Château Teyssier, St Emillion Grand Cru, 2012

  Château Teyssier

Chateau Teyssier is now one of the largest estates in St Emilion. Spread over many plots, with diverse terroir, it is always a crowd pleaser and always offers good value for money. Recent efforts such as the 2009 and 2010 have been awarded 92/100 by Robert Parker; not bad for a wine that costs about £10 a bottle en primeur! A dense, brooding nose with spicy, smoky, earthy notes and forest fruits. The palate possesses lots of depth, refreshing acidity and crunchy, red and black fruit, mineral touches and refined tannins. This is already very approachable and will be perfect for drinking in three or four years’ time. 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 12.8% alcohol.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Teyssier

Teyssier is a Grand Cru, located in the appellation of St Emilion. The history of winemaking at the estate stretches back to 1714, but the estate has undergone a revolution in since the now proprietor, Jonathan Maltus took the reins in the mid nineties. Ambitious purchasing has seen the estate grow into one of the biggest on the right bank. Total production is now up to 15,000 cases, produced from numerous terroirs. The result is spectacular; Teyssier is one of the most consistent and high quality wines from Bordeaux at this price level.

Appellation: St Emilion

St-Émilion is a very different region to those of the Médoc, dominated by small-holding farmers and estates rather than grand Châteaux. Merlot is widely planted as is Cabernet Franc in some parts. The wines are enormously variable in style depending on the terroir, the grape variety make-up and winemaking style. Loosely the region is divided between the limestone Côtes, Graves or gravelly limestone plateau or the sandy alluvial soils nearer the Dordogne. Traditionally Médoc wines were trade from Bordeaux and St Emilions from Libourne so they have their own classification system separate to that of 1855. The classification is revised every ten years and falls into four categories, St Emilion, St Emilion Grand Cru, St Emilion Grand Cru Classé and St Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé
Most of the district's best properties are either on the steep, clay-limestone hillsides immediately below the town or on a gravelly section of the plateau west of St Emilion itself abutting Pomerol. There are several high profile estates in the region, including Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Figeac, Le Dôme, Valandraud and Pavie.

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.