Marquis de Terme 2003 - Margaux
75 cl - 12.5% Alc vol (supposedly)
Very good conditions
Slightly stained label
Optimal storage conditions
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Tasted for hitself on January 17, 2021, on a cold Valais evening
Marquis de Terme 2003 tasting notes:
1st Nose: Powerful, empyreumatic (complicated word for toasted notes), dominance of Brazil nuts (if you do not know, taste in you will see they have the aroma of many great Bordeaux including Cos)
2nd nose a few minutes later after aeration: The nose makes us salivate, notes of powerful prunes, blackberry jam, very black cherries. It is welcoming but warns us, it is a serious wine, the power is barely hidden.
First tasting: The attack is dry, slightly astringent, the tannins are almost melted but still there. Leather, wood, the beast is powerful and still struggles well.
We let it breathe ten minutes in a carafe before returning there.
Second half and resumption of hostilities. Wine is no longer the same! The prune is back, the palate is round, gourmet, fruity and spicy. The length is impressive and continues more than 10 minutes after the last sip with a sweet note of liquorice! The sips follow one another frantically. This wine is greedy, harmonious and full.
At WUAT we are purists, we like when a Margaux is a Margaux and a Cabernet tastes like a Cabernet. So to be honest this wine is not a Margaux, nor a Marquis de Terme. Blindly, it would have been very difficult to locate it. You would have told me it's a Trevallon I would have believed you without hesitation.
We did not know how the Bordeaux of scorching vintages were going to evolve, we thought that the "jammy" side would make the wines suffocating and unsuitable for aging. We were wrong. Certainly wine does not match the standard. But what a pleasure, what a treat, we highly recommend it.
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