Located in the heart of the Margaux appellation, Chateau Marquis de Terme experienced a simpler vintage for 2014 than 2013. However, nature still presented its challenges and obstacles throughout the past year. The growth cycle of the vines was about two weeks ahead of the average schedule, with the first flowering occurring on 19th May. However, the rainy, cool weather throughout the summer caused only an average level of overall flowering, with the later maturing parcels enjoying more heat and sunshine. The extraordinary Indian summer in September brought a beneficial lack of rain for the harvest (with only 22 mm of total rainfall it was one of the driest Septembers in the past century). This lack of rain helped create ideal ripening conditions for the grapes at the end of the season. These specific weather conditions, combined with the terroir and winemaking decisions, has lead the estate to believe that 2014 will among Chateau Marquis de Terme’s outstanding vintages.
The 2014 Chateau Marquis Terme is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. In terms of vinification, the vats were filled by gravity (without pumps) and fermented in stainless steel vats, concrete vats and oak tanks. The wine will be aged for sixteen to eighteen months in French oak barrels (50% with new barrels).