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Château Teyssier Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008

The Experience

Drink When...
Watching Searching for Sugarman
Listen To...
Sixto Díaz Rodríguez
Think About...
Is this famous in South Africa?
Drink With...
Slow roast shoulder of lamb

The Oddbins Take

Have you seen the film Searching for Sugarman? If not, then we recommend you do; it’s a masterpiece, but it means this tasting note won’t make much sense. If you have seen it, then Château Teyssier from Montagne-Saint-Émilion is the Rodriguez of wine: sweetly melodious and timelessly classic with a compelling history and an enthralling finish. Like Rodriguez, who managed to pass most of the world by despite his brilliant, Montagne Saint-Emilion is somewhat overshadowed by its more famous neighbour, Saint-Emilion, but we think it's about time for its big-screen debut.

The Vital Statistics

Country
France
Region
Montagne Saint Emilion
Classification
Appellation contrôlée
Vintage
2008
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next 5 Years
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
375g/l
14.0%
Alcohol Units
10.5

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The Style

Grape
Merlot (85%), Cabernet Franc (12%), Cabernet Sauvignon (5%)
Character
Aged Style, Leafy Herby
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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This ancient vineyard dates back to the 15th century and lies on a clay-limestone hillside a few kilometres to the north-east of Saint-Emilion, an appellation with which it is comparable. Confusingly, this wine has no relation (apart perhaps historically) to the Chateau Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru made by Jonathan Maltus. It is owned by the negociant Dourthe. Since 1993, Dourthe has been in charge of management of the estate and the sale of its wines.

Major investments have been made in the vineyard as well as for the wine-making facilities.In the vineyard, a further 12 hectares of vines were replanted between 1993 and 2000. The vine-growing techniques were modified to improve the quality of the grapes: changes to the way the vines are trained to increase leaf surface area, leaf-stripping, green harvesting when necessary and application of rational vine-treatment methods to the whole of the vineyard. Pascal Zanuto has been responsible for winemaking at Château Teyssier for nearly 15 years. In 1993, the system for receiving the harvest in the winery was adapted, with the installation of a conveyor belt to transport the grapes without crushing them. In 1999, the Château purchased a new pneumatic press. The vat-house was also totally reworked: replacement of bronze hatches and taps by stainless steel, epoxy coating and temperature control installed on all the concrete vats and purchase of small stainless-steel vats with temperature control. The cellar has been totally renovated and extended. It now has 400 barrels of which half are replaced each year.

This has bright, red berry fruit aromas followed by lovely raspberry fruit. On the palate it is full bodied with supple ripe tannins and lovely length.

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