The Right Bank of Bordeaux was first identified by the Romans as ideal for wine production. The region is made up by a series of limestone plateaux running along the Dordogne River which are then cooled by the sea breezes off the Atlantic. Since the Roman times the techniques have been evolving to bring the best out of the region with some of the most expensive merlot wines in the world being produced here with their characteristic power and elegance.Tertre de Casard over delivers from this pedigree. Dark ruby in colour, with a fresh nose of summer fruits, and a hint of mint. Soft and round, very accessible with a good depth of flavour, and a dry finish. it has a great length. Owned by the Tobler family this is a small Right Bank estate in the foothills behind the Dordogne River. The focus here is to create powerful wines which express their terroir with harmony and balance…the 2010 year was a good vintage!
|Grape Variety||Merlot 70%, Cabernet 30%|
|Food Pairing||A good steak|
|Producer||Chateau du Tertre de Cascard|
|Ageing Potential||6-10 years|
"Punches above its weight for an AC Bordeaux and gained the panel’s universal approval. I liked its perfumed nose with red fruits and hints of tobacco and hay. The palate’s full and plump with sweet fruit and plenty of soft tannin. Bennie found, “A benign sourness (as in sour cherries) with tangy herbal notes. It has good energy and the flavours show slate-like mineral touches. Firm, yet with pliancy in its texture.” The wine’s ready now and should hold for a few years.
Rated 93 by Gourmet Traveller Wine’s Panel of Expert Tasters
Top 10 'Bordeaux Beauties' under $100, August/September 2014
"Château du Tertre de Cascard is a blend of 70% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon from the right bank of Bordeaux. It is quite a complex offering for an AOP Bordeaux and certainly overachieves. It has aromatics of blackcurrant, dried currant, redcurrant, wood spice and cedar with time in the glass. The palate has some depth, grippy tannins and good length on the finish, with the aromatics carrying through to flavour the palate. It grows a substantial structure and depth in the glass with air, and accordingly, I would recommend decanting this wine for at least 45 minutes before approaching. This is a savoury, weighty and balanced expression of a Bordeaux merlot blend that is really quite enjoyable."
Sean Mitchell, The Grape Observer, www.grapeobserver.com, June 2014