What makes Bordeaux wines so fascinating are the vintages that follow one another but are never the same: discover the notes and comments on the 2022 vintage of Château Marquis de Terme.
The vintage 2022 of Château Marquis de Terme, an astonishing success
A historic scenario with a majestic finish
The 2022 vintage will have been an historic year, sun-blessed, making this vintage unique and set to be promising. The year starts with a mild and dry winter followed by a cold, wet spring without (cryptogamic) vine deseases. The dry and hot conditions were so favorable for a quick and even flowering (a first flower appeared on May 15th in our vineyards). The vine, in great shape, then saw the fruit set promising a very good harvest. Thanks to the significant water reserve from 2021 the vine, a Mediterranean plant, showed its strong resistance to heat and right through the very dry summer.
Vintage 2022 : the earliest first harvests in 15 years
Harvesting began on 13th September, with merlot which will show a rich and balanced juice. On 21st September the petit verdot are harvested reveal deep colors and a pleasant acidity. From 22nd September to 29th September, the cabernet sauvignon was harvested bringing the structure and elegance to our wines. Thus 2022 vintage is the earliest at the Chateau de Marquis de Terme in the past 15 years.
2022 : a tailored vintage
The cultural practices implemented at the Chateau and individual plot management enabled to preserve our vineyards as much as possible and encourage its adaptation to severe drought condition. Indeed, we have developed a strategy to optimize water resources and set up cover crops for each of our plots. We also postponed pruning dates, in order to encourage late bud burst and therefore the lifecycle of the vine is less prone to damage by an early frost. As a matter of fact, due to today’s knowledge, tailor-made leaf thinning, leaving the grass cover in the rows, the vine’s deep roots, along with natural resistance to hydric stress, the Marquis de Terme’s team obtains the best of the vineyard’s potential. We carefully selected the best rootstocks adapted to climatic changes and for making great wines.
Notes and comments Primeurs on the 2022 vintage, vibrant with freshness and aromatic subtlety
Terre de Vins : 95-96
“Fruit noir écrasé, touche de lavande, c’est joliment séducteur, comme à l’habitude. La bouche est bien centrée, sur une maturité maîtrisée. Les tanins sont légèrement grillés, apportant une touche d’austérité à ce stade mais le vin se déroule en droiture, porté par une jolie fraîcheur. C’est une bonne interprétation du millésime.”
XL-Vins : 95-96
Bernard BURTSCHY : 95-96
Decanter : 94
“Sumptuous and svelte, this has a nice sleek core with a smooth texture – clean fruit offset by present, grippy and fleshv tannins that coat the whole mouth. Fruit feels ripe and well worked and this has shots of cool freshness and nice balancing aciditv. Clean and stylish with puritv, length and lots lo like and where the ample tannins combine with serious juiciness that gives energy and focus. A great wine from Margaux and consistently good quality from this estate run by Ludovic David.”
BETTANE & DESSEAUVE : 94
Le Point : 17
“Nez iris, fruits noirs, bouche souple, tanins fins, vin élégant, droit, finale relevée, équilibré.”
La Revue des Vins de France : 93-95
“Blackcurrant, black olive and black berry aromas and flavors. Full and chewy with very polished tannins.It’s all integrated and focused. Solid young wine here.”
Tim ATKIN : 93
“Very deep violet and sweet purple fruit aromas with some spices of clove and liquorice from oak. Palate flooding texture and depth with a lovely silkiness and velvet quality to the tannins. Profound and rich with a freshness and floral complexity and excellent fruit weight. Long and very smooth finish with a lovely cool mineral hint. This will benefit from its year in (60%) new oak, and then take a while to show of its best but, as is to be expected from the hand of Ludovic David, a continuation in the year-on-year improvement at this château.”
Yves BECK : 93-94
“Le bouquet de Marquis de Terme se révèle de manière subtile au travers de nuances d’épices douces et de baies noires. Le vin dispose de tannins élégants, parfaitement intégrés, qui confèrent une agréable sucrosité et qui offrent un support fiable à l’ensemble du palais. Un vin friand avec une bonne expression en finale. L’ensemble doit gagner en harmonie ; les perspectives sont prometteuses.” 2028-2042
Jeb DUNNUCK : 92-94
“The finest vintage to date from this château, the 2022 Château Marquis De Terme checks in as 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, all of which is resting in 50% new French oak. This terroir can often yield a more foursquare wine, yet director Ludovic David has done a great job over the past decade, and the wines today show much more finesse and elegance. Sporting a deep purple hue as well as terrific notes of pure cassis, blueberries, flowers, and spicy oak, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a pure, layered mouthfeel, and solid, building tannins. It’s a terrific Margaux. Tasted twice.”
Alexandre MA : 92-93
“When the highly concentrated vintage of 2022 meets the “intensely rich” Château Marquis de Terme, would one anticipate a collision of cosmic proportions? Yet, from my tasting experience, it doesn’t overreach; instead, it maintains a remarkable balance, and the “Fermentation Intégrale” keeps the tannins in check. Swirling the glass reveals not an overpowering berry aroma, but rather a delightful hint of violet, a pleasant surprise. Although the wine’s body remains robust, the tannins are notably silky, preventing any sense of heaviness. For aficionados of bold, super structured wines, the Château Marquis de Terme 2022 is undeniably a top choice.”
Jeff Leve : 94
“Lusciously-textured, supple, creamy, fullbodied, and deep, the fruits and long, silky and vibrant, leaving you with layers of ripe, black, and deep red, sweet, fresh, elegant berries. Drink from 2026-2050.”