Alexander Van Beek
Atop its single block of eighty hectares, Château du Tertre looks out over fifty-two hectares of superbly exposed vines. Remarkably, this is one of the rare estates which cover the same surface area of vineyard as at the time of the 1855 classification. The Margaux soils reach their highest point here, and it is one of the highest gravel outcrops of the Médoc area. Château du Tertre has opted for oak fermentation vats, into which the fruit falls by gravity so that the grapes continue to be handled with maximum care. Though having modernized the estate, they have managed to maintain traditional methods while taking advantage of the latest innovations, making the wines of Château du Tertre superbly powerful and tannic with excellent aging potential.