The small Tour des Termes estate has been owned by the Anney family since 1938, with winegrowing in the family line since 1876. The 15 hectares of vines are mostly planted out to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% and 30% respectively in this, the château’s flagship wine, with a further 5% each Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot making up the blend. Following a long maceration, maturation is in French oak barrels (50% new) for 15 months.
Medium bodied and rich brick red in colour, the nose is a restrained mix of autumnal hedgerow fruit and savoury, oaky elements, toasted nuts, tobacco leaf, vanilla and oak spice. It’s delightfully fresh on the palate, dark berry fruits lifted by creamy tannins, great minerality and a fine acidic line throughout, with hints of roasted coffee beans, coconut and almond on a long, smooth finish.
Château Tour des Termes owes its name to an old tower located on a plot called Les Termes. The discovery of moorings for boats of Gallo-Roman origin at the foot of the tower, favours the idea of an old lighthouse at this location, thus marking the entrance to an outer port of the ancient city, now Bordeaux. The name les termes would mean “the end of the lands”.
They are rare in this appellation to offer so much freshness without losing gluttony and tender warmth on the finish. A superb balance.
"Christophe Annay is owner here, and in 2015 has produced a lovely wine. Authentic and juicy with a sweet touch. Petit Verdot vinified integrally in barrel." — 91 points, Jane Anson.
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