In the past, this estate was planted with roughly one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. New owners arrived in 1997 and big changes followed, with the proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot both climbing, and Merlot falling back. The 2016 wine is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, presently ageing in 40% new barrels.
Colour is rich, deep purple, the nose showing beautifully perfumed fruitiness. The palate has impressive volume, intense fruitiness, fresh, satin-like texture and exceptional length. Having enjoyed the 2015 so much last year, this 2016 is another great vintage for du Tertre (for drinking 2022-2035+).