"Tertre" denotes the summit of a hill, its highest point. And indeed, the Château du Tertre is at the highest point of the Margaux appellation, surrounded by gently sloping terraced vineyards. While many classified estates have changed constantly since their creation through vineyard exchanges, purchases or sales, the parcel plan at du Tertre has not changed in 200 years.
Once part of the extensive manor of Arsac, du Tertre began its career as an independent wine estate in the 17th century. For a long time it belonged to the famous Gasqueton wine family, who in 1995 sold it to Dutch businessman Eric Albala – who also owns the neighbouring Château Giscours estate and Caiarossa in Tuscany.
He invested substantial sums in restoring the vineyards, upgraded the winery with the latest technology and had the estate buildings lavishly renovated, thus transforming this "sleeping beauty" château into a truly top-class Margaux estate. Today du Tertre even offers overnight stays, enabling guests to experience life on a Grand Cru estate up close and personal.
There are 50 hectares of fine gravel soils, planted with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet franc. The relatively high proportion of Cabernet franc influences the style of the wine, which is characterized by a skilful blend of elegance and richness – but also by particular spiciness and florality. A pleasure to drink after just six to eight years, it can be laid down for much longer.