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.
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.