spectator – James Molesworth (91-94)
A bright sanguine thread runs from start to finish here, lacing up the damson plum, savory, bitter cherry and black tea notes