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2009 Ch. Teyssier, Montagne Saint-Emilion
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Ch Teyssier is located in the tiny wine appellation of Montagne Saint Emilion. The vineyard dates back to 15th century and it surrounds a charming 18th century Chatreuese.
The vineyard covers 21 hectares on a clay/limestone hillside to the north-east of St Emilion, and has recently undergone considerable investment in the vineyard, as well as in the Cellar where the vinification chai was completely renovated in 1999. The grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks and then aged in barrels, 30% new, for a year before bottling. The average age of the vines is an impressive 35 years and the annual production is 55,000 bottles.
The estate is managed by the CVGB Dourthe-Kressmann, a leading Bordeaux-based Negociant House which invested heavily to substantial improvements both in the vineyards in the cellar.
The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.
In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.
Montagne-Saint-Émilion is a satellite Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Bordeaux wine region,5km to the north of the town of Saint-Emilion, in the Libourne region and on the right bank of the river Dordogne. Its AOC status was established in 1936, for wines produced on the land of the Montagne commune or in its hamlets, Parsac and Saint-Georges.
It covers approximately 1,600 hectares, with a production of 80,000 hl. Only red wine production is approved under the Montagne-Saint-Émilion AOC. The classic grape varieties from Bordeaux are planted - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Côt (Malbec) etc., although it is Merlot is predominant on the vineyard and the blend.